Still in the classroom, Jim Burke is an author who needs no introduction to anyone in the field of secondary ELA instruction. In addition to his many ground-breaking books and awards, he is now the chief ELA advisor for the College Board.
For over 25 years, Margarita Calderón has been conducting research on English Language Learners and professional development for content, ESL, Special Education and bilingual teachers and administrators. Her focus is integrating CCSS into ELL instruction, establishing teacher learning communities, and coaching/supervising teachers with ELLs.
Joy Casey grew up in the Denver metro area and attended the University of Denver where she earned her bachelor's degree in International Business. Shortly after graduation, she enrolled back at the University of Denver in their combined licensure and master’s in education program.
A national education consultant, Lisa Cebelak facilitates professional development onsite and provides follow up implementation visits in various areas such as curriculum, instruction, and assessments. In her former district, Lisa was an instructional coach specializing in secondary literacy coaching.
Peter DeWitt (Ed.D.), a former school principal in Upstate, NY, previously taught elementary school for 11 years. His syndicated blog, Finding Common Ground, is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine.
Jenni Donohoo, PhD, is a best-selling author and professional learning facilitator with more than 15 years’ experience in leading school change. Jenni is the past president of Learning Forward Ontario. In addition to her consulting work, Jenni is on secondment to the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Maria Dove, Ed.D. is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the MS TESOL Program in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where she teaches courses to preservice and inservice teachers on the research and best practices for developing effective programs and school policies for English learners.
Kayla is a personalized instruction coach for Forsyth County Schools located northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. She leads cohorts through a human-centered design process, which allows schools to create their vision for what education can be based on their strengths and community values.