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Educational Research: Guiding the Way Forward

2023 Conference Keynotes

Shane Safir

For more than 20 years, Shane has worked at every level of the education system – from the classroom to the boardroom – bringing passion, skill, and unique solutions to the challenge of school transformation and the promise of educational opportunity for every child.

An innovator at heart, with a rare combination of leadership and instructional expertise, Shane’s voice resonates with educators who want to reinvent their schools and organizations into places of equitable learning. She is a frequent contributor to Edutopia and ASCD’s Educational Leadership and her articles have been used in several curricula. She is the author of The Listening Leader: Creating the Conditions for Equitable School Transformation (Jossey-Bass, 2017), which through powerful stories and practical tools shows how educational leaders can leverage the vital, yet often overlooked, skill of listening to transform their schools. Shane’s second book, co-written with Dr. Jamila Dugan, is Street Data: A Next-Generation Model for Equity, Pedagogy, and School Transformation (Corwin, 2021).

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Sue Lottridge

Sue Lottridge is a Chief Scientist of Natural Language Applications at Cambium Assessment, Inc. She has a Ph.D. in Assessment and Measurement from James Madison University and Masters’ degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In this role, she leads CAI’s machine learning and scoring team on the research, development, and operation of CAI’s automated scoring and feedback software. Dr. Lottridge has worked in automated scoring for fifteen years and has contributed to the design, research, and use of multiple automated scoring engines including equation scoring, essay scoring, short answer scoring, speech scoring, crisis alert detection, and essay feedback.

This keynote session will provide an overview of generative AI tools and considerations around their use and potential impacts in K-12 assessment. 

Dr. John Hodge

Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner-city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center.
An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

What sets Dr. John W. Hodge apart in the field of education is his well-documented ability to put research and theory into everyday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. Dr. Hodge has helped educators in elementary, middle and high schools make the necessary changes to help all children meet and exceed rigorous academic standards. He is truly one of America's most respected new voices in education. Prior to starting his career in education, Dr. Hodge distinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th Infantry Division of the United States Army. He is known as a master teacher and staff developer.

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