Critical Perspectives

  • Barbara Dezmond - Barbara Dezmond is employed as Assistant to the Superintendent for Equity and Assurance in Baltimore County Public Schools. She also is currently a commissioner on the Maryland State Human Relations Commission and chairs the Maryland State Department of Education's Achievement Initiative for Maryland's Minority Students (AIMMS) Steering Committee. Dezmond's work experiences include classroom teacher; staff development; school administration; parent, community, and business relations; multicultural education, and communications.
  • Carol Tomlinson - Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the University of Virginia, provides an overview of and rationale for differentiating instruction in the classroom.
  • Carol Tomlinson - Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy, University of Virginia, reflects upon the challenges and opportunities surrounding gifted education.
  • Christine Beard - Christine Beard is a media specialist and Vice President of the Teachers' Association of Baltimore County, Maryland. In these segments she presents her perspective on the classroom realities of the No Child Left Behind legislation, accountability, and remediation.
  • Daniel Domenech - Daniel Domenech, Former Superintendent of Schools in Fairfax County, Virginia, reflects on a childhood spent in Cuba. Dr. Domenech also shares his thoughts on the changes that he has observed in this island neighbor to our south.
  • Daniel Duke - Professor of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Dawn Hendrick - Assistant Principal, Mount Eagle Elementary
  • Deborah Drown - National Distinguished Principal Gorman Crossing Elementary School Howard County School District Laurel, Maryland
  • Dorothy Hardin - Dorothy Hardin, President, Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals, reflects on assessment approaches and the effective use of data to drive instruction.
  • Eric Wee - As a writer for the Washington Post, Eric Wee covers educational stories. In this perspective, Mr. Wee sheds some light on how the teachers and administrators might meet Mr. Beecham's goals for the newspaper, as well as make it an educationally sound endeavor.
  • Evelyne Barker - ESOL and Title III Program Manager for Georgia Department of Education
  • Gabriel Benn - Director of Arts and Education, Rock Creek Academy
  • Gloria Guzman - Throughout her career Gloria Guzman has worked to involve families and community members in supporting student learning. She currently coaches new principals as part of the NYC Leadership Academy.
  • Greta Morine-Dershimer - Emeritus Professor of the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
  • H. Lynn Erickson - H. Lynn Erickson has worked as a teacher, a principal, and a curriculum director. As a nationally recognized curriculum design consultant, Dr. Erickson has instructed thousands of educators across the United States on concept-based curriculum.
  • Karen Osterman - Karen Osterman, Professor and Chair in the Foundations, Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Hofstra University's School of Education, comments on reflective practice.
  • Megan Tschannen-Moran - Megan Tschannen-Moran, Wakefield Distinguished Associate Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, explains the significance of trust to creating a positive learning environment.
  • Mitsuko Clemmons-Nazeer - Human Resources Manager for Elementary Schools, Albemarle County Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Nancy Hertzog - Nancy Hertzog is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also the Director of the University Primary School Early Childhood Research Institute.
  • Nancy Null - Nancy Null, Cisco Instructor at Sollers Point Technical High School n Maryland, describes her work with students enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy program.
  • Pamela Jones - Principal of JEB Stuart High School, Fairfax, VA describes her school’s literacy initiative and its impact.
  • Pamela Tucker - Associate Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
  • Peg Miller - Peg Miller, Professor of Education, University of Virginia
  • Peggy Cuevas - Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching Learning, Reading and Science Education, University of Miami
  • Peter Noonan - Fairfax County Public School's Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
  • Ron Sofo - Superintendent of Freedom Area School District
  • Sandra Kaplan - Sandra Kaplan is an Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction at the University of Southern California. She is also a consultant for several state departments and school districts nationwide on the topics of education for gifted students, differentiated curriculum in depth and complexity, and thematic interdisciplinarity.
  • Susan Allan - Susan Allan is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction of Grosse Pointe (MI) Public Schools.
  • William Blanton - Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami
  • William H. Schmidt - William H. Schmidt, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and co-director of the Education Policy Center, co-director of the US China Center for Research and co-director of the NSF PROM/SE project describes challenges and benefits of creating a coherent mathematics curriculum.
  • William Raspberry - William Raspberry is a Pulitzer-Prize winning syndicated columnist for The Washington Post and the Knight Professor of the Practice of Communications and Journalism at the DeWitt Wallace Center and the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University. He teaches public policy courses on the history and impact of equal opportunity and affirmative action; on the effect of socio-economic changes on families, children and communities; on the ways citizens seek political power; and on the press and the public interest. Mr. Raspberry, who continues to write for The Post, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his commentaries on crime, AIDS, the Nation of Islam and violent rap lyrics. He has won numerous other journalistic awards and more than a dozen honorary degrees, including one from Duke in 1993.
  • William Wilen - William Wilen, Professor Emeritus of Education at Kent State University and author of Dynamics of Effective Secondary Teaching, presents an overview of classroom questioning as a teaching technique to stimulate student thinking.