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LSI Formative Assessment National Conference

Presenters

Jaime Bailey

Jaime Bailey, MEd has more than 33 years of experience in K-12 education. She has served as teacher, special education teacher, instructional coach, curriculum coordinator, assessment coordinator, and professional development coordinator for five rural school districts. Her diverse experiences give her a broad perspective as she supports systems in refinement and change. Jaime has rich background in data driven decision-making, standards-based instruction, and performance task development. She has supported schools and school systems on Priority Improvement or Turnaround status. Jaime earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to providing professional development Jaime’s semi-retired status allows her to spend time designing and delivering S.T.E.M. lessons to children during their dialysis treatment.

Beth Carr

Beth Carr is Senior Director of District Partnerships for Learning Sciences International. She joined the organization in 2005 as Project Implementation Manager for the Reading First Initiative, a voluntary Pennsylvania Department of Education program designed to help improve literacy. Since then, she has been consulting with districts to help teachers and administrators implement evidence-based training programs that improve professional practice and increase student achievement. When Race to the Top awards were announced in 2010, Beth became instrumental as a trusted adviser and consultant to state department officials and central office administrators responsible for developing and implementing contemporary teacher and principal evaluation systems. More recently, Beth is assisting districts and schools with school improvement processes that improve Core Instruction, develop 21st Century and SEL skills, while raising student achievement and closing equity gaps.

Elizabeth (Libby) Garst

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.

Deana Senn

With more than 15 years of education experience, Deana Senn, MS, is an expert in instructional strategies and classroom assessments. Her curriculum and instruction experience span the United States and Canada, in both rural and urban districts, from the school level to regional level. She actively develops content with the Marzano Center team and trains nationwide. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received her master’s degree from Montana State University. Ms. Senn recently co-authored three books with Dr. Robert J. Marzano: Identifying Critical Content, Engaging in Cognitively Complex Tasks: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Generate & Test Hypotheses Across Disciplines; Engaging in Cognitively Complex Tasks: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Generate & Test Hypotheses Across Disciplines; and Organizing for Learning: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Interact Within Small Groups.

Meg Bowen

An ardent advocate for equity, Meg Bowen, M.Ed., has spent more than thirty years in the field of education serving students, teachers, and administrators in NC, Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. A graduate of the University of North Carolina Charlotte and James Madison University, Ms. Bowen completed doctoral coursework in curriculum at the University of Maryland. Ms. Bowen has developed curriculum and supported its implementation in both elementary and secondary settings. After serving for several years as Reading Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal, she became the Director of Elementary Curriculum for one of the nation’s largest school districts. Ms. Bowen served on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition and on the Board of Advisors for the Children’s Movement, reflecting her dedication to early childhood and social justice. She feels her work with LSI aligns perfectly with her passion for ensuring all students have access to a rigorous and engaging curriculum.

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