Devin Thornburgis a Professor of Education at Adelphi University, teaching courses in cognition, culture and learning, social justice, and human rights. He has been involved in school reform and teacher education for three decades, writing about teacher-student relationships and roles in diverse settings. His latest work is on trust in learning. He served as part of the leadership team of the Metro Center at NYU a decade ago and has been deeply involved in collaborations with non-profits all of his professional life. With degrees from Tulane, Harvard, and NYU, Dr. Thornburg is the father of two daughters who have taught him how much there is to learn in this world.
Dr. Rita Stein is an ASCD author and received her Ed.D from Teachers College of Columbia University. Her book Connecting Character to Conduct and her subsequent book for Corwin Press on Induction: From Recruitment to Retention have been used by educators and companies throughout the world. Dr. Stein has presented workshops at ASCD in Boston, Dallas, Chicago, and in Curacao, St. Martin and Antigua. She will be the keynote speaker at the New England Conference in Rhode Island and present in Boston later this year. Combining textbook theory with practical experience honed in classrooms and administrative offices Rita has developed interactive workshops, training seminars and job embedded sessions on instructional, strategies, behavior management, character education and administrative and teaching practices. Whether facilitating a round table discussion on such critical issues as student performance, evaluation or leading workshops for support staff on their role in the learning and safety of students Rita works collaboratively with staff to improve their performance, offer support and helps them meet their goals. Rita is an ASCD presenter and has travelled all over the United States and to many countries presenting lively, interactive and user friendly workshops that provide participants with tools they can use in their individual roles on the following day. A sought after presenter, Rita tailors workshops, keynotes and parent meetings to address your building, district and or individual school needs.
Dr. Karen Siris, Professor of Educational Leadership at Adelphi University and retired Oceanside principal, served on the New York Dignity for All Students Task Force and currently serves on the New York State Safe Schools Task Force. She worked on the committee designing the anti-bullying certification curriculum as well as the public school requirements of the Dignity Act. She is known and respected for the work she has done creating a Caring Majority of "upstanding students" in her school. Dr. Siris presents locally and nationally to schools and parents about bullying prevention. Her children's book Stand Up! explores the power of children as allies to their peers.
Co-teaching and differentiation strategies for the instruction of ELL students
Classroom/program visits and recommendations
Integrating teaching strategies with the Common Core Standards
Navigating the state modules and adapting to meet student needs
Diane Ripple has been a professional developer on Long Island and the surrounding areas since 1996. She is the founder and president of Consulting That Makes a Difference, Inc. CMDI provides coaching services and workshops in such areas as co-teaching, disability-specific coaching, inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, paraprofessional training, community building and family coaching. Diane has expertise in supporting teachers to creatively integrate dynamic teaching strategies with the Common Core Standards. Additionally, Diane has successfully supported teachers to make sense of the state modules and adapt them to meet student needs. After earning her Bachelor's from SUNY at Geneseo and her Master's at SUNY at Stony Brook, Diane began her career as a speech therapist. Without question, Diane has found her true passion collaborating with teachers, administrators and families.