Speaker Biographies and Contact Information
John Abraham is deputy director of the American Federation of Teachers’ Department of Research and Information
Services. He also serves as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Labor and as an instructor at George Washington
University. Abraham is the author of several articles and papers on pension and health plans. He has a bachelor’s degree
in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an MBA in finance from Loyola University of
Chicago. Contact Abraham at AFT, 555 New Jersey Ave., NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 879-4582;
Craig Barrett is chairman of the board of Intel Corporation and a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S.
and around the world. Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974 as a technology development manager. He was named
chief executive officer of the company in 1998 and chairman of the board in 2005. Prior to his work at Intel, Barrett was a
professor at Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Barrett also attended Stanford,
earning his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in materials science. Barrett is a recent appointee to the
President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, to the American Health Information Community
(AHIC) and a member of the National Academies Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century:
An Agenda for American Science and Technology. He also is co-chairman of the Business Coalition for Excellence in
Education, a board member of the U.S. Council for International Business, co-chair of the National Innovation Initiative
Leadership Council and chair of the National Academy of Engineering. Contact Barrett at Intel Corporation, 2200
Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95052; (408) 765-8080; attn: Jennifer Greeson,
Warren Bell is associate vice-president for the Office of Institutional Advancement’s Department of University & Media
Relations at Xavier University. Bell has been a part of the New Orleans broadcast journalism and mass media market for
more than 30 years. He started out on the radio in high school in New Orleans and then got a job at a radio station in New
Haven, Conn. while he was a student at Yale University. Bell then moved to Baltimore to work in TV news and
eventually came home to become New Orleans’ first African American weekday prime-time TV news anchor at WDSU.
Bell has taught mass communications courses at Dillard University. He also manages Warren Bell & Associates, LLC,
which specializes in media relations and marketing, documentaries and video production, as well as on-camera and voice
over work. Contact Bell at University and Media Relations, Xavier University of Louisiana, 1 Drexel Drive, New
Orleans, LA 70125; (504) 520-5128 or 235-8706; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Birkeland is an independent consultant in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a research affiliate of the Project on the
Next Generation of Teachers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from
Stanford University, a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a
doctorate in educational administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University. She is co-author of the book
Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in our Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and of several papers
about fast track teacher licensure and new teacher induction. She currently consults to districts, state departments of
education and non-profits on the design and evaluation of alternative certification and beginning teacher induction
programs. Contact Birkeland at 9 Magnolia Ave. #1, Cambridge, MA, 02138; (617) 686-8563;
Roger Bowen is general secretary of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), a non-profit
organization that aims to advance academic freedom and shared governance and define fundamental professional values
and standards for higher education. Bowen holds a doctorate in political science from the University of British Columbia.
He is the author of numerous published articles and several books, including Japan’s Dysfunctional Democracy (2003).
He has served as a professor at Colby College and as vice-president for academic affairs at Hollins College. From 1996-
2001, he served as president of the State University of New York at New Paltz, where, in 1998, he received the AAUP’s
Alexander Meiklejohn Award for his defense of academic freedom. Contact Bowen at American Association of
University Professors, 1012 Fourteenth Street, NW, Suite #500, Washington D.C., 20005; (202) 737-5900-ext. 3019;
David A. Caputo became the sixth president of Pace University in 2000. Prior to his appointment at Pace, Caputo served
for five years as president of Hunter College of the City University of New York. Before joining Hunter, Caputo spent
more than 25 years in increasingly responsible positions at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, last serving as
dean of its School of Liberal Arts from 1987 to 1995. Caputo serves as the co-chair of the New York State Regents’
Professional Standards and Practices Board. He has authored or co-authored five books including: Urban America: The
Policy Alternatives and American Politics and Public Policy: An Introduction, and more than 50 articles, book chapters
and research notes. His academic research and teaching areas are urban and intergovernmental relations, election reporting
and administration and Italian politics. Contact Caputo at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038; (800)
Karol Costa is the founding director of The Ingenuity Project, an experimental project that aims to enable Baltimore
students to become nationally competitive in science and mathematics. She currently consults for the Baltimore public
school system in the gifted and talented program and is a supervisor in the Johns Hopkins University Masters in Teaching
program. Costa has taught grades three through high school in Chicago, Illinois and Lexington, Massachusetts. After
moving to Baltimore, she taught emotionally disturbed children and became executive assistant to the director of The
Children’s Guild, Inc. In 1994 she was selected by the Abell Foundation to become the executive director of The
Ingenuity Project. Less than five years later, an Ingenuity Project senior became an Intel Science Talent Search 2005
winner. Ms. Costa received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Clark University and a master’s degree in science in
communicative disorders from Johns Hopkins University. Contact Costa at The Ingenuity Project, Baltimore
Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209; (443) 394-6950; email@example.com.
