As a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Charity organization, WAY has a board of directors that are the governing body of our organization. The WAY board serves as an invaluable source of ideas, reflection, and feedback as WAY grows to serve more students, teachers, and schools.
James Bosco is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Studies at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Currently he is the Principal Investigator for the MacArthur Foundation/CoSN Project, "Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Organizational and Policy Barriers."
His work at Western Michigan University involved a series of outreach activities with schools and he was responsible for creating one of the first U.S. online graduate training programs for school district technology directors. He played a major role in connecting schools in Michigan to the Internet and directed one of the state hubs in Michigan which was established to connect schools to the Internet in the early 90s. He was the co-director of a school reform project in a local high school sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation.
Bosco served on Senator Carl Levin's technology working group that resulted in a series of school ICT initiatives in Michigan. He established and chaired the collaborative group of national educational organizations which created the Technology Standards for School Administrators which were adopted by the International Society for Technology in Education as NETS*A. He chaired the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and is the current co-chair of the CoSN International Committee which is responsible for establishing communication and cooperation between ICT leaders in the U.S. with their counterparts throughout the world. The focus of his work remains on information and communications technology as a basis for educational reform.
Dr. E. John Shinsky is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Shinsky currently serves as the Department Chairperson for Leadership and Learning, and the Program Coordinator for the Educational Specialist, and previously the Special Education Administration programs.
Prior to being employed at Grand Valley State University, Dr. Shinsky had a successful 27 year career with the Lansing Public Schools, a large urban school system, as a Special Education classroom teacher, building administrator, Director of Special Education, and Area Director.
Dr. Shinsky has served on numerous committees throughout the University including chairperson of the college of education technology committee for the past 9 years, the strategic planning committee, the academic policy and standards committee, and chairperson of the study abroad task force. Dr. Shinsky has led successful NCATE, NCA, and Michigan Department of Education accreditation programs.
Glen Taylor is the Executive Director of WAY Program. Mr. Taylor co-founded Widening Advancements for Youth, a not for profit organization to assist other districts in replicating the WAY, Widening Advancements for Youth.
The program has been very successful in the re-engagement of teens back into the learning process. Throughout his career, Mr. Taylor has also served as Executive Director of Innovation/State and Federal Programs as well as, a principal, athletic director and teacher.
Mr. Taylor has been recognized nationally for his leadership in servicing teens in Michigan. He is a member of the Consensus for Change Think Tank, comprised of legislative, educational and business leaders from around the state. He regularly presents at regional and national conferences. He hosts various professional groups comprised of teachers, administrators and regional consultants about new educational innovations.
Mr. Taylor has actively served as member of the State Executive Board Committee for the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists since 2004. He has also chaired the District Vision Committee responsible for district strategic planning.
Beth Baker currently serves as the Co-founder and Executive Director of WAY, Widening Advancements for Youth. She provides leadership in the development of strategic partnerships and education opportunities leading to a high school diploma. Beth presents internationally and with the WAY team is currently developing a high school for underserved youth in Mexico.
Beth served as an Education/School Reform Consultant for Wayne County RESA, providing leadership and technical assistance for 34 school districts and 350,000 students. She developed and implemented professional learning communities and grant opportunities for Models of Proficiencies and Standards Focused Project Based Learning and Assessment.
Baker provided leadership and assistance in the development of Michigan's pilot cyber school. She also served as a leader in the development of the New Tech High School Network in Michigan. Beth develops structures, strategies, and skills to effect organizational efforts resulting in healthy learning communities for young people and adults.
Michelle Sarkody has been with WAY Program since 2010. She is currently serving as the Director of Compliance and Accountability for WAY Program.
A few of Mrs. Sarkody’s responsibilities include completion and submission of numerous state and federal forms on behalf of the Academy sites Michelle also assists with WAY partner sites with the same task, ensuring compliance documents are completed, submitted, and uploaded to the Academy site authorizers, handles pupil accounting for Academy site locations, REP reporting, MCIR reporting and much more.