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  1. Steve Van Bockern

    Diversity & Equity Violence & Crisis Prevention Youth at Risk

    Steve Van Bockern is a professor of education at Augustana University in South Dakota. Formerly a teacher and principal, his research interests include resiliency, alternative education, restorative justice, bullying, discipline, and creating well-being.

  2. Larry Brendtro

    Leadership Social and Emotional Learning Student Engagement Youth at Risk

    Larry Brendtro, PhD, is director of The Resilience Academy and professor emeritus at Augustana University. He has rich, practical experience as a teacher, principal, and psychologist—including 14 years as president of Starr Commonwealth.

  3. Emily L. Gibson

    School Improvement Youth at Risk

    Emily L. Gibson, EdD, is a teacher-consultant with the Redwood Writing Project, providing professional development in writing and literacy instruction for K–college teachers in Humboldt County.

  4. Crystal Kuykendall

    Youth at Risk

    Crystal Kuykendall, PhD, JD, is the founder and president of Kreative and Innovative Resources for Kids (K.I.R.K), Inc., which provides crucial services to those who guide youth at risk toward a positive future.

  5. Don Parker

    Classroom Management & Behavior Diversity & Equity Youth at Risk

    Don Parker, EdD, is the principal of Posen Intermediate School in Illinois. An educator since 1997, Dr. Parker has also served as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, and adjunct professor.

  6. Ruby K. Payne

    Youth at Risk

    Ruby K. Payne, PhD, is an author who has more than 30 years of experience in public schools as a high school department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development.

  7. William S. Roulston

    Literacy Reading School Improvement Youth at Risk

    William S. Roulston is a consultant, researcher, and author. He works with schools and nonprofits to set up effective intervention programs for struggling adolescent readers, and researches best instructional and institutional practices for them.

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