Experts in Educational Professional Development

We're bringing out the experts in educational professional development, the heavy hitters—120 of them, to be exact. Consultants like Michael Fullan and practitioners like Douglas Reeves all weigh in on challenges to teaching, learning, and professional development. This isn't your typical, one-day training session with a guest speaker. These professional development experts give the theory and show how to implement it in short, on-demand video segments that are making changes from Boston to LA. 

Bottom line: It's some of the world's most effective training, period.

Andy Hargreaves

Dr. Andy Hargreaves specializes in leadership, professional learning communities, and educational change.  As the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Dr. Hargreaves strives to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education.

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Arthur L. Costa

Dr. Arthur L. Costa is a Professor of Education, Emeritus from California State University Sacramento. Dr. Costa specializes in helping educators teach students higher level thinking skills. He has taught graduate courses focusing on curriculum, supervision, and the improvement of instruction...

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Barrie Bennett

Dr. Barrie Bennett is an associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). He is an expert in the fields of teacher learning, instructional intelligence, and pedagogy. He works with school boards around the world, focusing on ways teachers can integrate instructional strategies, tactics, and skills to create more meaningful learning experiences and environments for all students...

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Betty Ashbaker

Dr. Betty Ashbaker is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education, at Brigham Young University. A former special education teacher and school district administrator, Dr. Ashbaker specializes in the roles of paraprofessionals in the classroom and curriculum and instruction for disabled students... Learn more

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a renowned expert in the psychology of racism.  Currently serving as president of Spellman College, Dr. Tatum is a clinical psychologist.  Her areas of interest include black families in white communities, racial identity, and the role of race in the classroom.  Before becoming president of Spellman College in 2002, Dr. Tatum was a professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoke College, where she served as department chair, dean of the college, and acting president.

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Bonnie Davis

For 38 years, Bonnie Davis has shared her passion for education with thousands of fellow teachers and students. She is taught at many levels and in a wide variety of settings: middle schools, high schools, community colleges, four universities, a homeless women’s shelter, a shelter for runaway adolescents, and a men’s prison. Her vast experience combined with her education—a B.S. in Education, a M.A. in English, a M.A.I. in Communications/Media, and a Ph.D. in English—make Ms. Davis a powerful speaker and an inspiring presenter... Learn more

Carolyn Chapman

Carolyn Chapman is an internationally recognized educational consultant, speaker, author, and teacher. She brings real-life experience from her many years as a teacher of every age group from kindergarten through college to her consultations and is widely known for her interactive, energetic, and practical approach to teacher professional development. Ms. Chapman is an expert in many areas, including differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, integrating curricula, and authentic assessment. Her strength lies in being able to transfer theories into effective classroom practices... Learn more

Cathy Caro-Bruce

Cathy Caro-Bruce is a Staff and Organization Development Specialist for the Madison Metropolitan School District. She leads the classroom action research for the district and has successfully helped to implement action research in schools throughout the district... Learn more

Cheryl Gholar

Dr. Cheryl Gholar is passionate in her belief that all students can learn, regardless of socioeconomic status or negative learning labels. She is an expert in building networks and partnerships and bringing together urban, suburban, and rural school communities to share what works as they strive to build lives and mold futures. Dr. Gholar spent more than two decades as a teacher, counselor, guidance coordinator, and administrator with Chicago Public Schools and is now a Community and Economic Development Educator with the University of Illinois Extension... Learn more

Cindy Cantrell

Cindy Cantrell is an expert in reading development and has been training educators for more than a decade on how to support literacy. She passionately believes that educators are granted the privilege to transform the lives of children and strives to train teachers to enable them to do so...

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Curtis Linton

Curtis Linton is a co-owner of School Improvement Network where he is co-executive producer of The Video Journal of Education and TeachStream. He has spent the last 10 years documenting on video and in print the improvement efforts and best practices of the most successful schools and school systems across North America. Each year, he visits more than 100 classrooms and schools, capturing what they do to succeed with all students at the classroom, school, and system levels.

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David Sousa

Dr. David Sousa is an internationally recognized expert on brain research.  An educator for many years, including superintendent of New Providence Schools in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa found his calling through his interest in the brain.  As an independent consultant, Dr. Sousa travels internationally to help educators understand the importance to brain research and its role in teaching.

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Diane Gossen

Diane Chelsom Gossen is committed to helping teachers learn more effective and healthy ways to discipline their students. Discipline is continually one of teachers’ greatest concerns. Because of this, Dr. Gossen has created the Restitution Self Discipline program, which teaches educators new skills and strategies to manage students without fear and coercion and to create a need-satisfying environment... Learn more

Douglas B. Reeves

Dr. Douglas Reeves is the founder of The Leadership and Learning Center.  He has worked with education, business, nonprofit, and government organizations throughout the world.  The author of more than 20 books and many articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series.  His monthly column on change leadership appears in Educational Leadership.  Dr. Reeves was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education.  He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Parents Choice Award for his writing for children and parents.

