Louis Danielson, PhD, is a managing director at American Institutes for Research, where he serves as co-director of the National Center on Intensive Intervention, a senior advisor for the National Center for Systemic Improvement and the lead for multiple state and federal projects. Dr. Danielson has extensive experience in intensive intervention assessment, IEP development and implementation, and special education policy.
Evergreen Evaluation & Consulting, Inc. (EEC) is a woman-owned firm located near Burlington, Vermont, founded in 1990 by Dr. Patricia Mueller. EEC consultants and associates have extensive experience in developing evaluation strategies and methodologies designed to provide formative and summative feedback to project managers, program personnel, clients and end users, and other key stakeholders.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials. Its goal is to provide an equitable education to every child by focusing on six specific areas: (1) implementing high expectations for each student, (2) creating multiple pathways for student success, (3) providing high-quality instruction and educational support, (4) continuously improving schools for each student, (5) leading effective state agencies, and (6) providing a strategic and supportive CCSSO. CCSSO staff, Dr.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) aims to improve the lives of children with learning and attention issues by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. Founded in 1977, NCLD is an organization that provides leadership, public awareness, and grants to support research and innovative practices in learning disabilities.
Dr. Donna Sacco is a technical assistance provider for the PROGRESS Center. For almost twenty years, Dr. Sacco has worked at the national, state, and local levels in special education and English as a Second Language (ESL). Most recently, she was a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). Dr. Sacco was a special educator in Arlington, Virginia for twelve years. She is certified in special education, English as a second language, and theatre, and achieved National Board Certification.
Lauren Rosenbauer engages stakeholders and provides team-based communication to ensure effective coordination of dissemination efforts. She also supports logistics and coordination of partner site collaboration. Ms. Rosenbauer has worked on several national projects related to the special education field, including the National Center on Intensive Intervention, Lead for Literacy, and the MTSS Center at AIR.
Dr. Kathleen Pfannenstiel serves as the private school liaison for the PROGRESS center and has expertise in special education, MTSS, evidence-based practices, and continuous improvement. Dr.
Dr. Stacia J. Rush serves as a technical assistance provider for the PROGRESS Center. At AIR, she has served in various technical assistance and product development roles on the Access Center, National High School Center, National Center on Response to Intervention, National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, CEEDAR Center, and the National Center for Systemic Improvement, as well as numerous state special education curriculum and MTSS review projects. Before joining AIR, Dr.
Lois Kimmel is a technical assistance provider for the PROGRESS Center, where she supports the development and dissemination of universal technical assistance products and intensive technical assistance. In addition to her role for the PROGRESS Center, she focuses on building the capacity of teachers, leaders, faculty, and policymakers to implement evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
Dr. Stephanie Jackson provides quality assurance for all PROGRESS Center products and activities. Dr. Jackson has more than 35 years of experience in a variety of educational environments, including general and special education settings, magnet schools, charter schools, and higher education. She has been recognized for her educational leadership in schools and her practical and realistic perspectives to foster the learning of all students, including students with disabilities. For the last 15 years, Dr.