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  1. Javier Vaca

    Javier Vaca

    Instruction Literacy

    Javier Vaca is a teacher and instructional coach at Health Sciences High and Middle School in California. He previously served as an elementary school teacher and a reading intervention specialist.

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  2. Marisol Thayre

    Marisol Thayre

    Instruction Literacy

    Marisol Thayre is a teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College in California. She teaches American literature and expository writing to upper division students of varying abilities and levels.

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  3. Rebecca L. Stinson

    Rebecca L. Stinson

    Instruction

    Rebecca L. Stinson has over 20 years in education. Her roles include teacher, educational planner, and principal in the Chicago Public School System, where she has worked for the past several years.

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  4. Nanci N. Smith

    Nanci N. Smith

    Instruction Mathematics

    Nanci N. Smith, PhD, has 14 years of experience as a consultant. She specializes in mathematics, curriculum and assessment development and implementation, and differentiated instruction.

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  5. Carol Rothenberg

    Carol Rothenberg

    Differentiated Instruction English Learners Literacy

    Carol Rothenberg has worked with elementary and secondary schools through the New Arrival Center for the San Diego Unified School District, training teachers and administrators on effective programs and instruction for English learners.

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  6. Maria Nielsen

    Maria Nielsen

    Assessment Response to Intervention

    Maria Nielsen, consultant and author, specializes in supporting teachers and administrators in the areas of PLCs, RTI, school culture, curriculum design, the highly engaged classroom, and assessment systems. Her life’s work is to help schools build successful systems to ensure high levels of student learning.

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  7. Doug Lillydahl

    Doug Lillydahl

    Competency-Based Learning

    Doug Lillydahl is director of communication arts at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois. He guides literacy interventions and staff development, oversees ELA assessment, and supports curricular and instructional evolution.

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  8. Diane Lapp

    Diane Lapp

    Instruction Literacy Reading

    Diane Lapp, EdD, is a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University and an English teacher and literacy coach at Health Sciences High and Middle College.

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  9. Peter Hayes

    Peter Hayes

    Instruction Literacy

    Peter Hayes is the former director of Solution Tree Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. Previously he was the national director of education for the Australian Council for Education.

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  10. Maria C. Grant

    Maria C. Grant

    Instruction Literacy Science

    Maria C. Grant, EdD, is a professor in secondary education at California State University, Fullerton. She has authored numerous publications centered on science literacy, formative assessment, and reading.

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