Scott S. Cowen is Tulane University’s 14th president. He also holds joint appointments as the Seymour S. Goodman
Memorial Professor of Business in Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Professor of Economics in the Faculty
of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Cowen came to Tulane in 1998 from Case Western Reserve University where he was a
member of the faculty for 23 years and Dean and Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Management at its Weatherhead
School of Management for 14 years. Cowen is currently chair of the Conference USA Board of Directors and a member
of the Mayor’s National Film Advisory Board. In response to Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin
appointed Cowen to the city’s Bring New Orleans Back Commission and charged him with leading a subcommittee to
reform and rebuild the city’s failing public school system. Contact Cowen at Tulane University, 218 Gibson Hall, 6823
St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118-5684; (504) 865-5201; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Dayton, a representative in the Utah state legislature since 1996, recently won the Republican primary for a
state Senate seat. She has led efforts in Utah to oppose the federal No Child Left Behind law – sponsoring legislation that
aligns Utah’s education with the U.S. Constitution and the Utah State Constitution. As a state representative, she serves as
chair of the House Education Committee and as a member of the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee. Dayton
earned her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and worked for several years as a registered nurse. She also
has served as a once-a-week elementary classroom volunteer for 15 years. She has been a member of the board of trustees
for College of Eastern Utah for eight years, and served as county president and state board member of the Medical
Alliance, the service arm of the Utah Medical Association. Contact Dayton at Utah State Legislature, W030 State
Capitol Complex, Salt Lake City, UT 84114; (801) 221-0623; email@example.com.
Candace de Russy is a writer and lecturer on education and cultural issues. In 2004, she co-founded and became
chairman of Democracy Project and was named an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. She is a
member of the Committee on the Present Danger and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of
Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she was awarded the Air Force’s Exceptional Service Award. De Russy
serves as chair of the Ave Maria University Board of Regents, as a member of the board of trustees for the State
University of New York, as a member of the board of advisors for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, as
treasurer of the board of directors for the National Association of Scholars and as a member of the Trustees Council of the
American Council of Trustees and Alumni. De Russy is a regular contributor to National Review Online’s Phi Beta Cons,
and a contributing editor at Crisis magazine. De Russy holds a doctorate in French from Tulane University, a master’s
degree from Middlebury College’s Sorbonne, France-based program and a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s Dominican
College of New Orleans. Contact De Russy at 50 Hampshire Road, Bronxville, NY 10708; (914) 779-9607;
Arne Duncan is the chief executive officer for the Chicago public schools. Duncan came to the Chicago public schools in
1998 as deputy chief of staff for the chief executive officer after directing the Ariel Education Initiative for six years. Prior
to that, Duncan played professional basketball in Australia, where he also worked with children who were wards of the
state. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. Duncan currently serves
on the boards of the Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, The Children’s Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, Jobs
for America’s Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Scholarship Chicago and the South Side YMCA, among others. He
also serves on the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Contact
Duncan at Chicago Public Schools, 125 S. Clark Street, 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603; (773) 553-1550;
Scott Elliott is the education reporter at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, where he has worked since 1998. He covers
national, state and local education issues with a focus on school choice, testing and urban school reform and writes an
education blog called “Get on the Bus.” In 2004-05, he was the Knight Wallace Journalism Fellow in Education at the
University of Michigan. Elliott and his colleague, Mark Fisher, won the 2005 National Headliner Award for education
reporting for a series of stories about testing and No Child Left Behind. Elliott also is the author of Public Schools, Private
Markets: A Reporter’s Guide to Covering Privatization in Education, published in 2005 by the Education Writers
Association. Contact Elliott at Dayton Daily News, 45 S. Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH 45402; (937) 225-2485;
James L. “Jimmy” Fahrenholtz was recently elected to the Orleans Parish School Board. He also maintains a law
practice and has served as executive director of the Forum for Equality, a state-wide group dedicated to civil rights and
equality with a focus on gay, lesbian and trans-gender issues. He currently serves on the Mayor’s Master Plan Advisory
Committee, the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for Citizens with Disabilities, the United Services for AIDS Foundation’s
Board of Directors and is the immediate past chairman of Community Visions Unlimited. Prior to attending law school at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City in its joint degree program (he earned his BA in management of professional
corporations from Ottawa State University at the same time as he completed his JD), Fahrenholtz spent 20 years in the
paper and trucking industries. He also served as president of a labor union. Contact Fahrenholtz at New Orleans Public
Schools, 401 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70115; (504) 259-7495; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Feinberg is co-founder of the KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Foundation. Feinberg and Dave Levin
launched KIPP in 1994 for 50 fifth graders in Houston and established KIPP Academy Houston a year later. KIPP has
since grown into a network of 38 high-performing public schools serving 6,000 students in 14 states and the District of
Columbia. Feinberg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Teach for America alumnus. Feinberg has
been awarded the Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service from the city of Houston, the Crystal Award, the Seed
of Freedom Award by the Gulfton Area Neighborhood Organization (GANO), and the Heritage Foundation’s Salvatori
Prize for American Citizenship. Contact Feinberg at KIPP Foundation, 345 Spear Street, Suite 510, San Francisco,
CA, 94105; (415) 874-7377; email@example.com.
