Thought Leader Lecturers


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Monica Martinez

Monica R. Martinez, PhD, is an education strategist, author, speaker on innovation and education, including high school redesign, teaching, and college access. She is the Chief School Support Officer for the XQ Institute where she oversees the XQ schools and overall strategic, programmatic, policy, and partnership development in support of XQ high schools. Prior to…

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Bridget Laird

Bridget has been with WINGS since 1998. Through the years, Bridget has helped to develop all aspects of the organization, from program/curriculum development to spearheading grant and research applications to growth strategies, replication, and scaling. During this time, she and our founder were leading the charge in bringing social and emotional skill development to kids…

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Shatoya Jordan

Shatoya is principal of Purdue Polytechnic HS. She has been a teacher and administrator. She earned her BS in physical education, health and safety science, and biology and her master’s degree in leadership administration, both from Marian University.

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Raul Peña

Raúl Peña has been an educator for more than two decades. In that time, he has served as a bilingual classroom teacher, middle school assistant principal and campus principal. Most recently, Dr. Peña was named Chief of Elementary School Leadership in the Fort Worth Independent School District.  As both a campus and district administrator, Dr….

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Amy Slamp

Amy Hodges Slamp is a Senior Program Officer on the K-12 team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she leads work focused on supporting the work of schools in networks that are focused on improving results for students, with a primary focus on leadership. She has also focused on the leadership supports necessary…

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Jacqueline Shuman

Dr. Jacqueline Shuman is a public educator who has served 13 years as a mathematics teacher for grades 7-12 ranging in subjects from state assessment remediation, co-teach inclusion, Pre-AP (Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus) and AP Statistics. As an administrator, Dr. Shuman has served as a secondary campus administrator, Math Intervention Specialist, Math Curriculum Specialist, District…

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Katie Brush

Katharine Brush is a research associate at the Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning (EASEL) Laboratory. Her work supports several projects designed to strengthen the links between research and practice in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL), including a content analysis of the curricular content and key features of 25 leading SEL programs (Navigating SEL Report);…

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Jonathan Supovitz

Jonathan Supovitz is a Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE). Dr. Supovitz is an accomplished mixed-method researcher and evaluator and has published findings from numerous educational studies and evaluations of state and district reform…

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Leigh Wall

Leigh Wall serves as superintendent of schools for Santa Fe Independent School District in Santa Fe, Texas. She has completed 11 years in this district and 35 years as an educator in Texas and Louisiana. Santa Fe ISD is located in Galveston County and is a rural district serving approximately 5000 students. Prior to her…

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Mikel Royal

Dr. Royal is passionate about school leadership and believes deeply in the impact a successful leader has on all aspects of our educational system. Over the course of her 18 years serving in the education field, she has held the role of classroom teacher, staff developer, assistant principal, principal, mentor principal, principal supervisor, leadership consultant…

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Steven Ebell

Dr. Steven Ebell serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Ebell began his career in education as an elementary special education teacher in Austin ISD. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Ebell has served as an elementary assistant principal, middle school principal, assistant superintendent and a superintendent of schools. Dr. Ebell…

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Lacey Robinson

Lacey Robinson has more that 20 years in education as an educator, principal, and staff development specialist with a focus on literacy, equity, and school leadership. As the senior director of engagement, Lacey designs and conducts professional development sessions focused on school and district leadership, change management, and effective implementation strategies. Previously, , Lacey was…

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Tricia McManus

Tricia McManus was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of South Florida. For seventeen years, she served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in Hillsborough County Public Schools, six years of which she served as a turnaround principal in two high needs elementary schools,…

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Holly Hughes

Holly Hughes, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, Clear Creek ISD. Holly has served as both a campus and district leader focused on building capacity in all learners. As a member of a diverse instructional team, CCISD continues to lead learners in using tools for change in order to create a strategic, effective school system.

