Our Speakers

Our speakers include veteran classroom teachers, education experts, psychologists, authors and more. All of our webinar speakers and presenters are well-respected experts in their specialty.

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MaryEllen Vogt

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D. is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. MaryEllen has served as a reading and special education specialist, district reading resource teacher, and university teacher. She is the co-author of 17 books,co-creator of the acclaimed SIOP model for teaching English Language-Arts to English Learners and past president of the International Literacy Association. MaryEllen received her Doctorate… Tell Me More »

Thomas Aberli

Thomas Aberli

Thomas Aberli, Ed.D, principal of J. M. Atherton High School, Louisville, KY, has become a leading voice of support and guidance for administrators on the issue of gender identity in schools. The U.S. Department of Education cited Atherton’s policy on school space as a national model of a transgender-inclusive policy in Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting… Tell Me More »

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Jennifer Segal

  Jennifer Segal is an attorney specializing in education law at the Washington, DC office of Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC. Jennifer assists clients with fiscal and programmatic compliance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and the Adult Education… Tell Me More »

Susan Kruger

Susan Kruger

Susan Kruger is the author of the international best-selling study skills book, SOAR® Study Skills. Her curriculum materials are used by more than 3,600 schools across the U.S. and  in 30 countries worldwide. She is a certified learning specialist and former struggling student who taught herself a few simple study skills in college that allowed her to… Tell Me More »

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Sherry Parrish

Sherry is the author of the AEP Distinguished Achievement award-winning book, NumberTalks: Whole Number Computation, Grades K-5, and the upcoming sequel, Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages. Her 35-years of experience in education include classroom teacher, assistant professor and education consultant with a focus on teaching and learning mathematics through inquiry. Sherry holds a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership… Tell Me More »

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Christine Suurtamm

Dr. Christine Suurtamm, associate professor  at the University of Ottawa, is well recognized for her research in mathematics education and assessment. She is co-editor of Annual Perspectives in Mth Ed 2015: Assessment to Enhance Teaching and Learning, recently published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Christine has won numerous teaching awards and has… Tell Me More »

Todd Whitaker

Todd Whitaker

A professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University,Todd Whitaker, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written 45 books, including the national best seller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include: Shifting The Monkey; Dealing With Difficult Teachers; The Ten-Minute Inservice; The… Tell Me More »

Tom Hierck

Tom Hierck

Tom Hierck is a bestselling author who has written or co-written 12 books, including Pyramid of Behavior Interventions: Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment; Uniting Academic and Behavior Interventions: Solving the Skill or Will Dilemma; RTI Is A Verb; RTI Roadmap; and Strategies for Mathematics Instruction and Intervention. Tom has been an educator since 1983… Tell Me More »

Jennifer Seravallo

Jennifer Serravallo

Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, speaker, and the author of the popular Heinemann titles The Reading Strategies Book, The Literacy Teacher’s Playbooks, Teaching Reading in Small Groups and Conferring with Readers (co-authored with Gravity Goldberg). Jennifer is also the creator of the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment Series. Until 2012, Jennifer was a Senior… Tell Me More »

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Jeffrey Benson

Jeffrey Benson is the author of Hanging In: Strategies for Teaching the Children Who Challenge Us Most (ASCD; 2014).  A seasoned educator, he has worked in almost every school context. He has been a teacher in elementary, middle, and high schools,  an instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs and an administrator in day and residential schools. His experience encompasses special education, learning theory, trauma and addiction, school reform, adult… Tell Me More »