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    Dawn Wilson

    Dawn Wilson is a lead coach for the Learning Forward Academy who has served in a variety of district and school roles including teacher, instructional coach, director of curriculum and instruction, director of testing and evaluation, director of instructional technology and executive director of professional learning. Follow her on Twitter: @wilsondvf.

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    DeNelle West

    DeNelle West is the director of staff development for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwanee, Ga., the largest school system in the state of Georgia with over 170,000 students and 22,000 employees. In her role, DeNelle works to impact student learning by supporting teachers and leaders as they hone their craft. She focuses on identifying the right data to select the appropriate entry point for coaching and other learning designs to support professional growth.

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    Frederick Brown

    Frederick Brown is Learning Forward's deputy executive director. Prior to joining Learning Forward, he has guided the work of several major education organizations. His expertise is grounded in real-world experience as an elementary school teacher and principal. Over the past 15 years, Brown has been a leader in designing and facilitating cutting-edge learning experiences for school and district administrators on topics such as cultural competence, leadership, and professional learning communities. Follow him on Twitter: @fbrownlf 

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    Laurie Calvert

    Laurie Calvert is the education policy advisor for Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future.

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    Lisa Casto

    Lisa Casto has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal and currently serves as director of curriculum and staff development in Allen ISD in Allen, Texas. She is a Learning Forward Academy graduate and served as coach of academy 2010 and 2014. She is a former board member and president of Learning Forward Texas. Follow her on Twitter: @CastoLisa

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    Michael Murphy

    Michael Murphy is a senior consultant for Learning Forward and an educational coach and consultant. He has 37 years of educational experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and acting superintendent in public schools. His coaching and consulting experience has been among urban, suburban, and rural school districts across the country. In addition, he has 14 years of experience as an adjunct professor and executive lecturer at the University of North Texas. Murphy has authored two recent books on leadership and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. Formerly, he was the director of programs for the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward).

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  • Shirley Hord

    Shirley Hord

    Shirley Hord, Learning Forward's Scholar Laureate, provides content expertise through consulting, writing, and presentations. Her achievements as an educator, researcher, international consultant, and author have made her a true pioneer of professional learning. Her 57-year career includes notable research efforts on the change process such as Concerns-Based Adoption Model, NSDC Standards, Innovation Configuration Maps, and Professional Learning Communities. 

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    Stephanie Hirsh

    Stephanie Hirsh is executive director of Learning Forward. Before her appointment as executive director, she served the association as deputy executive director for 18 years. Hirsh advises governors, legislators, state and local superintendents, foundation leaders, and other policymakers on improving student learning through effective professional learning and school improvement. She also presents, publishes, and consults on Learning Forward’s behalf across North America. Follow her on Twitter: @HirshLF

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  • TracyCrow

    Tracy Crow

    Tracy Crow is director of communications for Learning Forward.

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