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Silas Kulkarni

Silas Kulkarni is co-founder and Executive Director of Teaching Lab, a non-profit devoted to closing the opportunity gap through teacher-led professional learning. Silas is a nationally renowned expert on the Common Core State Standards and professional learning. Before founding Teaching Lab, he worked as a literacy expert at Student Achievement Partners and as a record-breaking math teacher…

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Nicholas Pelzer

Nicholas Pelzer joined the Wallace Foundation in 2014 and brings over ten years of cross-sector experience developing and enhancing dynamic social initiatives. As a Senior Program Officer in the Education Leadership Unit, Nicholas works with school districts, technical assistance providers, and stakeholders across the country to strengthen their efforts to attract, train, evaluate and support…

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Stephanie McBride

Stephanie McBride is the executive director for professional learning in Clear Creek Independent School District. Previous to that, she has served as an elementary and intermediate principal for 11 years.

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Jim Short

Jim Short is a program director within the Corporation’s Education program, where he manages the Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning portfolio. Mr. Short oversees grantmaking aimed at preparing and supporting teachers and school and system leaders for learning environments that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions they need for future success….

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Rod Allen

Rod Allen is currently the Superintendent for the Cowichan Valley School District  in British Columbia, Canada and formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister / Chief Superintendent with the BC Ministry of Education.  Rod was the architect of British Columbia’s Education Plan, new curriculum and transformation to personalized learning. Under Allen’s leadership, BC became a major contributor…

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Lynn Hobratschk

Lynn Hobratschk is the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary, in Friendswood, Texas. She is formerly a principal of Westwood Elementary, a National School of Character. She has been in education for 35 years.

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Leyton Schnellert

Leyton Schnellert is a community-based researcher who leads collaborative inquiry teams throughout British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. Dr Schnellert’sscholarship attends to how teachers and teaching and learners and learning can embrace student diversity, multiple literacies and pedagogical practices that draw from students’ funds of knowledge to build participatory, collaborative, and culturally responsive learning communities….

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Marcelo Cavazos

Marcelo Cavazos began his career as an English teacher in Mission CISD in 1990 and has worked at McAllen ISD, Mercedes ISD and San Benito CISD, as well as the Texas Education Agency. He joined Arlington ISD as associate superintendent for instruction in 1999 and has served as superintendent since December of 2012. He has…

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Maria Hyler

Maria E. Hyler serves as the Deputy Director of the Learning Policy Institute’s Washington, D.C. office and is a Senior Researcher on staff. Maria co-leads LPI’s Educator Quality team and represents the institute on several initiatives focused on teacher and leader preparation, development, and leadership. Prior to taking her position at LPI, Maria served as…

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Derrick Chau

Derrick Chau, Ph.D. is the Senior Executive Director of Instruction in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In this role, Dr. Derrick Chau oversees curriculum, instruction and assessment policy for early childhood through high schools in LAUSD serving over 500,000 students. Prior to joining the LAUSD, Dr. Chau was a founding teacher, founding principal and the Vice President of Instruction in the…

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Steven Wurtz

Steven is responsible for developing and collaboratively actualizing the district’s learning framework designed to empower and engage all students to be contributing, responsible citizens reaching their maximum potential through relevant, innovative and rigorous learning experiences. Previously, he served as an area superintendent, principal, assistant principal, elementary bilingual/ESL and gifted and talented teacher in Irving and…

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Lillian Lowery

Lillian M. Lowery, Ph.D., serves as Ed Trust’s vice president for preK-12 policy, research, and practice, leading Ed Trust’s ambitious agenda to focus national attention on inequities in public education as well as the actions necessary to close gaps in opportunity and raise achievement. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of FutureReady Columbus,…

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Scott Muri

Scott R. Muri became the Superintendent of Schools in Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) on July 1, 2015, leading SBISD to become one of the first Districts of Innovation in Texas. Immediately prior to joining SBISD, Dr. Muri served as the Deputy Superintendent of Academics for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Muri…

