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Wednesday, July 26 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
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Linda Beitz

Pre-Engagement Coordinator, SWIFT Education Center
Linda has worked with the SWIFT Education Center since its inception in 2012. She currently serves on the Center’s State Education Agency and Capacity Team and as a Pre-Engagement Coordinator for potential partners. Linda’s professional experience crosses multiple sectors, in... Read More →
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Matt Coleman

Executive Director, Chief Academic Officer, EPIC - Educational Policy Improvement Center
Matt Coleman, DEd, has worked at every level of the secondary education system, from educational assistant to assistant superintendent. As assistant superintendent in Springfield Public Schools, he led and supported high school reform efforts that increased cohort graduation rates, decreased dropout rates, increased enrollment in advanced programs, and significantly reduced the disparities in achievement between different cultural groups. In 2014, Matt took on the role of Executive Director at EPIC in order to work alongside district and school leaders nationally to promote and support systemic secondary school change. Over the past two years, under... Read More →
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Winnie Dunn

Distinguished Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Missouri
Dr. Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Missouri. She wrote definitive texts for OT about serving children in schools and other community settings and about applying research to practice based on her extensive experience in school settings... Read More →
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Bill East

Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
Theron (Bill) East, Ed.D. Dr. East began his work at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) in 1998 as Deputy Executive Director and was appointed Executive Director a year later. Previous to this national organization role, Dr. East served in s... Read More →
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Carmen Gelman

Director, EPIC School Partnerships, EPIC - Educational Policy Improvement Center
Carmen lived in Mexico for eight years before returning to the United States as an ELL student at the age of nine, giving her a unique understanding of what it feels like to be thrown into a system that did not really know how to support her needs. As a teenager she was an at-ris... Read More →
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Kathleen Lynne Lane

Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas
Kathleen Lynne Lane, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lane served as a classroom teacher of general and special education students for five years and a Program Specialists for two years. Dr... Read More →
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Amy McCart

Co-Director, SWIFT Education Center
Dr. McCart's current professional responsibilities include working with a collaborative team providing leadership, guidance, and development in the areas of inclusive education, school improvement, and community school approaches to students, families and research partners. She i... Read More →
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Katie Novak

Assistant Superintendent, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District​, Massachusetts
Internationally renowned education consultant, author on the subject of Universal Design for Learning and an assistant superintendent of schools in Massachusetts
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Christine Olmstead

Associate Superintendent, Instructional Services, Orange County Department of Education
Dr. Christine Olmsttead has served in a variety of eduation roles including instructional classroom assistant, classroom teacher, site leader, and district level administrator. In 2012, Christine joined the Orange County Department of Education where she currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Instruction overseeing STEM, Humanities, Learning Support Services, Early Childhood Education, Expanded Learning Programs, the Institute for Leadership Development, LCAP, and the 30 million dollar SUMS inititiative that is providing technical assistance to districts around creating a comprehensive MTSS framework. She is a firm believer in professional learning and serves on a variety of statewide committees that focus on educator... Read More →
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Wayne Sailor

Director, SWIFT Education Center
Dr. Wayne Sailor’s academic pursuits are focused on comprehensive school reform at the elementary and middle school levels. He has done extensive research within the framework of multi-tiered systems of support and response to intervention (MTSS/RTI). Much of this research has been concentrated on schoolwide applications of positive behavior interventions and support. He developed a school reform model called the Schoolwide Applications Model (SAM) which was field tested in Kansas City, Kansas, New Orleans, Louisiana, East Palo Alto, California, and most recently in Washington, DC schools. The success of that school turnaround model led to Dr. Sailor and his colleagues winning the competition to establish the National Center on Schoolwide Inclusive School Reform funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). As a result Dr. Sailor now directs the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) Center at the University of Kansas. This Center provides technical assistance to 64 schools nation-wide spread across 16 school districts within five states. As one of the founders of the Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH) he has served as a member of its Board of Directors and was President of the organization over a four year span. Dr... Read More →
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Michael Yudin

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education under the Obama Administration.

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