Kent Fischer covers the Dallas public schools at the Dallas Morning News. Over the past 10 years, Fischer has covered
education in New Hampshire, Kentucky, Florida and Texas. Prior to joining the Morning News, he covered education for
the St. Petersburg Times, where he won three National Awards for Education Reporting from EWA: one for feature
writing and two others for investigations into social promotion and corruption in Florida’s charter schools. Contact
Fischer at The Dallas Morning News, 508 Young Street, P.O. Box 655237, Dallas, TX, 75265; (214) 977-8317;
Richard A. Flanary is the director of National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Center for Principal
Development (NASSP). He is responsible for the design and delivery of leadership development programs for practicing
and aspiring school leaders as well as the development of the Breaking Ranks II and Breaking Ranks in the Middle
leadership development-training program. Flanary also serves as the chairman of the Educational Leadership Constituent
Council (ELCC) and as a member of the National Commission for the Advancement of Principal Preparation Programs.
Prior to coming to NASSP, Flanary served as director of the Southwestern Virginia Regional Assessment Center located
at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. Flanary also worked for 20 years in the
Prince William County, VA public schools as a teacher, a guidance director, an assistant principal and a middle level
principal. Contact Flanary at NASSP, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537; (703) 860-7294;
Robert M. Gates is the 22nd president of Texas A&M University. Prior to his appointment, Gates served as interim dean
of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. Gates has had a long career in the U.S.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He started as an intelligence professional in 1966, served as deputy director from 1986
to 1989, and then became director from 1991 to 1993. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the
Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three
times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is the author of the memoir, From the
Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, published in 1996. Contact
Gates at Texas A&M University, Office of the President, 1246 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-1246; (979) 845-
2217; attn: Sandy Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patti Ghezzi has been an education reporter at the Atlanta Journal Constitution since 1997. She covered the Gwinnett,
Clayton, Henry, DeKalb and Decatur school systems before moving to an at-large post in 2001. She now focuses on
statewide pre-k to12 issues and trends, the Atlanta public schools and private schools. Ghezzi graduated from University
of Massachusetts with a degree in journalism and then taught in Japan for a year. She recently earned a master’s degree
from Kennesaw State University. Ghezzi has been a volunteer at Whiteford Elementary School in southeast Atlanta for 10
years, tutoring children on Saturday mornings. Contact Ghezzi at Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 72 Marietta Street,
NW, Atlanta, GA 20202; (404) 526-2782; email@example.com.
David Glenn covers the social sciences for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he is a senior reporter. He has also
written for the Columbia Journalism Review, Dissent, Lingua Franca, The Nation and The New York Times Book Review.
Contact Glenn at The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20037;
(202) 466-1726; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natala (Tally) Hart is the director of student financial aid at Ohio State University, which has the largest financial aid
office and direct lending program in the country. Throughout her career in higher education, Hart has specialized in
automation of financial functions to provide more time for unique service to students. She has worked at the University of
California-San Diego, Indiana University, Purdue University, the College Board, and as executive director of the State
Student Assistance Commission of Indiana. Hart is a frequent speaker on access, diversity, and student debt. She has led
research on student loan defaults and is currently focusing on research about access to higher education. Contact Hart at
Office of Student Financial Aid, The Ohio State University, 154 W 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210; (614) 688-
5712 or 292-3600; email@example.com.
Thomas Henry was appointed special trustee to Compton Community College District when it recently lost its
accreditation. Henry, who has 34 years experience in public administration, is charged with creating a plan to keep the
college open and fully accredited. He previously served as the chief executive officer for California’s Fiscal Crisis
Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT), an agency that provides fiscal management assistance to local educational
agencies throughout the state. Henry also was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Education Excellence,
a non-partisan group that recommends steps to improve California’s public schools. Contact Henry at Compton
Community College, 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA, 90221; (415) 990-3807; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catherine Howanstine has been a pre-k and kindergarten teacher for 11 years in Calvert County, Maryland. She
currently teaches at St. Leonard Elementary School. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked as a classroom assistant. In
1995, she was among the first teachers in her state to use the Work Sampling System, an assessment program. She creates
training materials for the state, and also gives local and statewide workshops and speaks at national conferences. She
earned her bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and her master’s from the University of Maryland,
Baltimore County. Contact Howanstine at St. Leonard Elementary, 5370 St. Leonard Rd., St. Leonard, MD 20685;
(410) 535-7714; email@example.com.
