Research & Development, Learning Sciences International
Sara Croll was an educator in Title I schools for 10 years. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school and served as a literacy coach, where she mentored and supported teachers. She earned her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago, where she focused on service for others through philanthropy work with children locally and internationally. She earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The American College of Education. She joined Learning Sciences International in 2016, working on special projects for the content team and serving as the assistant to the CEO. She’s now part of the research and development team, where she keeps the needs of teachers at the forefront of her work. Sara has a focus on providing teachers with practical applications to see immediate impact in their classrooms and has presented on topics ranging from teaming to using daily data in PLC’s to form instructional decisions.
Learning Sciences International
Michelle Fitzsimmons is an experienced Curriculum Coordinator, district- and building-level administrator, instructional coach, reading specialist, and teacher. She is also a National Staff Developer and member of the Learning Sciences International Curriculum Team. As a member of the curriculum team, Michelle assists districts in developing standards-aligned lessons and units in English language arts, K-12.
Elizabeth (Libby) Garst
Instructional Designer and Staff Developer, Learning Sciences International
Libby Garst, MSEd, is an instructional designer and staff developer for Learning Sciences International. She has created numerous resources on research-based instructional strategies for the LSI iObservation library and facilitated online courses for the Art and Science of Teaching master’s program for the National Institute for Professional Practice. She has been a successful teacher and instructional math coach at the elementary and middle school levels. Ms. Garst is a graduate of Virginia Tech and received her master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is co-author with Dr. Robert J. Marzano and Carla Moore of Creating & Using Learning Targets & Performance Scales: How Teachers Make Better Instructional Decisions.
Siobhán Leahy, MS, was a principal of three secondary schools for 17 years. She has practical experience with embedding classroom formative assessment through implementation of teacher learning communities. She is co-author and developer, with Dylan Wiliam on several publications. She received her Master of Science from South Bank University, London, and her Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences from the University of Warwick, UK.
Curriculum National Practice Leader, Learning Sciences International
An experienced professional developer, literacy coach, teacher, and administrator, Carla Moore, MSEd, is a National Practice Leader for Curriculum and a member of Applied Research Center for Learning Sciences International (LSI). Carla leads a team of curriculum experts in developing, facilitating, and helping transform districts and states on standards-aligned curriculum systems. She is nationally recognized for her commitment to K–12 education.
In her current role as a thought leader at LSI, she has coauthored award-winning books with Dr. Robert J. Marzano on Creating and Using Learning Targets and Performance Scales: How Teachers Make Better Instructional Decisions and Dr. Robert J. Marzano and LSI CEO Michael D. Toth on The Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms: A Practical Instructional Model for Every Student to Achieve Rigor, as well as a number of research papers.
Research and Development Lead, Learning Sciences International
Deana Senn is an award-winning author and the Research and Development Lead for Learning Sciences International (LSI), where she creates tools and resources to support instructional strategies such as teaming and standards-based planning.
Ms. Senn’s educational experience spans the Untied States and Canada in both rural and urban districts, including school and regional levels. She is the author of the several books in the Essentials for Achieving Rigor series including: Identifying Critical Content, Organizing for Learning, and Engaging in Cognitively Complex Tasks.
Michael D. Toth
Author and CEO, Learning Sciences International
Michael D. Toth is founder and CEO of Learning Sciences International. Formerly the president of the National Center for the Profession of Teaching, a university faculty member, and director of research and development grants, Mr. Toth leads LSI’s Applied Research Center, keynote presentations, and advises education leaders on issues of core instruction, school improvement, leadership and teacher effectiveness, and talent development systems. He is the author of Who Moved My Standards? Joyful Teaching in an Age of Change: A SOAR-ing Tale, which received the 2016 Best Books Award in the field of education; and co-author, with Robert J. Marzano, of The Essentials for Standards-Driven Classrooms and other titles.