Michele Israel Educational Writing & Consulting (

Brooklyn, NY 1996-Present
Independent contractor with solid program development/management competencies; quality writing abilities across varied products; grant writing skills resulting in substantial funding for socio-educational organizations; and expert curriculum development/instructional design capabilities

Multifaceted Writer
Served non-profit writing needs with a portfolio of over 40+ items that include published articles, best practices guides, strategic plans, qualitative assessments, technical documents, program recommendations, newsletters, discussion guides, among others

Selected Highlights
“Serving Up Food Justice” (2013) Teaching Tolerance Magazine (readership of 495,000) Explores how school gardens connect students to the food justice movement, and: “Tongue Tied” Delves (2014; co-authored) Recommends strategies for appropriately addressing the topic of enslavement in the classroom, along with relevant historic background
Interfaith Understanding: Possibilities for Schools (2010) Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) (reaches 260+ private schools) Features eight youth-focused interfaith-dialogue programs
“Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School” (2005) Education World (138,000 readers) Describes how teacher-to-teacher observation enhances instruction
Students and Mentors: A Powerful Combination (2005) The Actuarial Foundation Reports on the Advancing Student Achievement grant program for schools that use actuaries as math mentors

Instructional/Curriculum Design Expert
•Conceptualized and created 200+ sets of digital and print instructional materials on myriad topics for 30+ non-profit, corporate, and media entities, serving grades 6-12, collegiate students, educators, and adult learners
•Performed needs assessments to optimize learning that met training goals of municipal and social service agencies, benefitting 400+ clients and staff
•Applied varied teaching learning theories and methodologies to produce content of enduring quality assurance
•Collaborated with clients and SMEs teams to create 600+ hours of virtual and instructor-led training, generating content of enduring quality assurance
•Mentored 30+ trainers, program staff, and writers on curriculum design and implementation resulting in 75%-100% increase in products achieving desired learning objectives and outcomes

Selected Highlights
Frost Valley YMCA (2014-2016) Conceptualized and designed five-lesson healthy eating and five-lesson gardening curricula, a physical activity instructional resource, and accompanying facilitator guides to complement the camp’s wellness efforts, serving over 4,000 youth and employing 250 staff during summer
Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation (2016) Consulted on curriculum design for a three-tier, multi-week intensive training program serving 40+ teens
ASCD (2009-present) (125,000 members from more than 138 countries) Produced content on educational trends and topics for 28 channels of the award-winning PD in Focus, benefitting 50,000 + educators, many in the 100 largest U.S. school districts
IEEE (2016-present) Developed curriculum and facilitator guides on technical standards for global professors
Tiffany & Co. (2015) Constructed eLearning storyboards for mandated employee training
POV Documentary (2013-present) Generated 19 digital middle and high school standards-aligned lesson plans, with over 470,000 unique page views in 2015
Aspiranet (2012-2014) Designed 28-hour eLearning course for 500+ foster parents
Teaching Tolerance (2011) Wrote 24-page study guide for high-school-college students to complement play “White Noise,” which explores dominance of hate speech in music, press, schoolyard settings…all among venues where such language, often protected by the First Amendment, can exist
WETA (2003; educational materials housed on PBS Learning Media, serving over 1.8 million registered users) Produced 17-page discussion guide—along with online lesson plans and resources—accompanying the 2003 Ted Turner documentary Avoiding Armageddon, created to raise awareness and launch dialogue about weapons of mass destruction and terrorism

Grant Writing Specialist
•Secured new and renewed foundation, municipal, and corporate grants for range of socio-educational programming, resulting in over $2.5 million and increasing revenue upwards of 200%
•Identified funding support through extensive outreach to and networked solicitation meetings with potential funders and essential stakeholders
•Tracked multiple traditional and non-traditional grant sources to substantially diversify funding support
•Raised revenue upwards of %150 for 15+ small and emerging non-profits to jumpstart fundraising efforts in absence of full-time development staff and build out “sellable” organizations
•Engineered new initiatives and corresponding budgets to elevate organizational services and positive outcomes for targeted constituents
•Composed compelling and letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and stewardship reports
•Spearheaded needs assessments and conducted extensive research to identify and secure funding leads

Selected Highlights

New Voices Middle School (2013-2016) Secured $540,000+ in corporate, foundation, and municipal funding, increasing revenue by 300%
Hebrew Public: Charter School for Global Citizens (2016) Secured $85,000 in foundation and city grants during short-term project timeframe
NYC Council District 38 (2015-2016) Facilitated (as volunteer) 15-member education committee to review and select community education projects for inclusion on FY 2016 participatory budgeting ballot, ultimately helping to secure almost $1.8 million for school technology upgrades
Literacy, Inc. (1995) Garnered over $1 million in New York State funding to launch literacy organization

Program Management/Project Development
•Conceptualized, implemented, managed projects designed to enhance offerings provided to targeted participants
•Defined and secured resources required for project development and completion
•Collaborated with diverse agencies and individuals for marketing, public relations, press coverage, and special events to underscore agency success and build audience
•Initiated and led range of program development practices to enhance organizational roles and impact: strategic planning, assessment, focus groups, benchmarking, among others
•Designed and facilitated training /professional development to build staff and client skills and knowledge required for rollout of new initiatives

Selected Highlights
NYC Youth and School Garden Network (646 members) (2008-present) Manage, pro bono, recognized and relied upon digital community of practitioners involved in youth gardening efforts citywide; research and share extensive resources relevant to funding, programming, professional development, trends, etc., partner with gardening and related specialists to offer free workshops; on range of gardening issues-currently designing workshop with GROW to Learn and Border Crossers specialized garden-based anti-racism training;
Brooklyn Botanic Garden (2002-2005) Conducted out comprehensive strategic planning process for 25-member education department to enhance and expand programming, with emphasis on partnerships with neighboring institutions that resulted in innovative science-based program with local public high school
Brooklyn Historical Society (1999-2000) Researched speakers/presenters and coordinated logistics for society’s guided walking tour series; developed learning materials to supplement Red Hook neighborhood guide
National Council of Jewish Women (2000) (90,000 members) Assisted in the development of a national childcare initiative through extensive outreach to members, resulting in engagement strategies for chapters nationwide

Communications Manager, Planned Giving and Endowments
The Jewish Federations of North America (formerly United Jewish Communities)
New York City 9/03-6/05
Produced diverse portfolio of marketing collateral (e.g., ads, brochures, articles, sell sheets, invitations, pamphlets, etc.) available to 151 federations and 300 network communities for fundraising purposes

Executive Director
The Constitution Works, Federal Hall National Memorial, New York City 10/97-3/00
Directed day-to-day operations of law-related/civic education non-profit engaging hundreds of NYC public and private school students in the experiential study of constitutional amendments and the three branches of government. Supervised five employees, raised over 300K in new and renewed funding, managed 350K budget, planned events featuring public officials and prominent attorneys, secured NY Daily News program coverage

Other Posts Director of youth literacy development initiative, grant writer for large social service agency, coordinator of mentoring program for at-risk youth, classroom teacher, Peace Corps volunteer

PowerPoint, Articulate Presenter, Microsoft Word, WordPress Blogs, Photoshop, WIX Website Developer, DocuTools


MA Educational Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA English, Minor, Journalism; SUNY-Albany, Cum laude; eLearning Instructional Design Certificate, Designing Learning Certificate Program, ASTD; UbD Training, Certificate of Completion; Dialogue Education, Certificate of Completion

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