Leslie Jacobs is an insurance executive who has been engaged in education reform for more than 20 years. A native of
New Orleans, she began as a business partner with an elementary school, then served as an elected member of the New
Orleans School Board. She also has been appointed by two governors to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Elementary
and Secondary Education. She has received numerous national and local honors, including the “Distinguished Service
Award” from the National Association of State Boards of Education in Washington, DC and the National Governor’s
Association Award for Distinguished Service to State Government. Contact Jacobs at PO Box 6960 Metairie, LA;
70009, (225) 342-5840; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Johnson has been chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans since 2004. Before coming to New
Orleans, he served as president of the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Johnson currently serves on Mayor Ray Nagin’s Bring New Orleans Back Commission as a member of the steering
committees for education, strategic healthcare issues, and economic development. He also chairs the commission’s
workforce subcommittee. Johnson is a member of the board of the American Council on Education (ACE), and is a
member of the Commission on Women of ACE and the Commission on Research of the American Association of
Community Colleges. Johnson earned a doctorate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s from Lehman
College, and a bachelor’s from Winston-Salem Sate University. Contact Johnson at Office of the Chancellor, Delgado
Community College, City Park Campus, 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119; (504) 361-6609;
Jason Kamras, a mathematics teacher at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Washington, DC, was named the 2005
National Teacher of the Year. After graduating from Princeton University, Kamras was placed as a teacher at Sousa
through Teach for America, a program that places recent college graduates in under-resourced urban and rural public
schools. Kamras taught sixth-grade mathematics for three years at Sousa and then left briefly to earn his master’s in
education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He returned to Sousa in 2000 and piloted a program to raise his
students’ math scores in which he split the math curriculum in half and gave every student two math teachers. He also
created the EXPOSE Program, in which students learn to use digital cameras as well as image-editing and DVD-creation
software to create autobiographical photo-essays about their lives and their communities. Contact Kamras at Sousa
Middle School, 37 Street Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC 20019; (202) 645-3170; email@example.com.
Darcy Kelley is a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University. She helped create a new cross-disciplinary
course called Frontiers of Science for all first-year students at Columbia College. Frontiers of Science aims to teach
college-level science as a cross-disciplinary effort and introduce both science and non-science students alike to analytical
tools used by scientists; the use of experiments to ask questions; and to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data.
Kelley graduated from Barnard College and received her doctorate from the Rockefeller University. She has been a
member of the Columbia faculty since 1981 and was named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2002. Kelley’s
research uses the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, to study the neurobiology of social communication, with the
goal of determining how one brain communicates with another and to study sexual differentiation. Contact Kelley at
Columbia University Biological Sciences, 913 Fairchild Center M.C. 2432, New York, NY 10027; (212) 854-5108;
Markus Kemmelmeier, a native of Germany, received his doctorate in social psychology from the University of
Michigan in 2001. Although a psychologist by training, he is currently an assistant professor in the Department of
Sociology at the University of Nevada where he contributes to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology.
He has published on a range of topics including culture and cultural differences, political ideology, inter-group biases and
decision making. Among others, he teaches a class on the Social Psychology of Education that addresses how students
and student outcomes are shaped by more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Contact Kemmelmeier at 304 Mack
Social Sciences, University of Nevada, Mail Stop 300; Reno, Nevada 89557, (775) 784-1287; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Klein is chancellor for the New York City Department of Education. As chancellor, Klein oversees a system of over
1,400 schools, 136,000 employees and a $14 billion budget. In partnership with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg,
Chancellor Klein launched “Children First,” a multi-year strategy aimed at significantly improving New York City’s
public school system. Formerly chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc, a media company, Klein served as Assistant
U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice until September 2000 and was
Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton from 1993-1995. He graduated from Columbia College and Harvard
Law School, both magna cum laude. Contact Klein at NYC Department of Education, 52 Chambers Street, New
York, NY, 10007; (212) 374-3408; email@example.com.
George Kuh is Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University, Bloomington. He directs the Center for
Postsecondary Research, the National Survey of Student Engagement, and the College Student Experiences Questionnaire
Research Program. At Indiana University, he served as chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Studies, associate dean for academic affairs and associate dean of the faculties for the Bloomington campus. Kuh has
published hundreds of articles on college student development, assessment strategies and campus cultures. In addition, he
has been a consultant to about 165 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and
abroad. Contact Kuh at Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University, Eigemann Hall, Suite 419, 1900
East 10th Street, Bloomington IN 47406-7512; (812) 856-5824; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catherine Scott-Little is assistant professor of human development and family studies at the School of Human and
Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She previously worked as the project director for
early childhood and expanded learning opportunities at SERVE’s Regional Education Laboratory in Greensboro and as
Head Start Deputy Director at the Day Care Association of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas. She has worked as a
consulting editor for the Early Childhood Research Quarterly and serves on the board of directors for Guilford Child
Development Services. She also has worked as an expert consultant in early childhood education with numerous state
governments. Contact Scott-Little at UNC-Greensboro, 150 Stone Building, Human Development and Family Studies
Department, Greensboro, NC, 27402; (336) 256-0132; email@example.com.
Thomas G. Linthicum, Jr. is president of TDL Group, Inc. a media consulting and training company in Alexandria,
Virginia, which conducted the 2002 and 2005 higher education media surveys and the 2006 pre-k media survey for EWA.
