This team of highly experienced and remarkably successful educational leaders leverage their decades of experience and unique insights to identify the challenges – and solutions – facing administrators, teachers, and their students in today’s changing educational landscape.
Former Superintendent, Coventry Public Schools, Rhode Island
As the Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships at Achieve3000, Dr. Almeida is dedicated to working strategically with school district leadership teams to drive transformative change and improve learning outcomes for all students. He served as the Superintendent of Coventry Public Schools in Rhode Island, where he oversaw the district’s blended learning initiative and partnered with Google on the first state-wide Google Summit. He also represented the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association on the state’s Educator Evaluation Committee. Dr. Almeida has also led successful projects focusing on intervention, curriculum development, data analysis training, and more.
Specialties: Blended learning, instructional leadership development, Response to Intervention, evaluation and supervision
Kevin Baird is a noted leader in college and career readiness content, strategies, and standards. He currently serves as Chairman and Senior Faculty at the non-profit Center for College & Career Readiness. A frequent consultant and trainer, Mr. Baird has worked with some of the United States’ largest school districts, state departments of education, and governments outside of the U.S. He also co-authored the National Pathway for Common Core State Standards, created Common Core Black Belt Certification program in partnership with the University of Southern California, and designed the Constancy and Consistency Framework. He is dedicated to connecting classrooms with pragmatic, practical approaches which accelerate student learning.
Specialties: College and career readiness, Common Core State Standards
Former Superintendent, Horry County Schools, South Carolina
Dr. Elsberry is a sought-after education leader and expert in blended learning. Prior to joining Achieve3000 as the Executive Director of Blended Learning, she served as Superintendent of Horry County Schools in South Carolina and Talladega County Schools in Alabama. Horry County – a diverse, high-poverty district with over 40,000 students – won national acclaim for its transformation under Dr. Elsberry’s leadership, and was rated as one of South Carolina’s highest-performing school districts. As part of her strategic plan for Horry County, Dr. Elsberry focused on successfully implementing key blended learning strategies: empowering teachers with 21st-century skills and differentiating teaching and learning for all students.
Specialties: Blended learning, college and career readiness
Former Assistant Superintendent, Chula Vista Elementary School District, California
Dr. Nelson is a dedicated instructional leader, expert in the use of technology to improve student outcomes, and passionate advocate for English language learners. During his tenure as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services at the Chula Vista Elementary School District in California, he oversaw the district’s dramatic improvement in academic performance and high-stakes test scores through the implementation of a student-centered instructional framework and a cloud-based differentiated instruction solution. With nearly four decades of experience in education, Dr. Nelson has also worked as a classroom teacher, ESL instructor, school principal, and lecturer at San Diego State University.
Specialties: Accelerating student achievement, Common Core State Standards, leadership coaching
Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
Dr. Fisher is the Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, as well as a teacher leader and administrator at Health Sciences High & Middle College in San Diego, CA. As an award-winning author, educator, and member of the California Reading Hall of Fame, his work has been recognized by the International Literacy Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Academy of Educational Publishers. Dr. Fisher is also a past board member of the International Literacy Association and the Literacy Research Association. As a researcher, his work focuses on school improvement, especially in the areas of quality instruction and raising student achievement.
Specialties: Instructional leadership development, data-driven instruction, English language learners, college and career readiness, higher education literacy
Professor Emeritus of Education, Stanford University
Dr. Kamil is an expert on the effects of technology on literacy acquisition, and has advised several state departments of education on the design and implementation of comprehensive literacy plans. He is currently a member of the Adolescent Literacy Advisory Board for the Alliance for Excellent Education. Previously, Dr. Kamil chaired the Reading Advisory Panel for the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory and served as an advisor to the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program for the U.S. Department of Education. He has also been a member of the National Reading Panel, the National Literacy Panel, and the Carnegie Corporation Advisory Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy.
Specialties: Instructional technology, Common Core State Standards, early and adolescent literacy, content-area literacy, literacy assessment
Professor, Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. P. David Pearson is an award-winning researcher and scholar who served as the Dean of the University of California at Berkeley from 2001-2010, where he is currently a professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program. His projects include the “Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading,” which examines how reading, writing, and language can be used as tools to foster the development of knowledge and inquiry in science, and the Strategic Education Research Partnership between UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Dr. Pearson is also the founding editor of the Handbook of Reading Research, and a former editor of Reading Research Quarterly and the Review of Research in Education.
Specialties: Foundational literacy, reading and writing research, literacy in the content areas
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