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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Jane Pedersen

    Jane Pedersen

    Professional Learning Communities Special Needs

    Jane Pedersen, EdD, is the assistant director of educational services at Kildeer Countryside School District 96 in Illinois. She has previously served District 96 as an elementary school assistant principal and a school psychologist.

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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. Amy Gluck

    Amy Gluck

    Professional Learning Communities Special Needs

    Amy Gluck is director of educational services at Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Illinois. Her work focuses on ensuring all students achieve at high levels of learning.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Megan Clarke

    Megan Clarke

    Special Needs

    Megan Clarke is the executive director of a special education collaborative serving four school districts in Illinois. In addition to supporting the collaborative, her work focuses on building partnerships with parents, community agencies, and other districts.

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