About Kay and her Associates

Kay Burke

Kay Burke

Kay Burke, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida Atlantic University, her Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida, her Specialist Degree from Emory University, her doctorate from Georgia State University, and her administrative certification from the University of Georgia. Her dissertation focused on helping students improve their performance on standardized tests. She taught English at the high school and college level, and also served as an administrator. Kay was named DeKalb County’s Teacher of the Year, was a semifinalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year, and was a STAR Teacher for Redan High School and for Georgia. She received the Distinguished Georgia Educator Award from Georgia State University and a Certificate of Excellence Award from President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Kay was also a member of the Southern Regional Council of the College Board and the director of the Field-Based Master’s Degree Program cosponsored by Saint Xavier University and IRI SkyLight in Illinois. She is an expert commentator for five online courses used by several graduate degree programs. The courses focus on assessment, classroom management, professional portfolios, student portfolios, and mentoring.

For the past 19 years Kay has facilitated professional development workshops for teachers and administrators, delivered keynote addresses, and presented at conferences sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD); Learning Forward (formerly NSDC); the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP); the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); the National Middle School Association (NMSA); the International Reading Association (IRA); Ron Nash & Associates, Inc. and Solution Tree; as well as international conferences in Canada and Australia.

Dr. Burke has written and edited numerous books in the areas of standards-based learning, performance assessment, classroom management, mentoring, and portfolios. She is a co-author (Musial, Nieminen, Thomas, & Burke) of Foundations of Meaningful Educational Assessment (2009) published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Some of her other books include How to Assess Authentic Learning, 5th ed (2010); What to Do with the Kid Who...: Developing Cooperation, Self-Discipline and Responsibility in the Classroom, 3rd ed. (2008); and The Portfolio Connection: Student Work Linked to Standards, 3rd ed. (2008) (all published by Corwin Press). Her best-selling book From Standards to Rubrics in Six-Steps: Tools for Assessing Student Learning (Corwin Press), was named a 2011 finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers in the field of Assessment. Kay is also the author of the best-selling Balanced Assessment: From Formative to Summative (Solution Tree) and the co-author (Eileen Depka) of Formative Assessment in the RTI Framework published in 2011 for Solution Tree Press.

Kay's most recent work involves an online course with CEUs on Assessment and The Common Core Standards based upon her Balanced Assessment book and created by Knowledge Delivery System (KDS) and Solution Tree.

Eileen Depka

Eileen Depka

Eileen Depka is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the School District of New Berlin, Wisconsin. Eileen coordinates curriculum, instruction, assessment, continuous improvement planning,Response to Intervention,and other facets of those component important to student learning. In addition, she provides professional development for K–12 administrators and teachers. Eileen has taught all subjects at the elementary and middle levels, and she has also taught graduate-level courses. As a consultant, she has worked with schools and districts across the country, focusing on topics including assessment, grading and reporting, rubrics, continuous improvement, and data collection. Since 1998, Eileen has presented at the local, state, and national levels.

Eileen has been featured in and consulted on educational videos, and she has written online courses. She is the author of Designing Rubrics for Mathematics, Designing Assessment for Mathematics, and The Data Guidebook for Teachers and Leaders: Tools for Continuous Improvement. She is the co-author of Formative Assessment in the RTI Framework. Eileen is a board member for the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and National Staff Development Council.

Eileen earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin as well as a master’s and doctoral degree from Cardinal Stritch University.

Ron Nash

Ron Nash

Ron Nash is an educational consultant who works with teachers and administrators on classroom management and student engagement strategies. Ron’s first book, The Active Classroom (2008), is a Corwin Press bestseller. His second Corwin book, The Active Teacher, was released in June 2009, and The Active Mentor which was published in February 2010. Visit Ron’s web site at www.ronnashandassociates.com for information about Ron's workshops and books as well as upcoming events sponsored by his company.

