Michael Fullan is the Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. An innovator and leader in teacher education, he has developed a number of partnerships designed to bring about major school improvement and educational reform. He participates as researcher, consultant, trainer, and policy advisor on a wide range of educational change projects with school systems, teachers’ federations, research and development institutes, and government agencies in Canada and internationally. He has published widely on the topic of educational change. Fullan is currently leading the evaluation team conducting a four year assessment of the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategy in England. He is also conducting with colleagues training, research and evaluation of literacy initiatives in several school districts, including the Toronto School District Board, York Region, Peel and Edmonton Catholic School District.
Dr. Gersten is a nationally recognized expert in both quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, with an emphasis on translating research into classroom practice. He is regularly consulted as an expert in the area of mathematics research, use of randomized trials in educational research, and the education of English learners. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Gersten is executive director of Instructional Research Group as well as professor emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. In 2002, Dr. Gersten received the Distinguished Special Education Researcher Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Special Education Research Division.
As executive director of the National Staff Development Council (NSDC), Stephanie Hirsh works on a variety of projects, including overall operation of NSDC, NSDC’s strategic plan, policy development work, state education agency relations, grant/fund development, and NSDC partnerships. Past columns in JSD and Results address the effective implementation of NSDC’s standards.
Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America's national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Susan McCarthy, and three children.
Joellen Killion is the National Staff Development Council’s director of special projects. Her writings for NSDC publications include two columns for the Journal of Staff Development: The Code, which poses a variety of ethical challenges for staff developers, and Skill Shop, which offers practical strategies for implementing staff development visions. Killion’s special project work ranges from the identification of results-based staff development programs across the country to the implementation of the NSDC standards in e-learning environments.
Jane A.G. Kise, Ed.D., is an educational consultant. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She is also the co-author of more than 20 books, including Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change, Differentiation Through Personality Types, and Differentiated School Leadership, all from Corwin Press. Kise has worked with diverse organizations, including Minneapolis Public Schools, various public and private schools, The Bush Foundation, Twin Cities Public Television, and numerous other institutions. She is currently president of the Association for Psychological Type International.
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Noelle Kurth works in the Division of Adult studies at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning.
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