Linthicum also leads seminars on journalism and management for the American Press Institute, the Poynter Institute,
nternational Center for Journalists, state press associations and individual newspapers. He is a seminar associate at the
American Press Institute and an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Maryland. Linthicum is a 30-year
veteran of the newspaper industry as a reporter, editor and business executive. Contact him at TDL Group, Inc., 6321
Barrister Place, Alexandria, VA 22307; (703) 768-4459; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tom Luce is the assistant secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S.
Department of Education. Luce previously served as chief of staff of the Texas Select Committee of Public Education,
chairman of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, chief justice pro tempore of the Texas Supreme Court
and delegate to the Education Commission of the States. Luce is founder of Communities Just for the Kids, co-founder of
the National Center for Educational Accountability (NCEA) and sponsor of the Just for the Kids School Improvement
Model. He served as chairman of the board for NCEA and Just for the Kids from their inceptions until 2005. Luce has
authored Now or Never—How We Can Save Our Public Schools (1996), and Do What Works: How Proven Practices Can
Improve America’s Public Schools (2004). Luce received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Southern
Methodist University (SMU) and has been honored with the SMU Law School and University Distinguished Alumni
Awards. Contact Luce at the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202; (202) 260-7392; Thomas.Luce@ed.gov.
Linda Lutton is an award-winning Chicago-based journalist. She has been working as a freelance reporter in Michoacán,
Mexico, since July 2005. From 2003 to 2005 she worked as the lead education reporter for the Daily Southtown in
Chicago’s south suburbs. She covered trends and education stories from across 85 school districts and provided selective
coverage of the Chicago Public Schools. Her investigation into a corrupt school superintendent won a 2005 EWA First
Prize award for investigative journalism. The series of stories also won the 2005 Watchdog Award, the Chicago Headline
Club’s top award for public interest reporting in the Chicago media. Lutton is also the recipient of a 2004 Studs Terkel
Award, for her use of “unofficial sources” in reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Contact her at (312) 455-
Kathleen Mayer has been the principal of Carson School, a large, Hispanic elementary school on the southwest side of
Chicago, since 1991. Mayer also teaches part time in the UIC urban leadership program. Mayer has taught high school
and served as bilingual and reading lead teacher at the Carson School. She also was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in
Nicaragua. Mayer received a doctorate in curriculum from Loyola University in Chicago. During her career, she has
participated in educator exchanges with Japan, Germany, Spain, Italy and Uruguay. Contact Mayer at Rachel Carson
Elementary School, 5516 South Maplewood, Chicago, IL, 60629; (773) 535-9222; KPMayer@cps.k12.il.us.
Mary Beth Marklein has covered higher education for USA Today since 1997. Before that, she was a freelance writer,
contributing to the San Francisco Chronicle and Baltimore Sun, among other publications. She also taught journalism
courses at American University from 1990- 2000. In 2001, she took a sabbatical from the paper to study the impact of
technology on higher education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a bachelor’s degree in
journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1981, and a master’s in journalism and public affairs from
American University in 1988. Contact Marklein at USA Today, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108; (703)
Patricia McGuire has been president of Trinity University in Washington, D.C. since 1989. Before coming to Trinity,
McGuire was the assistant dean for Development and External Affairs for Georgetown University Law Center, where she
was also an adjunct professor of law teaching courses in tax exempt organizations. Earlier, she was project director for
Georgetown’s D.C. Street Law Project. She was also a legal affairs commentator for the award-winning CBS children’s
newsmagazine “30 Minutes” and the Fox Television program “Panorama” in Washington. McGuire earned her bachelor’s
degree cum laude from Trinity and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2000, McGuire was
appointed by D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and the D.C. Financial Control Board to a special term on the Education
Advisory Committee overseeing the D.C. public schools. Contact McGuire at Trinity University - President’s Office,
125 Michigan Avenue, N.E., Washington, DC 20017; (202) 884-9050; email@example.com.
Samuel Meisels is president of the Erikson Institute, a graduate school in child development. Before coming to Erikson,
Meisels was a professor of education and a research scientist at the University of Michigan for 21 years and still serves as
an emeritus professor and research scientist. He has been a preschool, kindergarten, and first grade teacher and has held
positions at Tufts University, where he served as director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School, and Boston Children’s
Hospital. Meisels’ research focuses on the development of alternative assessment strategies in infancy, early childhood,
and the elementary years; the impact of standardized tests on young children; and developmental consequences of high-
risk birth. He has published more than 150 articles, books, and monographs and is the co-author of The Handbook of
Early Childhood Intervention. Contact him at Erikson Institute, 420 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611; (312)
John Merrow is president of Learning Matters, a production company dedicated to covering education, and host of The
Merrow Report, the PBS documentary series on youth and learning. He is former education correspondent for the
MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour and creator of a long-running National Public Radio series, Options in Education. A former
high school, college and prison teacher, Merrow has a doctorate in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Contact him at Learning Matters, 6 East 32nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016; (212) 725-2433;
Charles Miller is chairman of the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education. He is the
former chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Miller has served as chairman of the Texas
Education Policy Center, which designed the public school accountability system for Texas. He also served as chairman
of the education committee of the Governor’s Business Council during then-Governor Bush’s term. Miller is chairman
emeritus of the board of directors of the Greater Houston Partnership. He has had a long career in investment
management and is a private investor in Houston, Texas. Contact Miller at Secretary of Education’s Commission on the
Future of Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-
3510; (713) 956-6699; CM494@aol.com.