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Eleanor Reneé Rodriguez

Eleanor Reneé Rodriguez has held almost every position in public schools, including elementary and middle school teacher, principal, and superintendent, before becoming a full-time educational consultant with her own company, Rodriguez and Associates.  The variety of her career in education provides Dr. Rodriguez with abundant experience in understanding how to reach every student.

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Fenwick English

Dr. Fenwick English is the R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. English has served in a variety of positions in both elementary and secondary education, including assistant principal, middle school principal, coordinator, director, assistant superintendent, and twice as superintendent of schools in New York... Learn more

Gayle Gregory

Gayle Gregory has extensive hands-on experience as an educator at every level from elementary to university settings and is an internationally known speaker and presenter. She has conducted seminars and workshops in North and South America, Asia, and Australia, in which she focuses on cognitive research and its relation to instructional strategies and classroom practices... Learn more

Glenn Singleton

Glenn Eric Singleton hails from Baltimore, Maryland. A product of public elementary and independent secondary school, Singleton earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters degree from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Singleton began his career as an Ivy League admission director. In 1992, he founded Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG) to more closely support families in their transitions within and between K-12 and higher education. His company later grew into its intended mission of addressing systemic issues of educational inequity by providing guidance to districts as to how to meet the needs of underserved student of color populations.

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Harry Wong

Dr. Harry K. Wong is one of education’s most motivating speakers.  Dr. Wong is an educator with over three decades of experience and his areas of expertise include mentoring and classroom.  His no-nonsense approach provides teachers with practical, research-based strategies that can immediately help them achieve higher levels of student success. Along with his wife Rosemary, Dr. Wong is the founder of Harry K. Wong Publications, Inc.  He is the author of several best-selling books, including The First Days of School.

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Harvey Silver

Dr. Harvey Silver is the President of the educational consulting company Silver Strong & Associates and of the publishing company Thoughtful Education Press.  He has helped state departments of education across the country and schools and districts around the world to implement more effective teaching strategies. Dr. Silver has served as a classroom teacher and an administrator for all levels from elementary to graduate.  He was worked as a consultant and trainer for ASCD, Rand Corporation, E.T.S, Phi Delta Kappa, and IDEA-Kettering.  He is the author of several books and many articles.

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Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction.  Her work has been the basis for reform in numerous school systems.  Dr. Hayes Jacobs is the founder of Curriculum Designers, Inc., a company committed to helping educational systems implement integrated and more effective curriculum.  Dr. Hayes Jacobs has given workshops and provided staff developments for many school districts, administrators, staff developers, teachers, and curriculum specialists.  She is the author of several books...

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James P. Comer

Dr. James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center. A member of the Yale medical faculty since 1968, Dr. Comer has dedicated his career to promoting a focus on child development as a way of improving schools... Learn more

Jamie Almanzan

Born and raised in California, Jamie Almanzán is an expert in promoting equity in education. Educated in public schools, Mr. Almanzán received his B.A. in English Literature from California State University, Chico. After teaching a K-5 Special Day Class in Palo Alto, Mr. Almanzán decided to pursue a master's degree from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education... Learn more

Jay McTighe

Jay McTighe has a wide variety of experience in education.  He is an expert in thinking skills, instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment.  As an educational consultant and staff development specialist, he helps districts and schools implement better practices and more effective assessment and instructional strategies.

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Jim Knight

Jim Knight is a research associate at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning and the president of the Instructional Coaching Group. He has spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching and has written several books on the topic, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction published by Corwin and Learning Forward (2007). Knight co-authored Coaching Classroom Management. He also edited Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives.

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John and Blanch Linton

John and Blanch Linton, through their experience as founders of the School Improvement Network and producers of the The Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Learning 360 Framework, and Common Core 360, have personally visited over 2,500 classrooms throughout North America over the last 16 years.  During that period, they have carefully studied and documented nearly every major educational research-based initiative that increases student learning, working personally with more than 130 international experts, researchers, and best-selling authors.  With each initiative, Blanch and John study real teachers in real classrooms, resulting in hundreds of professional development programs that show teachers real and practical ways to increase student achievement.

