National Experts

We are partnering with these national experts during the 2017-18 school year to ensure you and your leadership team proactively address relevant issues in an adaptive, ever-changing digital economy and global landscape to eliminate predictability in student outcomes.


DelpitLisa Delpit is currently the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award and the Harvard School of Education’s award for an Outstanding Contribution to Education, she is dedicated to providing excellent education to communities of color both in the United States and abroad. Delpit is the author of numerous books, including “Other People’s Children” and “Multiplication Is for White People.”
DaggettBill Daggett’s System for Effective Instruction and Rigor/Relevance Framework are the cornerstones of many school improvement efforts throughout the United States. He helps his audiences to challenge assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of current practices. Daggett inspires his listeners to embrace the greatest aspects of our education system and to make the necessary modifications required to meet the needs of all 21st century learners. Dr. Daggett currently serves on the education advisory boards for NASA, USA Today, and Scholastic Achievement Partners. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Successful Practices Network.
Sheninger Eric Sheninger is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education. Through practitioner‐driven professional learning solutions focused on leading and learning in the digital age, Sheninger assists school leaders in embracing and effectively utilizing technology to move schools and districts forward. His efforts to implement technology as a mechanism for transforming teaching, learning and community engagement has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.
Jabbar Beig is the Executive GLAD Officer for BE GLAD. He is also a teacher, licensed marriage and family therapist, Certified Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) Trainer, and Authorized Sheltered English Immersion Trainer for the Arizona Department of Education. His background includes: neurolinguistics, child development, biopsychology, and memory. Currently, he empowers teachers with instructional practices that have eliminated the achievement gap in schools throughout the country.
Erkens-NewCassandra Erkens is a presenter, author, and keynote speaker.  She has worked in education for over 30 years in a wide variety of roles: classroom teacher, union president, central office administration, state department school improvement facilitator, university adjunct professor, executive director of educational services in the business industry, and now serves as a teacher of teachers, consulting in the national and international arenas.  Today she works closely with her co-authors Tom Schimmer and Nicole Vagle and a host of other renowned authors in the field of classroom assessment to design and deliver services through the Assessment Center at Solution Tree
Pijanowski Lissa Pijanowski supports teachers and leaders in creating compelling learning environments that reflect high expectations, promote student engagement, and produce results. Lissa’s work with schools across the United States integrates her years of school improvement experience and curriculum leadership in standards-based education. A former superintendent, Lissa is currently the founder and chief learning officer of Innovate to Educate, and she also serves as a senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.
FullerTamika Fuller is an independent consultant with an extensive background in advocacy, leadership, and customized approaches to accelerating growth. She has experience coaching and consulting nationally, and her knowledge of a variety of assessments contributes to her ability to engage stakeholders at deeper levels of understanding with regard to data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Her proven success as both teacher and mentor in turnaround schools has provided her with extensive experience in systems alignment and change management.
McTigheJay McTighe is an accomplished author, having co-authored 14 books, including the award-winning and best-selling Understanding by Design series with Grant Wiggins. He has served as the director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium and has been involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead Maryland’s standards-based reforms, including the development of performance-based statewide assessments.
O'Connor Ken O’Connor is an independent consultant who specializes in issues related to the communication of student achievement, especially grading and reporting. Through books and articles, presentations, and working with small groups, Ken helps individuals, schools, and school districts to improve communication about student achievement.  He is now generally acknowledged to be a leading expert on how to grade and report effectively.