John Edgar Wideman is Asa Messer Professor and Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts. Wideman is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the O. Henry Award, the American Book Award for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He was the first individual to win the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction twice. His articles on Malcolm X, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Emmett Till, and Thelonius Monk have appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, Esquire, Emerge, and the New York Times Magazine. Wideman is also subject of the text, Conversations with John Edgar Wideman, a collection of nineteen interviews spanning three decades.
David T. Conley is the founder and president of EdImagine Strategy Group, which is dedicated to helping educational organizations improve their effectiveness and hone their strategic direction. He is also a professor of educational policy and leadership at the University of Oregon, where he founded and directs the Center for Educational Policy Research. He is the founder and former CEO of the Educational Policy Improvement Center, which he led for 12 years.
Dr. Conley is a leading thinker in the area of college and career readiness. He researches and writes extensively on the topic, including his most recent book, Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know. Much of his recent work is focused on how to create systems designed to ensure that schools prepare students for postsecondary success.
Conley spent twenty years in public education as a teacher, central office administrator, and state education department executive. Dr. Conley serves on numerous technical advisory panels. He co-chaired the Common Core State Standards Validation Committee and is a member of the Smarter Balanced Technical Advisory Committee.
More information on David Conley: Publications & Research, Project Information Interview with David Conley: Deconstructing College Readiness, and his keynote address on "The Complexity of College and Career Readiness" at the National High School Center's College and Career Readiness Symposium.
Christian Schunn is a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center and a Professor of Psychology, Learning Sciences and Policy, and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Fellow of AAAS and the American Psychological Association, and the current Chair of the Executive of the International Society for Design & Development in Education. He directs the Peerceptiv (formerly known as SWoRD), a web-based system for using peer-review to advance writing to learn and learning to write in K-12 and universities. He has also studied academic peer review, and peer exchange of teaching resources via the web.
Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as "the Godfather behind creative nonfiction," is the founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, and editor of more than 25 books. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.
Joan Countryman is the former Head of Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, a position she held for 12 years until her retirement in 2005. From August 2006 until March 2007 Joan Countryman was a consultant and Interim Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. From August 2007 until June 2008 Countryman led the Atlanta Girls' School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, Countryman had served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993. Joan's approach to teaching and learning mathematics is described by William Zinsser in a chapter of his book, Writing to Learn. Her own publications include a book on writing in mathematics titled, Writing to Learn Mathematics.
In 2013, David Coleman, current president of the College Board, was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. Coleman is often described “the architect” of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Along with Jason Zimba and Sue Pimental, Coleman played a lead role in developing the Common Core State Standards in math and literacy. Coleman is the former CEO of Student Achievement Partners. He and Zimba also founded the Grow Network—acquired by McGraw-Hill in 2005—with the mission of making assessment results truly useful to teachers, school leaders, parents, and students.
David spent 5 years at McKinsey & Company, where his work focused on health care, financial institutions, and pro bono service to education. He is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Yale University, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.