Aubrey Gallegos

Community Engagement and Education Manager
POV
“Michele is personable, positive and a pleasure to work with. She’s written a number of middle school and high school lesson plans to accompany the documentaries we produce and broadcast on PBS. POV lesson plans span a wide range of social issues and require a high-level of understanding of complex issues, sensitivity to all points of view on hot-button topics, creativity to make the issues accessible and engaging for students, and an in-depth understanding of Common Core and McREL. Michele navigates all of this with an ever-positive attitude and flexibility. She welcomes feedback and clearly cares deeply about her work. Michele brings a unique voice and perspective to our lesson plans and we’ve enjoyed working with her.”

Maureen Costello

Director, Teaching Tolerance
Southern Poverty Law Center
“I’ve engaged Michele as a freelance writer and curriculum developer on several projects, including one that involved rather esoteric subject matter. She conducted excellent research, asked great questions, and showed willingness to collaborate. Her writing is crisp, and her passion for education great.”

Vicky Williams

Senior Program Director
Frost Valley YMCA
“Working with Michele has been a pleasure as well as a truly professional experience. She helped to develop a curriculum for several healthy living initiatives we offer at our YMCA camp and conference center. Michele was thorough, timely, and it is evident how much she cares for the work she does and her clients. The lesson plans she constructed for us work to teach nutrition education and organic gardening to a whole gamut of ages and experience levels. Exactly what we wanted- hands on learning. She has stayed flexible and really went the extra mile for us. Her work helped with key deliverables for a grant we had received. Thank you!”

Jana Davis, MSW

Associate Regional Administrator
ASPIRAnet
“Prior to Michele Israel’s assistance, our agency was challenged with developing a process for training a large group of individuals statewide. Michele worked with our team for over a year planning, developing, writing, revising, and implementing the most incredible interactive self-guided curriculum, educating staff and caregivers with critical information and skill sets required for their roles within the agency. Michele was able to convey difficult subject matter in a very creative and understandable manner, through true life case scenarios, factual information, and summaries, while engaging the reviewer in activities. As a result, our agency received a set of seven courses covering different subjects that help staff and caregivers to meet the needs of challenging behaviors in children. Without Michele’s creativity, effective communication, perseverance, and writing ability, we would not have a training curriculum.”

Narelle Ellendon

Syringe Access Service Community Mobilization Coordinator
Harm Reduction Coalition
“Working with Michele is an absolute pleasure. I recently delivered a training using Michele’s curriculum on material that is often new and complex for our audiences. Yet, it’s a breeze to deliver and the attendees rave about the training, speaking of how they are inspired and feel they have strategies to change the world! The structure of the curriculum allows for participants to draw on their knowledge and experiences, each activity building on existing understanding and allowing space to fold in new material. But it’s not just the product of the curriculum that makes me happy. The process of collaborating with Michele is always inspiring, rewarding, and fun. Her coaching and mentoring around delivering trainings and writing curriculum are invaluable. Her insight helps us breathe new life into stagnant material and challenge ourselves to grow as trainers.”

Jagadisa-devasri Dacus

Former Senior Director, Training and Capacity-Building Programs
The Institute at HRC
“I worked with Michele for over a year and I loved the energy, enthusiasm, insight, and sharp critical eye that she brought to the work. She is a pleasure to work with. Her expertise and the quality of her work are outstanding. It has been very refreshing to have had the opportunity to work with an individual who possesses advanced skills and a fantastic work ethic. I am hoping to continue our working relationship for as long as possible! I have been very satisfied with the caliber of her products and the manner in which she engages and approaches the work. I have learned a great deal by working collaboratively with her on our current project because she is also an excellent instructor and mentor.”

Elena Schwolsky RN, MPH

Director, Asthma Training Institute
Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control
NYCDOHMH
“Michele has been an invaluable consultant for my program at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She has helped our Asthma and Chronic Disease Training Institutes develop new training curriculum on chronic disease self-management, evaluate existing training design, and produce written training manuals. Her depth of experience, creativity and energy have helped to move us forward on projects that were stuck on the back burner before she arrived on the scene! She has proved to be a quick study on a range of public health issues, and has brought keen observational skills and a fresh outlook that has helped us develop relevant and useful training programs for our diverse target audiences. From leading focus groups, to making site visits, to observing our trainings, to creating “plain language” training materials—Michele has brought commitment and skill to every aspect of her work with us and we look forward to continuing this productive relationship.”

