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  1. Kristen Bordonaro

    Kristen Bordonaro

    Special Needs

    Kristen Bordonaro is the director of programs and services for the Exceptional Learners Collaborative in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Her work focuses on supporting special education teams of member districts.

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  2. Rebecca Brooks

    Rebecca Brooks

    Differentiated Instruction Instruction Special Needs

    Rebecca Brooks, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Education at California State University San Marcos. Prior to joining the university faculty, Dr. Brooks was a public school special educator for grades K–12.

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  3. Carrie Chapman

    Carrie Chapman

    Instruction Special Needs

    Carrie Chapman, PhD, is a faculty member in the Educational Studies: K–12 and Secondary Programs Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She is also the College of Education co-teaching coordinator.

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  4. Kim Davis

    Kim Davis

    Special Needs

    Kim Davis has retired as a research associate for the Indiana Resource for Autism at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University Bloomington.

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  5. Susan D. Dixon

    Susan D. Dixon

    Special Needs

    Susan D. Dixon is a speech and language pathologist supporting elementary-aged children in the Monroe County Community School Corporation in Indiana. She also works for the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University.

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  6. Toby J. Karten

    Toby J. Karten

    Special Needs

    Toby J. Karten is an experienced educator who has worked in the field of special education since 1976. She has been a resource teacher, staff developer, adult educator, and inclusion consultant in New York, New Jersey, and Texas schools and in many other districts nationally and globally for students and educators in grades preK–12 and beyond.

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  7. Kathy Perez

    Kathy Perez

    English Learners Instruction Literacy Reading Special Needs

    Kathy Perez, EdD, is a professor emerita at Saint Mary’s College of California. She has extensive teaching experience as a general and special educator, literacy/ESL coach, administrator, and curriculum/staff-development coordinator.

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  8. Yazmin Pineda Zapata

    Yazmin Pineda Zapata

    Differentiated Instruction Instruction Special Needs

    Yazmin Pineda Zapata, EdD, is a program specialist and teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College in California. Her expertise in delivering special education services allows her to advocate for students in grades K–12 with varying learning differences.

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  9. Julie A. Schmidt

    Julie A. Schmidt

    Response to Intervention Special Needs

    Julie A. Schmidt is superintendent of schools for Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Illinois. The district began its professional learning community journey 17 years ago, and all seven schools have been recognized as model PLCs.

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  10. Amy Williams

    Amy Williams

    Competency-Based Learning Professional Learning Communities Response to Intervention Special Needs Teams

    Amy Williams works with district administrators, principals, and teachers to build collaborative teams and school cultures, establish coherent and aligned systems, and develop the capacity to work with diverse learners.

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