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  1. Dana Renner

    Dana Renner

    Professional Learning Communities School Improvement

    Dana Renner is the assistant superintendent of Stillwater Public Schools. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and has worked at all levels of education, from preschool through high school.

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  2. Paula Rogers

    Paula Rogers

    Professional Learning Communities Response to Intervention

    Paula Rogers is an educational consultant who supports schools in the implementation of PLC and RTI. Paula retired in 2015 after a career in public education as the deputy superintendent for instruction, accountability, and human resources for Hallsville ISD, a midsize district in East Texas with five Title 1 campuses.

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  3. Beth Russell

    Beth Russell

    Professional Learning Communities Teams

    Beth Russell, EdD, has worked with numerous urban and suburban school systems introducing personality type theory and teaching its value as a tool for differentiation, classroom management, culturally responsive teaching, instructional coaching, and collaboration.

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  4. Kathryn Sever

    Kathryn Sever

    Professional Learning Communities

    Kathryn Sever has 35 years of experience as a public school educator in Maine and New York. She has been a classroom teacher, building administrator, and director of education.

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  5. 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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  6. Brian M. Stack

    Brian M. Stack

    Assessment Leadership Professional Learning Communities

    Brian M. Stack, MEd, is the principal of Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire. For the past decade, he has also been a member of the research, design, and implementation team for the school district’s nationally recognized K–12 competency-based system.

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  7. Tesha Ferriby Thomas

    Tesha Ferriby Thomas

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities

    Tesha Ferriby Thomas, EdS, is a school improvement and English language arts consultant at the Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. With over 20 years of education experience, she has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent.

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  8. Mark Van Clay

    Mark Van Clay

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities School Improvement

    Mark Van Clay, EdD, is a consultant who specializes in aligning school systems. He also works with the Consortium for Educational Change and has 30 years of experience in education.

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  9. Cindy Watters

    Cindy Watters

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities

    Cindy Watters is executive director of student services at Singapore American School. In her role, she oversees learning support, speech services, health services, and behavior intervention supports.

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  10. John Wink

    John Wink

    Leadership Professional Learning Communities Response to Intervention

    John Wink currently serves as the superintendent of Carthage ISD in Carthage, Texas. Prior to that, John served as the director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Tatum Independent School District in Tatum, Texas, and principal at Gilmer Elementary School.

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