Dr. Julie R. Smith is a thirty-five year veteran educator, speaker, consultant, and author. Her passion, area of focus, and expertise is in building leadership capacity within people and systems; school improvement planning, and teacher, principal, and district evaluation models. Dr.
Jennifer Abrams is an international educational and communications consultant who trains and coaches teachers, administrators and others on successful instructional practices, new teacher support, supervision and evaluation, generational savvy, having hard conversations and effective collaboration skills.
Drawing on 24 years of experience as an upper elementary and middle school classroom teacher in demographically diverse schools, Larry Ainsworth brings a wide range of professional experiences to help school systems implement best practices related to standards, assessment, and accountability across all grades and content areas.
A former teacher, staff developer, principal, and assistant superintendent, Nancy Akhavan brings to any consultancy an unrivalled breadth of expertise. Her many years of experience include turning around schools "in need of improvement."
John Almarode conducts staff development workshops, keynote addresses, and conference presentations on a variety of topics including student engagement, evidence-based practices, creating enriched environments that promote learning, and designing classrooms with the brain in mind.
One of the most respected authorities in the field of adolescent reading, Deborah Appleman is Professor of Educational Studies and Director of the Summer Writing Program at Carleton College, where she works weekly in urban and suburban high schools.