Dr. Sharon Ritchie

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Dr. Sharon Ritchie

Dr. Sharon Ritchie, Ed.D. is currently a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her participation in the field of education over the past 40 years has included long experiences as a teacher, program director, teacher educator and researcher. She has worked with students from age three through graduate school in public and private settings, with children in special, regular, and gifted education. Prior to her tenure at UNC-CH, she was at UCLA for 17 years where she worked as a teacher educator, ran the UCLA arm of the NCEDL 11 state study of PreK and Kindergarten, and the validation study for the NAEYC Early Childhood Accreditation program. She is the author of two books and multiple research and practice articles all in relation to improving education and development for young children. She is the lead author on the classroom observation measure called the EduSnap which has been used in states, districts and schools across the US for the past 25 years. For the past 13 years, she has been the Director of FirstSchool, a national PreK-3 Public School reform initiative committed to improving the school experiences of African American, Latino, and low-income children and their families. The work is dedicated to seeing continuous improvement as the mindset and collaborative inquiry as the process for growth and change, and reform driven by high-quality instructional practices, and the effective use of data and research.

Dr. Sam Oertwig

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Dr. Sam Oertwig

 

Sam Oertwig, Ed. D., has spent the over 30 years involved in nearly every aspect of education from PreK through college with an emphasis on high quality learning environments for young learners. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise pertaining to quality education from both the teacher and administrative perspective. Dr. Oertwig has served in both public and private education in a variety of roles, including elementary teacher, principal, district executive director of elementary education, scientist, researcher, and professor and has worked as a consultant at the local, state, and national levels. She has done extensive work facilitating the development of professional learning communities and cultures of collaborative inquiry that use data and research to transform practice. During the past 10 years. Dr. Oertwig has utilized her expertise as a founding developer and implementer of FirstSchool, a research-based PreK-3rd grade school improvement initiative focused on improving the school experience of students, particularly those from marginalized populations. She has authored several publications and is a contributing writer in FirstSchool: Transforming PreK-3rd Grade for African American, Latino, and Low-Income Children by S. Ritchie and L. Gutman (Eds) and The Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education by L. Couse & S. Recchia (Eds).

Ms. Kelli Leavell

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Ms. Kelli Leavell

Kelli Leavell M.Ed is an author and national education consultant. She began her career in the Bremerton School District where she has worked as a classroom teacher and district level coordinator. Kelli provides training and consultation for states, districts, schools, and education foundations across the country. She specializes in systems building and alignment of assessment, data, instruction, and curriculum. Kelli’s most recent work supports schools in streamlining assessments from PreK through 8 th grade to establish a balance of formative and summative data. She provides schools with a data analysis, goal setting, and responsive instruction process that personalizes learning, increases student outcomes, and improves overall systematic effectiveness.​

Dr. Nancy Dome

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Dr. Nancy Dome

Dr. Nancy Dome is a renowned speaker and leader on Equity in school systems and workplaces with over 20 years of experience in the education field as a childcare worker, teacher and professor.

She has provided professional development to the Marin County Office of Education and educational agencies throughout the United States.  Her expertise and experience supports transformative culture change through trainings, tools, and leadership to diverse organizations.  Dr. Dome’s approach is to meet teachers and administrators where they are and to help them reach measurable goals that, ultimately, change the educational experience and outcomes for ALL students.