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John Champlin

With more than 40 years of experience in education, Dr. John Champlin is one of the field’s most distinguished consultants. He serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Quality Learning, an organization which he founded to help schools systematically make positive changes. He has worked with more than 250 school districts across the country to assist in redesigning their districts to promote effective learning for all students... Learn more

Kathy Maximov

Kathy Maximov is a product manager and business development professional with more than 12 years of experience in educational technology—focusing in early learning, particularly early literacy. Kathy has been a classroom teacher. She has managed large-scale software releases, organized and managed pilot projects, written teacher guides, led educational design teams, and trained hundreds of educators around the world. She is also the author of two children’s storybooks. 

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Kenneth Grover, M.Ed

Kenneth Grover, M.Ed, Principal, Innovations Early College High School, SLC, UT. His mission is to provide a student centered, personalized education by utilizing the power and scalability of technology to customize education where students through multiple measures–both cognitive and non-cognitive–have shown educational improvement.

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Laura Lipton

Dr. Laura Lipton is an international consultant whose writing, research and seminars focus on effective and innovative instructional practices and on building professional and organizational capacities for enhanced learning.  She is Co-Director of MiraVia, LLC, a company dedicated to helping professionals experience continuing learning and growth.

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Lynn Erickson

Lynn Erickson is recognized nationally for her work in the design of concept-based curriculum and instruction and standards-aligned curriculum. For over a decade, Ms. Erickson has traveled around the country and the world to help schools improve their curriculum and instruction. Before becoming a consultant, Lynn spent 37 years on the front lines of education as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and adjunct professor. Lynn is the author of three books in which she shares her strategies about how to deeply reach every learner... Learn more

Margery Ginsberg

Dr. Margery Ginsberg is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington. She is an expert in motivation, multicultural education, high-poverty schools, and instructionally-focused school transformation. As a consultant, Dr. Ginsberg inspires educators with her strategies for creating classrooms where motivation is high and students thrive. She has consulted with school systems across the United States and in Germany and in Japan... Learn more

Marian Leibowitz

Marian Leibowitz is an educational consultant to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and agencies throughout the United States and internationally. Her major area of focus is the restructuring of schools through leadership, change, instructional design, curriculum, and assessment.

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Mary Montle Bacon

Mary Montle Bacon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating with a B.A. in Spanish and French from Fordham University, she went on to earn a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University. Dr. Bacon spent 30 years of her career in education and brings a vast amount of experience to her current role as a full-time consultant. She has worked as a teacher in both elementary and secondary schools, a university instructor, a counselor, a psychologist, and an administrator... Learn more

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He is known internationally as an innovative leader in teacher education and leadership. He participates as a researcher, consultant, trainer, and policy advisor on many educational change projects with school systems, teachers’ federations, research institutes, and government agencies...

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Michael Rettig

Dr. Michael Rettig is a Professor in the College of Education and the Director of the Center for School Leadership at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  Dr. Rettig is an expert on school scheduling and has given conferences and workshops at over 50 national and state conferences.  As a consultant, Dr. Rettig works with 500 school districts in 36 states annually.

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Mike Schmoker

Dr. Mike Schmoker is committed to school reform because he passionately believes that for student achievement to increase, instruction must improve.  As a veteran teacher, central office administrator, and a former McRel senior consultant, Dr. Schmoker knows what must happen in order for schools to become model institutions.

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Pat Wolfe

As an educational consultant for over 15 years, Pat Wolfe has been helping teachers, school districts, boards of education, and parents nationally and internationally to implement the latest brain research into educational practice.  Dr. Wolfe has written a number of books and articles and has appeared on radio and television programs across the country.  She has served as a classroom teacher for grades K through 12, as well as county office administrator, and adjunct university professor.

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Phillip C. Schlechty

Dr. Phillip C. Schlechty passionately believes that the core business of schooling is to create engaging school work for students.  As the founder and CEO of the Schlechty Center for Leadership in School Reform, Dr. Schlechty and his staff help educators around the country implement permanent positive change at the district, school, and classroom levels.

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Rebecca DuFour

Rebecca B. DuFour has years of experience in education from her service as a teacher, school administrator, and central office coordinator. As a former elementary school principal who led her school to state and national recognition, she is the ideal consultant to aid your principals in making their schools the best they can be. Ms. DuFour has worked with professional organizations, school districts, universities, and state departments of education throughout North America... Learn more

Richard P. DuFour

Dr. Richard P. DuFour is one of the nation’s most distinguished educators. Dr. DuFour has served as a public educator for over three decades as a teacher, principal, and superintendent. In 1983 he became principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He served in this capacity until 1991 when he became superintendent of the district. During Dr. DuFour’s time at Stevenson High, the school transformed and became what the United States Department of Education described as “the most recognized and celebrated school in America.”...

