Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Professor Csikszentmihalyi is the director of the Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC) at the Drucker School at Claremont University. The QLRC is a non-profit research institute that studies “positive psychology”; that is, human strengths such as optimism, creativity, intrinsic motivation, and responsibility.

Gene Edgar

Gene is a professor of special education at the University of Washington and teaches the Special Education module for the Danforth Program. Developing and evaluating programs for special education students has been the focus of much of his writing. Gene won the University of Washington Service Award in 2000 for his extensive and excellent with communities, schools, and families. He recently was a member of the Commission on Student Learning task force that developed the inclusion and accommodation guidelines for Washington students in special populations. Gene is very active in promoting education as a career and encourages undergraduate students in their growth.

Richard Elmore

Richard Elmore’s research focuses on the effects of federal, state, and local education policy on schools and classrooms. He is currently exploring how schools of different types and in different policy contexts develop a sense of accountability and a capacity to deliver high quality instruction. He has also researched educational choice, school restructuring, and how changes in teaching and learning affect school organization. Elmore is director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), a group of universities engaged in research on state and local education policy, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He teaches regularly in programs for public-sector executives. Elmore has held positions with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and the U.S. Office of Education (1969-71), as well as several government advisory positions at the city, state, and national levels.

Melanie Farmer

Melanie Farmer works for ALTEC, a division of the KU Center for Research on Learning.

Ron Ferguson

Ronald F. Ferguson is a Senior Lecturer on Education and Public Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Director and Co-chair of Harvard’s Achievement Gap Initiative.

Bruce Frey

Bruce Frey, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology and research in education at the University of Kansas. Previous books include Online Auctions! I Didn't Know You Could Do That published by Sybex and, with Neil Salkind, eBay Online Auctions: Effective Buying and Selling with eBay published by Muska & Lipman. He is an award-winning teacher of statistics, research design, and measurement.

Doug Fuchs

Douglas Fuchs received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in educational psychology with an emphasis in special education and school psychology. During his career he has taught first graders with serious emotional problems in a special school in Baltimore; taught in a fourth-grade classroom in Pennsylvania; and was staff psychologist for the Minneapolis public schools’ special education preschool program. He currently holds the Nicholas Hobbs Endowed Chair in Special Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where he is also co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic.

Lynn Fuchs

Lynn Fuchs is the Nicholas Hobbs Professor of Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, where she also co-directs the Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. She has conducted programmatic research on assessment methods for enhancing instructional planning and on instructional methods for improving reading and math outcomes for students with learning disabilities.

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