Bio: Brian Charest, Ph.D., is a former Chicago Public School teacher who now works at the Nova Project in Seattle. He earned his doctorate in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. He's presented locally and nationally and published articles on teaching, ecological schooling, social justice, and radical pragmatism. Most of his university teaching has involved community-based work of some kind, where students in his courses work closely with local community-based organizations, schools, and residents in "real world" settings. He's also taught community-oriented writing courses and American literature at the University of Illinois (UIC). At DePaul University in Chicago, he taught a range of courses for teachers, including writing across the curriculum and a course on teaching young adult literature. His interests include education reform, teaching English, teacher education, social justice, civic and community engagement, and grassroots education reform strategies.