Ron’s workshops are highly interactive, and in the course of a five-hour session he will model over three-dozen specific engagement strategies teachers can use immediately in the classroom. Ron will have participants moving, sharing, laughing, and learning for the entire time. Ron’s high-energy workshops will engage participants; if you plan to bring him to your school or district, tell your teachers to lace up their sneakers and get ready to rock.

This was the best workshop I have EVER attended!

Dawn Carter, Augusta County (Virginia) Teacher

Your three-hour presentation was fabulous! When teachers give a standing ovation, this is the kind of program that will impact their daily teaching repertoire. Yours is an in-service that impacts how teachers engage students.

Patsy Slaughter, Virginia Beach Elementary Principal

Visit Ron’s web site to get more information about bringing him to your school or district, or email him for details.

Susan Belgrad

Susan Belgrad

Susan Belgrad, Ed.D is an award-winning professor of education at California State University Northridge. Her graduate courses as well as her professional development workshops focus on creating engaged learning communities at all levels of schooling through differentiated learning and assessment activities that promote student voice. Susan is co-author with Kay Burke and Robin Fogarty of The Portfolio Connection: Student Work to Linked to Standards. She leads school-based workshops and on-site training on how to create student-centered, standards-based classrooms; performance assessment; portfolios and eportfolios; classroom management; and mentoring. Susan has presented at many national and international conferences and consulted in schools, districts, and state departments of education.

She also assists teachers in developing effective and reflective practices that support successful achievement of National Board Certification. You can contact Susan through her web site or by email.

Chris Jaeggi

Chris Jaeggi

Chris Jaeggi’s experience includes classroom teaching at the middle and high school levels in language arts and reading. In addition, Chris has worked for educational publishers and professional development companies to create programs and materials for students and teachers. She has worked with all levels (K-12) and in all areas of the curriculum.

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in reading. She has worked for major publishing companies with teams that have developed reading, language arts, spelling, math, science, and social studies programs. Her work within the field of professional development includes programs in literacy, assessment, classroom management, mentoring and coaching, and leadership.

This range of experience in teaching, product development, and consulting has given Chris a perspective that allows her to more fully address the needs of students, teachers, and administrators.

Julie Davis

Julie Davis

Julie Davis, Ed.D, has had a rich and varied career in education. Julie earned her bachelor's degree at North Park University in Chicago and began teaching in the Chicago area. After relocating to Columbus, Ohio, she served as a teacher and then a Teacher Leader in the Gahanna-Jefferson (OH) school district. Returning to school, she earned a Master's degree in Educational Theory and Practice at Ohio State University and then went on to gain administrative certification from Ashland University. Davis followed that up with postgraduate work at Nova Southeastern University , where she was awarded a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership.

Although she has been both a teacher and a principal, during much of Dr. Davis's career her role has been that of educating educators. Julie has served as development director for the Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Team, which provides support and professional development to educators in 46 school districts in the Columbus, Ohio area. Currently, Julie is the Executive Director of the Ohio Associaton of Elementary School Administrators, serving over 2000 members in Ohio. She also directs the work of the Standards Aligned Instructional Leadership (SAIL), an Ohio-based professional development program for school principals and teacher leaders. SAIL was launched in 2003 with the goal of providing professional development to both entry-year and experienced school principals in Ohio. Julie has also inaugurated SAIL for Teacher Leadership, which extends SAIL services beyond school administrative ranks by tailoring a program for classroom teachers. All SAIL programs' coursework may be articulated toward an Ed.D. or Ph.D. at Concordia University, Chicago, IL. Julie is also a certified, national trainer for the Downey Classroom Walk-Through trainings.

Bill Davis

Bill Davis

Bill Davis has over thirty years experience in education. Bill has been an elementary teacher, a building principal, and staff development coordinator while serving in three central Ohio school districts. Bill is a certified trainer in Baldrige, Ventures for Excellence, and is a national Downey Classroom Walk-Through trainer. He has been active in the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators both as a member and an educational consultant in the Standards Aligned Instructional Leadership Program.

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