Nancy Grisham Anderson
Auburn University Montgomery
After teaching at Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) and in high schools in Germany and the United States, Anderson joined the English faculty at Auburn University Montgomery, where she is currently an associate professor of English and director of Actions Build Community. As director of Actions Build Community, Dr. Anderson conducts writing workshops for children in Montgomery’s housing communities and coordinates a Make-A-Difference Day project entitled, “Reading Makes a Life-Long Difference,” which was recognized as one of the top ten programs in the nation in 2004
Richard P. DuFour
Author and Educational Consultant
Richard DuFour was a public school educator for 34 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. Dr. DuFour’s work in the development of the Professional Learning Community model has transformed education in schools or districts that have adopted the model or characteristics of the model. Shifting the focus and emphasis from teaching to learning has had a profound impact on improving those schools and school systems that have incorporated the tenets of the Professional Learning Community model.
Paul D. Houston
American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Paul D. Houston served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators from 1994 to 2008. Throughout his career, Houston has established himself as one of the leading spokespersons for American public education through his extensive U.S. and international speaking engagements, published articles, books, and media interviews.
Lawrence W. Lezotte
Chief Executive Officer and
National Education Consultant
Effective Schools Products, Ltd
Dr. Lezotte is known as the preeminent spokesperson for continuous school improvement based on effective schools research. As a consultant, he touches the lives of thousands of educators and tens of thousands of students each year through workshops and conferences around the country, making the connection between federal and state mandates for school reform and the new mission of “learning for all.”
Robert P. Moses
President and Founder
The Algebra Project, Inc.
Bob Moses is the author of the Algebra Project-Transition Curriculum, which uses experiential learning drawn from the work of Dewey, Lewin, Piaget, Quine, and Kolb—and a five-step curricular process Moses innovated—to help middle school students make the conceptual shift from arithmetic to algebra and be prepared for algebra in the eighth grade, and thus a college preparatory math sequence in high school. These materials formed the backbone of Algebra Project teacher professional development and implementation throughout the USA during the 1990s, with a particular focus on the Southern U.S.
Ruby K. Payne
Founder and CEO
aha! Process, Inc.
Ruby K. Payne, author, speaker, publisher, business owner and career educator, is an expert on the mindsets of economic classes and on crossing socioeconomic lines in education, work, and for social change. Dr. Payne’s work stems from more than 30 years of first-hand experience in the public schools, as head school department head, principal and central office administrator of staff development.
President and CEO
American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC)
Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Janet Poley is a tireless advocate for education for the historically under-served populations both in the United States and around the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America. Throughout her distinguished career she has accentuated the importance of education and training, fostered an understanding of the use of technology to expand educational opportunity at all levels and then worked to ensure the infrastructure was available and operational to make accessible education a reality.
Founder and Chief of Education Design
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST, Inc.)
David Rose capitalizes on his background in classroom teaching, clinical neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems in education and learning. In 1984, David Rose helped to found CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology) with a vision of expanding educational opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities, through the innovative development and application of new technologies, resulting in the development of the theory and practical framework of Universal Design for Learning.
David H. Rose
Chief Education Officer
Chief Scientist, Cognition and Learning
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST, Inc.)
Drawing on a long-term focus on the psychological aspects of learning and learning disabilities, Anne Meyer plays a leading role in CAST’s design of multimedia technology for diverse learners. Widely recognized for her contributions in the field of technology as it relates to disabilities, Dr. Meyer has served on the Texas Task Force on Electronic Textbook Accessibility and as a national advisor to President Clinton's Educational Technology Panel.
Mary Catherine Swanson
Founder and Executive Director
Advancement Via Individual Determination Center (AVID)
San Diego, CA
Mary Catherine Swanson taught high school English for 20 years. During that time she was instrumental in developing numerous award winning language arts programs. In 1980 she developed AVID, a secondary school program which prepares underachieving students for four-year college entry.