Nancy Mitchell is an education reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado. She covers K-12 education
issues in suburban districts and reports on statewide school reform issues. Before joining the Rocky Mountain News, she
covered education for The Florida Times-Union. Mitchell has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Contact Mitchell at Rocky Mountain News, 100 Gene Amole Way, Denver, Colorado 80204; (303) 892-5245;
Ted Mitchell became chief executive officer of New Schools Venture Fund in the fall of 2005 after serving on the
NewSchools’ board of directors for seven years. During his term on the board, Mitchell served as president of Occidental
College. Prior to Occidental, he was vice president for education and strategic initiatives of the J. Paul Getty Trust, a
former deputy to the president at Stanford and vice chancellor at UCLA. Mitchell also is an education adviser to U.S.
Senator Dianne Feinstein. Mitchell graduated from Stanford with bachelor’s degrees in economics and history, as well as
a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in education. Contact Mitchell at NewSchools Venture Fund, 49 Stevenson
Street, Suite 575, San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 615-6860; TMitchell@newschoolsfund.org.
Steve Monaghan was first elected president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT) in 2003. Previously, he taught
English, speech, creative writing, and computer science in the Orleans and Jefferson Parish schools. He joined the state
staff of the LFT in 1988, and served as the executive director of organizing from 1992 to 1999. He became an AFT
national representative in June 1999, and directed AFT organizing projects with the United Federation of Teachers in East
Baton Rouge, Monroe and Calcasieu. He also has worked with Colorado Federation of Public Employees, the Wisconsin
Federation of Teachers and the New Mexico Federation of Teachers. Contact Monaghan at Louisiana Federation of
Teachers, 9623 Brookline Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70809; (225) 923-1037; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim O’Neill is the higher education reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Before moving to Dallas, O’Neill spent six
years covering higher education at the Philadelphia Inquirer where he produced a six-part series on the financial pressures
facing small private colleges. During this time, he also spent two years at the Inquirer’s statehouse bureau in Trenton,
New Jersey, where he covered education issues in the New Jersey legislature and then-Gov. Christie Whitman. He also
has worked at the Providence Journal where he covered the Providence school district and spent three years in the
Journal’s Washington bureau, covering the Rhode Island delegation (which still included Sen. Claiborne Pell of Pell grant
fame). O’Neill received his bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and his master’s degree from
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Contact O’Neill at The Dallas Morning News, 508 Young
Street, P.O. Box 655237, Dallas, TX, 75265; (214) 977-8486; email@example.com.
Mike Petrilli is vice president for national programs and policy at The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, where he
oversees the foundation’s research projects and publications, including The Education Gadfly. He also is research fellow
at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and executive editor of Education Next. Petrilli is author, with Frederick M.
Hess, of No Child Left Behind: A Primer. Prior to the Fordham Foundation, Petrilli served as an official with the U.S.
Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement where he oversaw discretionary grant programs and
helped lead the implementation of No Child Left Behind’s public school choice and supplemental services provisions.
Petrilli also has served as vice president of Community Partnerships at K12, an Internet education company. Petrilli holds
a bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a teaching certificate in high
school social studies. Contact Petrilli at The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1000,
Washington, DC 20006; (202) 223-5452; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kati Phillips is the education reporter at the Daily Southtown. She and colleague Linda Lutton received the 2005
Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting from the Chicago Headline Club for their work on the
“Reverse Robin Hood” series. Contact Phillips at Daily Southtown, 6901 W. 159th Street, Tinley Park, IL 60477;
(708) 633-5976; email@example.com.
Matthew Quirk is a staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly, where he reports on education and a variety of other subjects.
He graduated from Harvard University in 2003. Contact Quirk at The Atlantic Monthly, The Watergate, 600 NH Ave.,
NW, Washington, DC 20037; (202) 266-6000; MQuirk@theatlantic.com.
