Kate Gerson—a former high school teacher and principal—has driven the design and development of curriculum implementation and professional learning, and worked to train transformational school leaders. As Managing Partner of Programs for UnboundEd, Kate sets the vision and oversees the design, delivery and quality of all programs. Kate was the Senior Fellow for Educator Engagement at the Regents Research Fund, where she oversaw the design and development of New York State’s groundbreaking curriculum, training and professional development resources related to higher educational standards on EngageNY.org. Previously, she was executive director with the national nonprofit New Leaders and trained aspiring school leaders, and served as a principal at a turnaround high school for overaged, under-credited students in South Brooklyn, New York.
Lacey Robinson has more that 20 years in education as an educator, principal, and staff development specialist with a focus on literacy, equity, and school leadership. As the senior director of engagement, Lacey designs and conducts professional development sessions focused on school and district leadership, change management, and effective implementation strategies. Previously, , Lacey was the senior director of implementation for the national Transforming Teams program at New Leaders, a nonprofit that trains aspiring and current school leaders. Lacey is certified in facilitative leadership and has served as a staff development specialist nationally and internationally, most recently working with the Medical School of Rwanda on organizational and change management.
Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and former director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author/editor of more than 200 publications, and served on the author team of the Common Core State Standards. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Literacy Association. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007, and is a former first-grade teacher. For more information, visit his blog: www.shanahanonliteracy.com
Jeff Zwiers is a senior researcher at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He has taught in secondary and elementary settings. His research consists of collaborating and co-teaching with teachers to learn what works best in real classrooms for diverse students. In his spare time, he writes books and articles on literacy, thinking, and language development, along with bilingual curriculum materials for oral language development in rural schools in Guatemala.