Chris Scherer

Director, Creative and Content Development
Zuma ed.
“I’ve worked with Michele often, and continue to be impressed not only the quality of her research but by her talents as a writer. She can frame difficult concepts and complicated material into terms that teachers, students, and producers can understand. She’s a great talent, a terrific collaborator, and as reliable as they come.”

David Streight

Executive Director
Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education
“I have had the good fortune, and pleasure, of working with Michele Israel on a variety of projects over the past years. She is bright, articulate, and talented. Most importantly: Michele’s work is of the highest quality.”

Susan O’Brien

Director, Chronic Disease Training Institute
NYCDOHMH
“Michele Israel is one of the best consultants I have ever worked with. Not only is she an incredibly talented curriculum developer and trainer, she is also extremely hardworking and conscientious. Her curriculum work is imaginative, interactive and exciting for the learner, yet she is able to effectively and efficiently convey the necessary key messages. And, watching her in action in the classroom is a delight – she really brings her creations to life. I have hired several times and plan to again, as frequently as possible.”

Priscilla Prutzman

Executive Director
Creative Response to Conflict
“Michele is an enthusiastic curriculum and proposal writer for our conflict resolution organization, Creative Response To Conflict. She has helped us with several proposals and advised us on multi-aged curricula. Michele is extremely reliable and always does what she says she will. I highly recommend her!.”

Sharen I. Duke

Executive Director/CEO
AIDS Service Center NYC
“It has been a true joy to work with Michele for more than a decade. In that time, she has helped AIDS Service Center NYC to translate complex information about HIV/AIDS into polished prose that captures the special nature of the agency’s – and its partners’ – work. Michele is a capable writer, researcher, curriculum developer and overall a multitalented consultant whose versatility, intellect and consistently high-quality work would be an asset to any organization.”

Necole Brown

Program Director
Healthy Families Brooklyn
“Words cannot express what a wonderful experience it was to work with Michele!! She was clear, concise and very supportive. The tobacco control curriculum for adults she helped write and edit was first rate, but the education I was given about teaching adults was absolutely TREMENDOUS. I could not have been successful without her writing and coaching. Thank you.”

Gary Hopkins

Founder, Editor in Chief
Education World
“Michele has written for Education World on a wide range of topics. Whether writing about professional development topics, principals who have decided to return to teaching, or managing difficult people, Michele’s articles are always well researched and thorough. Michele tracks down the best quote sources, focuses on the most practical ideas for her targeted audience, and distills buckets of details into easy-to-understand bullets. With some writers, my editing software gets a real workout; with Michele, it gets a well-deserved rest. Her work is polished and ready to publish.”

Sharon Myrie

Vice President
Education Department – Brooklyn Botanic Garden
“I had the pleasure of working with Michele when I first arrived at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG). I was very interested in developing a mission for the Education Department and creating a strategic direction for the department. Michele was incredibly helpful, resourceful and committed to the project. She asked the hard questions. Her research was invaluable. As a result, Michele assisted me in preparing the Education Department to take on some key initiatives that focused on serving our high school audience including the development of our latest initiative, Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE), a small new public high school focusing on science, environmental studies and urban ecology. BASE was developed by BBG, Prospect Park Alliance and the New York City Department of Education.”

Anne Harrington

Director – Interactive Media and Outreach
WETA
“Michele Israel has created companion discussion and curriculum materials for public television projects on topics ranging from Hispanic arts to biological warfare to boxing. She is a tremendously talented writer with a gift for presenting difficult material in an intelligent and accessible style. Her work for WETA has been a tremendous asset and a key component in public television efforts to extend the impact of educational documentaries long after broadcast.”

Cari Ladd

Freelance Education Editor
NOW
“Michele produced both lesson plans and classroom activity ideas for feature stories addressed by NOW with Bill Moyers (NOW is currently hosted by David Brancaccio). With each assignment, she researched and organized helpful resources and teaching strategies so that it would be easy for educators to connect their curricula to current events. The materials she developed also encouraged students to be proactive about their role in democracy.”

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