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James B. Short is the program director for Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning in the Education Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York. His work at the foundation focuses on building capacity of teachers, principals, and system leaders to implement college and career-ready standards in language arts and reading, mathematics and science. He has been involved in education for over thirty years with an ongoing focus on the role of curriculum and professional learning in teacher development. He is the co-author of Transforming Teaching Through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning: The Elements.

Stephanie Hirsh is the former executive director of Learning Forward, a position she held for over a decade. Before her appointment as executive director, she served the association as deputy executive director for 18 years. Today she consults with foundations, organizations, education start-ups, and universities focused on issues of capacity building, equity, curriculum, and professional learning. She is the co-author of five books, including Transforming Teaching Through Curriculum-Based Professional Learning: The Elements.

Fenesha Hubbard has been leading K–12 professional development for the past twenty-one years. Her field experience includes being a middle school math teacher, instructional coach, workshop facilitator, and designer of professional development for NWEA and the Chicago Public Schools. Fenesha has worked in schools across the nation with a focus on math instruction and assessment practices. She is the author of The Equity Expression: Six Entry Points for Nonnegotiable Academic Success.

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Teaching Reading, Teaching Students to Drive Their Learning, and How Scaffolding Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, PLC+: A Playbook for Instructional Leaders and Onboarding Teachers. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day.