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Rick Smith

Rick Smith is an internationally known presenter and consultant who specializes in helping teachers unlock their greatest potential.  Mr. Smith worked as a classroom teacher for fourteen years, working particularly with at-risk students.  He has served as a mentor to many new teachers and spent two years training Peace Corps volunteer teachers in Ghana.  In addition, Mr. Smith has taught in the Secondary Credential Program at Dominican College in San Rafael, California and currently teaches in the Elementary Credential Program at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

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Rick Stiggins

Dr. Rick Stiggins is the founder and CEO of the Assessment Training Institute (ATI).  Since 1992, Dr. Stiggins and ATI have been dedicated to maximizing student learning, confidence, and motivation by helping teachers and administrators meet the challenges of both classroom and standard assessment.  With his technical expertise and his commitment to student success, Dr. Stiggins has helped schools around the world implement better assessment programs that have lead to dramatic increases in student achievement.

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Robert Garmston

Robert J. Garmston is a professor emeritus of education administration at California State University and has given presentations and workshops for educators and professionals around the world. He is well-known for his expertise in leadership, learning, and personal and organizational development. Before becoming a professor and educational consultant, Dr. Garmston was a classroom teacher, principal, director of instruction, and superintendent...

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Robert Lynn Canady

Dr. Robert Lynn Canady is an expert in the fields of block scheduling, grading practices, and programs for at-risk students. He has served as senior education consultant at The Center for K-12 Education at the University of Virginia School of Continuing and Professional Studies and is professor emeritus at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where he served as the chair of the Department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy... Learn more

Ruth S. Johnson

Ruth S. Johnson is an expert in the concrete ways schools can close the achievement gap.  Dr. Johnson is a Professor of Education Administration at California State University, Los Angeles and is currently researching processes related to changing the academic culture of urban schools.

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Salle Quakenboss

Before becoming a principal consultant with Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), Salle Quackenboss spent twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, building administrator, and district-level administrator.  At McREL, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education, Ms. Quackenboss focuses on helping schools make decisions that are intentional and encourage student achievement.  She has also done work in developing and implementing standards-based systems in many educational areas, including leadership, professional development, assessment, and instruction.

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Spencer Kagan

Dr. Spencer Kagan is the founder of Kagan Publishing and Professional Development, one of the world’s foremost providers of teacher training.  Dr. Kagan began researching cooperative learning in 1968 and has become an international expert on the topic.  He provides workshops and keynote speeches in 20 countries and is in high demand at both the national and international levels.

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Stephen Barkley

Stephen Barkley brings over 30 years of experience in education to his consultations and seminars. Beginning his career as an elementary school teacher, Barkley is now executive vice president of Performance Learning Systems, Inc., an educational consulting firm... Learn more

Steve Olsen

Steven J. Olsen spent twenty-six years working as both a teacher and a middle school principal in the Juab School District in Nephi, Utah. Steve also served as the District School Improvement Coordinator and the District Instructional Process Trainer. In 1991, Steve was awarded the Utah Middle School "Teacher of the Year" for his exceptional work in the classroom.

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Steve Shaha

Steve Shaha has worked, consulted, and spoken nationally and internationally for twenty-five years in a wide variety of industries and educational settings.  He specializes in guiding organizations to maximize their ability to achieve their measured performance goals, increase alignment among stakeholders, and strengthen organizational integration.

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Terrence Deal

Dr. Terrence E. Deal is an internationally renowned speaker and writer specializing in leadership. Dr. Deal’s expertise in educational leadership comes both from his time as a teacher, principal, and administrator and from his research as a professor...

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Thomas R. Guskey

Dr. Thomas R. Guskey is an expert in evaluation design, analysis, and educational reform.  He is a professor at the University of Kentucky, as well as an education consultant who has worked with educators in all 50 states, Europe, and Asia.

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Todd Whitaker

Dr. Todd Whitaker is an internationally recognized speaker on a variety of educational topics, including teacher leadership, instructional improvement, change, and leadership effectiveness.

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Virginia Rojas

Dr. Virginia Rojas is an expert in the field of teaching English-language learners.  Dr. Rojas herself has taught ESL at every grade level and now teaches educators how to provide the best instruction to ESL students.

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Willard R. Daggett

Dr. Willard R. Daggett is the founder and president of the International Center for Leadership in Education. Dr. Daggett is recognized for his ability to move education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has helped many states and districts with their school improvement initiatives, often in response to the No Child Left Behind Act’s Adequate Yearly Progress provisions...

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Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy

Dr. Yvelyne Germain-McCarthy is a highly accomplished professor and educational consultant. Currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of New Orleans, Dr. Germain-McCarthy has taught at a number of universities and secondary schools. She specializes in helping teachers learn to successfully teach mathematics and has consulted with educational organizations and school systems across the country... Learn more