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  1. Perry Soldwedel

    Perry Soldwedel

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities School Improvement

    Perry Soldwedel is a coach and consultant to district leaders. He specializes in systems thinking, shared leadership, strategic planning, data collection, measurement, and professional learning communities.

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  2. W. Richard Smith

    W. Richard Smith

    Response to Intervention

    W. Richard Smith is former deputy superintendent of Sanger Unified School District in California. He has been involved in public education for more than 37 years.

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  3. Nanci N. Smith

    Nanci N. Smith

    Instruction Mathematics

    Nanci N. Smith, PhD, has 14 years of experience as a consultant. She specializes in mathematics, curriculum and assessment development and implementation, and differentiated instruction.

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  4. Jim Smith

    Jim Smith


    Jim Smith’s career in the public schools has spanned more than two decades. Starting out as a social studies teacher, he had a growing fascination with assessment and developed an assessment and data position to help teachers develop collaborative common assessments and use the ensuing results.

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  5. Jennifer L. Smith

    Jennifer L. Smith

    Jennifer L. Smith has over a decade of teaching experience in the Wisconsin Public School system. She is currently a math instructional coach and math interventionist in the Hortonville Area School District.

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  6. Rea Smith

    Rea Smith

    Assessment Mathematics

    Rea Smith is a mathematics facilitator in northwest Arkansas. She passionately supports the work of professional learning communities with a focus on common assessments to improve student and teacher learning.

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  7. Mignon Smith

    Mignon Smith

    Mathematics at Work™

    Mignon Smith is an Assistant Principal at a middle school in the District of Columbia. Previously, she served as a math instructional specialist (grades K-8), curriculum planner, math department chair, grade level chair and math and physics teacher. She has taught in public, charter and private school environments across elementary, middle, and high school.

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  8. Cara Slattery

    Cara Slattery

    Cara Slattery is an author, consultant, and teacher. She has also served as a magnet program coordinator, data and assessment coach, enrichment specialist, and technology integrationist.

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  9. Shawn Slakk

    Shawn Slakk

    English Learners Leadership

    Shawn Slakk is the CEO and founder of ABCDSS Consulting Consortium, with more than 30 years of success in instruction at the school, district, and state level; education leadership; and professional-development consulting.

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  10. Julia A. Simms

    Julia A. Simms


    Julia A. Simms, an author, is director of content and resources at Marzano Resources. A former classroom teacher, she and her team develop research-based resources and provide support to educators as they put them into practice.

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