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Bret Champion

Before taking the helm at Klein ISD in 2016, Bret served for 23 years in Leander ISD as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, principal and teacher. Growing up in Goldthwaite, Texas (where he graduated in a class of 30), Bret found his passion for public education through Teach For America, where he was a member of…

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James Liebman

James S. Liebman, is Founding Director of the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law at Columbia University. From 2006 to 2009, he served the New York City’s Department of Education’s Division of Accountability and Achievement Resources, including the City’s summative and formative assessment programs, the design and…

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David Hardy

David Hardy is the CEO of the Lorain School District in Ohio. Prior to becoming CEO, Hardy led notable school improvement initiatives as school leader in District 19 (Brooklyn), as a state leader in in New Jersey, and as a district leader in for Saint Louis Public. Hardy served as Deputy Superintendent of Academics for Saint…

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Jenny McGown

Jenny began her career in education in Uzbekistan, where she taught 15-year-old girls in school for the first time. She returned to the United States to teach English at Klein Collins High School and has since served as an administrator at both elementary and secondary levels. Jenny was the founding principal of Zwink Elementary and…

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Elizabeth Chu

Elizabeth Chu is Executive Director of the Columbia Center for Public Research and Leadership. Before joining CPRL, Liz was an Assistant Professor of Practice at Relay Graduate School of Education, where she taught general pedagogy courses, designed and managed internal data collection systems, and performed research on school discipline, teacher preparation, and social-emotional learning. Liz…

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Sara Alwan

As an Associate, Sara Alwan is supporting the development and execution of Chiefs for Change’s advocacy agenda. Prior to joining the team, Sara was a Teach For America Corps member teaching third grade ELA at Achievement First Aspire Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, she worked as a Policy Analyst for StudentsFirstNY, where she…

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Jason Green

Jason Green has dedicated his career to creating positive change in education. As cofounder of Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC), Green has helped hundreds of schools and districts reimagine and implement 21st-century teaching and learning practices. Through an ongoing research partnership with Dr. Arnetha Ball of Stanford University Graduate School of Education, he develops and implements…

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Michelle Beavers

Michelle M. Beavers, Ph.D., currently serves Chesterfield County Public Schools as Coordinator of Professional Development, responsible for leadership development and overseeing the professional learning of teachers, classified, and online learning opportunities.  She started her career as a middle school teacher and served as a school administrator, prior to moving to higher education. During her nine…

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Anne Wicks

Anne Wicks, Director, Education Reform, develops and oversees the policy, research, and engagement work of the Education Reform team. Before joining the Bush Institute, Wicks served for five years as Associate Dean for External Relations at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.  In addition to leading a team with revenue, communications, and engagement…

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Meredith Lewis

Meredith Lewis is the director of school transformation at Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC). In this role she works closely with schools and district leaders across the country to help teachers and leaders become the catalysts for facilitating personalized learning and empowering student agency in 21st-century classrooms. Before joining LINC she served for 10 years as…

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Eric Hirsch

Eric Hirsch is the Founding Executive Director of EdReports. Prior to coming to EdReports.org, Eric was the Chief External Affairs Officer at the New Teacher Center, the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Quality and the Education Program Manager at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He has supported policymakers in 35 states, written…

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Jen Goldberg

Jennifer Goldberg acts on her passion to create conditions of powerful and equitable learning for all students as director of Advanced Academic Access, within the Office of School Support and Supervision, Brooklyn North High Schools. Her primary role is to support the implementation and sustainability of Advanced Placement for ALL, an NYC Department of Education…

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Stephanie Hirsh

Stephanie Hirsh

Executive Director

Learning Forward

Dr. Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Learning Forward’s more than 10,000 members and 40 state and provincial affiliates are committed to excellence in teaching and learning for all educators and students. Before her appointment as executive director, Hirsh served the association as deputy executive director. She began her career as a secondary…

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