Kenneth E. Redd is director of research and policy analysis for the National Association of Student Financial Aid
Administrators (NASFAA). Redd provides research and data analysis on trends in financing of undergraduate and
graduate education, student enrollments, access and degree completion. Prior to joining NASFAA in 2000, Redd was
director of higher education research for the USA Group Foundation. Redd also has served in various research and policy
analysis positions for the National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities and the American Association
of State Colleges and Universities. Redd holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota and a
bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Tufts University. Contact Redd at National Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators, 1129 20th Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036-3453; (202) 785-
Lauren Morando Rhim is a faculty research associate in the Department of Special Education at the University of
Maryland, College Park and is currently directing Project Intersect, a federally funded research study investigating how
charter schools provide students with disabilities special education and related services. Her primary areas of research are
market-based reforms, school choice, and the inclusion of children with disabilities in these reform initiatives. She was
part of the research team for Project SEARCH and is currently a consultant to the SPEDTACS Project. Rhim holds a
doctorate in education policy from the University of Maryland College Park, a master’s degree from George Washington
University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. Contact Rhim at University of Maryland College of
Education, 1308 Benjamin Building, College Park, MD 20742; (301) 405-6494; firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Roberti is a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal, LLC and co-head of the firm’s public sector group. He
specializes in working with under-performing or troubled organizations by providing critical crisis management and
operational restructuring services. He brings more than 20 years of senior executive experience, including terms as chief
executive officer of Duck Head Apparel Company and Brooks Brothers. Roberti also has led innovative and highly
specialized turnaround assignments for government and public sector organizations. Roberti most recently served as the
interim superintendent of schools for the St. Louis Public School District where he led a critical operational, financial and
educational turnaround. Contact Roberti at Alvarez & Marshall, 3399 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA,
30326; (404) 260-4040; email@example.com.
Chris Rose graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982. After a stint as a staff writer at
the Washington Post, he joined The Times-Picayune as a crime reporter in 1984. Over the years, he has covered national
politics, economics, Southern regionalism, pop culture and New Orleans nightlife, traditions, lifestyles and entertainment.
In 2006, his coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina earned him recognition as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the
commentary category for his columns about the devastating psychic and emotional toll of the storm on the community.
Contact Rose at The Times-Picayune, 3800 Howard Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70125; (504) 352-2535;
Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute, a visiting professor at Teachers College,
Columbia University, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. From 1999 to 2002 he wrote a bi-weekly
column on education for The New York Times. He is the author of Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and
Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap, (Economic Policy Institute and Teachers College Press,
2004). His most recent book, co-authored with Martin Carnoy, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Lawrence Mishel, is The Charter
School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement. He is also the author of The Way We Were?
Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (Century Foundation Press, 1998) and co-author of All Else Equal:
Are Public and Private Schools Different? (Routledge Falmer, 2003). Contact Rothstein at Teachers College, Columbia
University, Box 211, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-4077; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Rubin has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times since 2003. For the past two years he has covered K-12
education for the paper and before that was a general assignment reporter, covering wildfires, trail derailments and the
general weirdness of life in Southern California. Rubin is currently assigned to cover the Los Angeles Unified School
District, the nation’s second largest public school system with about 727,000 students, 40,000 teachers and a $6.7 billion
operating budget. Before joining the Times, Rubin worked as a freelance photojournalist, based largely in Jakarta,
Indonesia. Contact Rubin at the Los Angeles Times, 202 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012; (213) 237-7825;
Deborah A. Santiago is the vice president for policy and research at Excelencia in Education, a group that aims to
accelerate higher education success for Latino students. Previously, she served as an analyst at the U.S. Department of
Education, where she led components of the department’s reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and as deputy
director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. She also has done work at the
K-12 level, serving as vice president for data and policy analysis at the Los Angeles County Alliance for Student
Achievement. In addition, she was Irvine Fellow at the Center on Educational Governance at the University of Southern
California, where she studied charter schools and developed a model of multiple measures of accountability. Santiago has
a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in urban affairs, and a doctorate degree in education policy. Contact
her at Excelencia in Education, 1752 N. St. NW 6th Floor, Washington D.C. 20036; (202) 778-8323;
Melissa Scallan received her bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from Louisiana State University. She has
worked at newspapers in Louisiana and Mississippi, including Town Talk in Alexandria, La. and News-Star in Monroe,
La. She has covered a variety of beats including politics, cops, courts, health and education. Currently she covers
elementary, secondary and higher education for The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss. She lives in Gulfport. Contact her at The
Sun Herald, 205 DeBuys Road, Gulfport, MS 39507; 228-896-0541; email@example.com.
Tanya Schevitz covers higher education for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she focuses on the University of
California as well as national education issues and trends. Schevitz came to the Chronicle in 1997, and has covered
everything from schools to cities to crime. On the higher education beat, she has been scrutinizing salary issues for years,
breaking stories about secret raises and hires by the University of California. Her awards include an honor from the
Education Writers Association for a story about teacher credentialing. She has taught newswriting and has been a writing
coach for college journalism students for nearly 10 years. Schevitz is a graduate of the University of California at
Berkeley. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Contact Schevitz at San Francisco
Chronicle, 901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 777-7154; firstname.lastname@example.org.
