Janelle Bence is in her 19th year of teaching and sixth year at New Tech High in Coppell, Texas. She has vast experience with English Language Learners and in both urban and suburban school districts. Janelle is an active teacher leader for the National Writing Project (NWP) where she served on the Board of Directors for three years. Janelle has presented at many national and international conferences, such as Deeper Learning, NWP Annual Meeting, National Council for Teachers of English, AP, New Tech Annual Conference, and SITE. Her passions are teaching writing, amplifying learner voice, and civic engagement. Janelle believes that great learning is designed collaboratively, one authentic and purposeful project at a time. Connect with Janelle on Twitter: @Janelle.