Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden

Amanda VanDerHeyden, Ph.D., is a private consultant and researcher who has directed and evaluated numerous school-wide intervention and reform efforts. Amanda is founder of Spring Math (www.springmath.com), a web-based comprehensive mathematics RtI system covering numeracy to algebra, which is widely used in the U.S. and has shown strong gains in math achievement. Her work has been featured on “Education News Parents Can Use” on PBS and The Learning Channel.

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Dr. Matthew Burns

Dr. Matthew K. Burns is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Missouri. He is a prolific researcher (e.g., published over 175 articles and book chapters and 12 books), but is dedicated to positively influencing practice in K-12 schools and mentoring the next generation of thought leaders in education.

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Dr. Kristen MacConnell

Kristen MacConnell is the recently appointed Director of the Teacher Training Center within the Principal Training Center, where she teaches courses on curriculum, assessment, project-based learning, design thinking, and teacher leadership. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development at Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile. Kristen holds a Ph.D. in Special Education, an M.Ed in School Leadership, and a M.S. in School Psychology.

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Dr. John Hosp

John L. Hosp is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Formerly he was a Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Disability Research and Education (CDRE). He received a Ph.D. in Education and Human Development from Vanderbilt University in 2002 and a Masters in School Psychology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995.

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Dr. Chris Borgmeier

Chris Borgmeier, PhD, is a professor in the Special Education Department at Portland State University. His research interests focus on School-wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (SW-PBIS), Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and intervention, implementation of evidence-based practices and systems change in schools.

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Dr. Robert Richardson

Rob Richardson is currently on the faculty of the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department at University of Tennessee, where he does research on formative assessment, and teaches classes concerning aspects of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).

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Kristel Solomon-Saleem

Kristel Solomon-Saleem is in her 9th year as the Director of Learner Support at Hong Kong Academy. Her dedication and passion in the field of education has led her to work with schools and organization that ensure children have access to quality education so that they may find their individual pathway to excellence.

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Dr. Kelly Patrick

Kelly Patrick is currently an Intervention Specialist and Research Associate at the University of Utah Reading Clinic, where she provides literacy-based trainings, consulting and support for schools and leads research projects on reading intervention.

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Megan Holmstrom

Megan is an independent consultant who provides impactful and sustainable professional learning in PreK-G12 mathematics. Previous to consulting, Megan worked at the American School of Madrid as a secondary instructional coach with a focus on reaching all learners across the curriculum.

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Jon Nordmeyer

Jon Nordmeyer is WIDA's International Programs Director. Jon guides the research, development and implementation of WIDA resources to support English language learners in international schools. He comes to WIDA with more than 25 years of experience teaching at international schools in China, Ecuador, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Turkey and Thailand. He has presented at AAIE, AASSA, ACAMIS, AISA, EARCOS, ECIS, ELLSA, Learning Forward, NFI NESA and TESOL conferences and has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University.

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Dr. Joan Schumann

Dr. Schumann is currently the Director of Student Support Services leading a team of more than 65 people who are responsible for improving academic outcomes and social wellbeing for an N-12 school of more than 3,000 students. As a general education teacher, Joan was considered a Highly Effective Teacher across all content areas and as a special education teacher she has served students with mild/moderate disabilities using a wide variety of service delivery models.

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Dr. Darin Farhney

Dr. Darin Fahrney currently serves as the Chief Academic Officer at Singapore American School. Prior to becoming Principal in the High School division at SAS, Dr. Farhney was previously the High School Principal of a large suburban high school outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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