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Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is a veteran teacher and writer and the publisher of Brilliant or Insane. He is the author of five education books, including Role Reversal and The 5-Minute Teacher (ASCD 2013), two books in Corwin’s Connected Educators Series, and one of Amazon’s most popular education books,  Assessment 3.0: Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning (Corwin, 2015). Mark is co-author of the forthcoming book, Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School (Times 10, 2015) and editor of the Hack Learning Series.


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Angela Stockman

Angela Stockman is a former English teacher and senior writer at Brilliant or Insane. Angela is the founder of the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, a community of writers and teachers of writing in Buffalo, New York. She is also an education consultant with expertise in curriculum design, instructional coaching, and assessment. In just a few months, Angela has acquired a huge audience of loyal readers here at B or I.  Learn more about her at

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Gerald Aungst

Gerald Aungst has more than 20 years experience as a professional educator, specializing in digital technology, mathematics, and gifted education. In his various roles as a classroom teacher, gifted support specialist, administrator, curriculum designer, and professional developer, he has worked to create a rich and vibrant learning culture. He is also passionate about improving learning opportunities for all students. Gerald is a founder of and


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Reed Gillespie

Reed Gillespie is a longtime educator and coach, who is passionate about progressive learning and 21st-century assessment practices.

“I’m a co-moderator of #VAchat, a Twitter conversation for Virginia (and non-Virginian) educators that meets Monday’s at 8 ET. Most importantly, I’m a husband and father of four wonderful children and a grandchild. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading, sports and, of course, spending time with family.”


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Forrie Miller


Brilliant or Insane contributor Forrest Miller is a writer and an educator, specializing in ESL. He is from Oregon, currently living and teaching in China. Forrest writes on progressive, hands-on learning practices and technology trends.



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Mark Barnes is the Founder of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books and other series that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.