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  1. Allison Zmuda

    Allison Zmuda

    Instruction Student Engagement

    Allison Zmuda is an education consultant specializing in curriculum, assessment, and instruction. She works with national and international educators to design learning experiences that are relevant, meaningful, challenging, and appropriate.

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  2. Gwendolyn Zimmermann

    Gwendolyn Zimmermann


    Gwendolyn Zimmermann, PhD, is director of mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a model professional learning community district in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

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  3. Amanda Ziaer

    Amanda Ziaer

    Professional Learning Communities

    Amanda Ziaer is the principal of Hunt Middle School in Frisco, Texas. Previously, she served as principal of Coppell Middle School-North, where she led the school in achieving Model PLC status.

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  4. Jon-Eric Ziaer

    Jon-Eric Ziaer

    Professional Learning Communities

    Jon-Eric Ziaer is the principal of Reedy High School in Frisco, Texas. Previously, he served as associate principal at Liberty High School in Frisco ISD, which he helped lead to Model PLC status. He was previously a curriculum director and a high school social studies teacher.

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  5. Yong Zhao

    Yong Zhao

    21st Century Skills Leadership

    Yong Zhao, PhD, is presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon and a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.

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  6. Jon Yost

    Jon Yost

    Jon Yost is the recently retired associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Sanger Unified School District in California. He has worked in public education at the elementary, secondary, and district levels.

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  7. Lindsay Yearta

    Lindsay Yearta

    Literacy Reading Student Engagement Technology

    Lindsay Yearta, PhD, is an assistant professor of education at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Lindsay specializes in digital literacies, critical literacy, and the use of digital tools to meet the needs of students.

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  8. Jonathan A. Wray

    Jonathan A. Wray


    Jonathan A. Wray is a mathematics instructional facilitator for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. He is a former elementary teacher, gifted and talented resource teacher, mathematics supervisor, grant project manager, and consultant.

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  9. Amanda Wood

    Amanda Wood

    Amanda Wood is elementary deputy principal of Singapore American School. She has been an educator for nearly 20 years and has taught in both elementary and middle school classrooms.

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  10. Steven M. Wood

    Steven M. Wood

    Competency-Based Learning Science

    Steven M. Wood, PhD, is director of science at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. In his role, he provides support and leadership for science learning.

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