Authors & Presenters

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  1. J. Richard Dewey

    J. Richard Dewey

    With more than 40 years of experience as an educator, J. Richard Dewey is currently a university teacher, a master PLC coach and PLC virtual coach for Solution Tree, and a recognized authority on best practices in school improvement and successful leadership.

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  2. Michelle Dillard

    Michelle Dillard

    Michelle Dillard is an assistant superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, where she oversees two high schools, three middle schools, fifteen elementary schools, and three Success Pathways schools.

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  3. Louise E. Donaghey

    Louise E. Donaghey

    Instruction Professional Learning Communities

    Louise E. Donaghey is an international educator and trainer with more than 20 years of experience. A former classroom teacher and Primary Years Programme coordinator, Louise currently serves as an elementary instructional coach at Singapore American School.

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  4. Robert Eaker

    Robert Eaker

    Leadership School Improvement Teams

    Robert Eaker, EdD, is a professor emeritus at Middle Tennessee State University, where he also served as dean of the College of Education and interim vice president and provost.

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  5. Cassandra Erkens

    Cassandra Erkens

    Assessment Leadership Teams

    Cassandra Erkens is a presenter, facilitator, coach, trainer of trainers, keynote speaker, author, and above all, a teacher. She presents nationally and internationally on assessment, instruction, school improvement, and professional learning communities.

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  6. Darin L. Fahrney

    Darin L. Fahrney

    Response to Intervention

    Darin L. Fahrney, PhD, is principal of the High School Division at Singapore American School. He is a former support services coordinator and deputy principal at SAS.

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  7. Paul C. Farmer

    Paul C. Farmer

    Response to Intervention Teams

    Paul C. Farmer is a practitioner who has worked at the classroom, building, and central office levels. As principal of Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Paul was one of the first principals in Fairfax County, Virginia, to build a PLC.

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  8. William M. Ferriter

    William M. Ferriter

    21st Century Skills Instruction Technology

    William M. Ferriter is a sixth-grade science teacher in a professional learning community near Raleigh, North Carolina. A National Board Certified Teacher, he has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide.

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  9. Whitney K. Freije

    Whitney K. Freije

    Instruction Literacy Mathematics Professional Learning Communities

    Whitney K. Freije is an instructional coach and mathematics teacher for the Windsor Central School District in upstate New York. She has previously served as a K–5 literacy coach and an elementary teacher.

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  10. Heather Friziellie

    Heather Friziellie

    Heather Friziellie is currently superintendent of schools for Fox Lake Grade School District 114, located in the suburbs northwest of Chicago. She previously served as both an elementary and middle school principal.

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