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  1. Janna Cochrane

    Janna Cochrane

    Professional Learning Communities

    Janna Cochrane is principal of North Greenville Elementary School in Wisconsin. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an elementary principal in three different districts. Previously, she taught fourth grade for nine years.

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  2. Anne E. Conzemius

    Anne E. Conzemius

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities School Improvement Teams

    Anne E. Conzemius, a trainer and coach, has served as director of employee development and training for Wisconsin’s Department of Employment Relations, and as assistant state superintendent at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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  3. Wendy Custable

    Wendy Custable

    Competency-Based Learning Professional Learning Communities

    Wendy Custable is the director of applied arts at the award-winning Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. She has been in education for 20 years, beginning her career as a technology education teacher.

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  4. Alex Dixon

    Alex Dixon

    Professional Learning Communities

    Alex Dixon supports children struggling with critical illness and other disabilities through motivational talks she provides across the United States. She shares her personal story of overcoming adversity as well as what she found most supportive and helpful throughout her recovery.

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  5. 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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  6. Craig Dougherty

    Craig Dougherty

    Professional Learning Communities

    Craig Dougherty is superintendent of Sheridan County School District No. 2 in Sheridan, Wyoming. He has been an educator since 1983, with background as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent.

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  7. 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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  8. Gynelle Gaskell

    Gynelle Gaskell

    Professional Learning Communities

    Gynelle Gaskell is an instructional coach and consultant. She works with schools to improve mathematics instruction and build teacher leadership capacity through professional development and coaching.

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  9. Katherine Gillies

    Katherine Gillies

    Literacy Professional Learning Communities Reading Science

    Katherine Gillies is the lead architect of school- and districtwide literacy improvement at Niles North High School in Illinois. Her 14 years in education have also included roles as an English teacher and literacy coach.

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  10. Parry Graham

    Parry Graham

    Professional Learning Communities

    Parry Graham, EdD, is principal of Nashoba Regional High School in Massachusetts. During his 20 years in public education, he has been a high school teacher, consultant, and clinical assistant professor.

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