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.

Jodi Grove

A kindergarten teacher for six years, Jodi Grove now serves as a behavior specialist for Edison Elementary School in Walla Walla, Washington. A “calm room” is one of several strategies Jodi has implemented at the school that have made a profound difference for struggling students learning to self-regulate in a safe and loving environment. Jodi… Tell Me More »

Jim Sporleder, “Paper Tigers” principal

When Paper Tigers principal Jim Sporleder first learned about the effects of stress on the developing brain, he knew that he had stumbled on the key to helping his students step out of their highly destructive behavior patterns. Jim introduced the trauma-oriented approach to staff working with students at the troubled Lincoln High School in… Tell Me More »

Wendy Messarina Volosin

Wendy Messarina Volosin is a parent/community liaison at the Marysville School District, a 22-school district in Washington State,  connecting English Language Learner (ELL) students and multicultural families with school and community resources. She has been in this position for more than 8 years.  She also is a Natural Leader District Lead (Grades K-12) for a collaborative of… Tell Me More »

Risa Wolfson

Risa Wolfson is an independent education consultant and a mathematics specialist at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught in public and private high schools and worked with a wide range of students including at-risk/dropout prevention, special needs, English language learners and gifted and talented. In addition to classroom… Tell Me More »

Grace Dávila Coates

Grace Dávila Coates is the former director of FAMILY MATH at the University of California-Berkeley, an international program that brings families together to investigate mathematical ideas, raise awareness of the role of mathematics in education, and increase mathematics understanding and appreciation. Grace is the primary author of Family Math for Young Children and Family Math II:… Tell Me More »

Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond is president of the Learning Policy Institute, and Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University . She also serves as  faculty director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Linda is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education, as well as the… Tell Me More »

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, 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 »

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 and… Tell Me More »

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 »