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Rita Janes was a teacher at all levels of schooling and most recently involved in professional development with elementary school teachers where she promotes the use of rich problem solving tasks, mathematical discourse, and asking of good questions to ensure inquiry-oriented classroom environments for children. Rita has served on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and chaired the NCTM Professional Development Services Committee. Elizabeth Strong’s career began as a primary-elementary teacher, then elementary school administrator, school district curriculum coordinator and university professor. Her focus areas are literacy, language arts and children’s literature. She is an international, national, provincial and regional professional development presenter and facilitator. She has served on such boards as the International Board on Books for Young Children and the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology and Mathematics. She holds a Ph. D in education from The Ohio State University.