William Schmidt is a distinguished professor of educational psychology and measurement and quantitative methods and
co-director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University (MSU), as well as co-director of PROM/SE, a
collaborative effort to improve math and science education in K-12 that’s run out of MSU. He was the national project
coordinator and executive director of the center that oversees the participation of the United States in the Third
International Mathematics and Science Study sponsored by the International Association for Evaluation of Education
Achievement (IEA). He also serves on the steering committee for IEA. Contact Schmidt at Michigan State University,
461 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824; (517) 353-7755; email@example.com.
Gordy Slack has been writing about science, the environment, and evolutionary biology for 15 years. He writes for
Salon.com, Mother Jones, Wired, The Scientist, San Francisco Chronicle, Sierra, SS Beagle, and many other publications.
He is co-editor of Faith in Science (Routledge, 2002), a collection of interviews he and Phillip Clayton conducted with top
scientists who are also religious. Slack was a staff reporter at the Oakland Tribune and he worked for a decade as senior
editor at California Wild, the science and natural history magazine published by the California Academy of Sciences. He
wrote an environmental column for California Wild called Habitats. He is a regular commentator on KQED Radio’s
Perspectives series. Slack is currently writing a book about the intelligent design movement and the 2005 trial in Dover,
Pa., which he covered for Salon.com. Contact Slack at (510) 268-8071; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Slavin is co-director of the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk at Johns Hopkins
University and chairman of the Success for All Foundation. Slavin has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles and
15 books, including Educational Psychology: Theory into Practice (Allyn & Bacon, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997),
School and Classroom Organization (Erlbaum, 1989), and Show Me the Evidence: Proven and Promising Programs for
America’s Schools (Corwin, 1998). He has received many awards including the James Bryant Conant Award from the
Education Commission of the States and the Outstanding Educator award from the Horace Mann League. Slavin earned
his doctorate in social relations from Johns Hopkins University. Contact Slavin at Johns Hopkins University, Center for
Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, 3003 North Charles Street, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD,
21218; (410) 516-8800; email@example.com.
Jeffrey S. Solochek is an education reporter for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where he has worked since 2000.
During the past year, Solochek has been the paper’s lead reporter in covering the creation and implementation of a
statewide voluntary pre-kindergarten program. He also has been a member of the reporting team that covers the
Hillsborough County school district, which is the country’s ninth-largest district. Solochek has been an education reporter
since 1990. Contact Solochek at St. Petersburg Times, 14358-B N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618; (813)
Michael S. Teitelbaum is a demographer at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York. He was educated at Reed
College and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He previously served as a faculty member at Oxford
University and Princeton University. He also has been the staff director of the Select Committee on Population with the
U.S. House of Representatives and a staff member for the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace. He was one of 12 commissioners of the U.S. Commission for the Study of International Migration and Cooperative
Economic Development (1988-90) and was appointed by the U.S. Congress as one of nine Commissioners of the U.S.
Commission on Immigration Reform. Teitelbaum is a regular speaker and writer on the subjects of demographic change
and immigration. Contact Teitelbaum at Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2550, New York, NY
10111; (212) 649-1649; Teitelbaum@sloan.org.
Joseph Torgesen holds the Russell and Eugenia Morcom Chair of Psychology and Education at Florida State University.
He also serves as the director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. He has been conducting research with children
who have learning problems for over 30 years, and is the author of more than 170 articles, book chapters, books, and tests
related to reading and learning disabilities. For the last four years, he has been working to assist schools in the Reading
First program to more effectively prevent early reading difficulties. He also was recently appointed by President Bush to
serve on the National Board of Education. Contact Torgesen at Florida Center for Reading Research, City Centre
Building, 227 N. Bronough St., Suite 7250, Tallahassee, FL, 32301; (850) 644-9352; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheri Pierson Yecke was named chancellor of K-12 education for the state of Florida in September 2005. Prior to her
appointment, she served as the commissioner of education for Minnesota and director of teacher quality and public school
choice at the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as deputy secretary of education and secretary of education
for Virginia, and as a member of the Virginia State Board of Education. Yecke received a bachelor’s degree in history
from the University of Hawaii, a master’s in teaching from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in educational
psychology with an emphasis in gifted education from the University of Virginia. Yecke is the author of The War Against
Excellence: The Rising Tide of Mediocrity in America’s Middle Schools (2003) and Mayhem in the Middle: How Middle
Schools Have Failed America and How to Make Them Work (2005). Contact Yecke at Florida Department of
Education, Office of the Chancellor, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 514, Tallahassee, FL 32399; (850) 245-0509;
Holly Yettick is a doctoral student in the Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice concentration at the School
of Education at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She covered public schools at the Rocky Mountain News for
six years before entering the program. Aside for brief stints writing features and covering city government, she
spent most of her 11-year journalism career covering education. Before joining the Rocky Mountain News, she worked for
the Orlando Sentinel, the Montgomery Advertiser and two small papers in south Florida. Yettick has a bachelor’s degree
in literature from Yale University. She was a 2004 Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor. Contact Yettick at 410 Marion St., Denver, CO 80218; (303) 837-8394;