Margaret Searle is the founder of Searle Enterprises, a consultant group working in the areas of collaboration, problem-solving, and innovative teaching techniques. She regularly presents at conferences nationally and works with individual school districts to develop and implement continuous improvement plans. She has taught in all grades from kindergarten through 8th grade. Her background also includes serving as a Title I director, a middle school principal, an elementary principal, and a K-12 supervisor. She served as president of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators and was as an education advisor to President George H. W. Bush.
Searle is the author of the Ohio Department of Education's Standards-Based Instruction for All Learners: A Treasure Chest for Principal-led Building Teams (2004), a how-to book on differentiation, inclusion, and collaborative problem-solving. Her second book, What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do: Building a Pyramid of Interventions (2007), describes a step-by-step method for diagnosing causes of troublesome issues and provides guidelines for actively involving parents and students in problem-solving. Her third book, Response to Intervention: What Every School Leader Needs To Know About RTI (2010) and the companion DVD on secondary school RTI interventions are practical guides for teachers and administrators who want to build a culture of data-driven decision making supported by research-based interventions. Causes and Cures in the Classroom: Getting to the Root of Academic and Behavior Problems (2013) reveals new neurological research about how underdeveloped executive function skills can cause poor behavior and achievement and gives specific strategies for addressing these problems. Searle's most recent book, Teacher Teamwork: How Do We Make It Work? shows how to build productive teams and intentionally create an environment of professional engagement in your school.
Joan A. Love
Joan Love taught for thirty years in various schools and grade levels in northwest Ohio. For the past ten years, she has been an adjunct professor for the University of Findlay, Toledo University, Ashland University, and Owens Community College. With particular expertise in technology, Joan has served as a district Technology System Operator, was a founding member and trainer of the Ohio SchoolNet educational development program, and has presented nationally for AT&T Telecommunications. Other areas of expertise include such topics as Response to Intervention, Differentiated Units and Teaching Strategies, Assessment Mapping, co-teaching and Intervention Assistance Teams.
Marilyn L. Swartz
Marilyn is a national and international presenter and consultant. She has completed doctoral studies in leadership and professional development and a master's degree in curriculum instruction. Marilyn taught in both general and special education. She has been a curriculum director, a consultant for a Special Education Regional Resource Center, and a school improvement consultant. Areas of expertise include curriculum development, research-based instruction, response to intervention (RTI), intervention assistance teams (IAT), differentiation, and co-teaching. Marilyn is the co-author of Teacher Teamwork, published by ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).
Linda is International Programs Director, Gifted/Talented Coordinator and Secondary Curriculum Director for Jackson Local Schools in Stark County, Ohio. She has completed supervisory and administrative training in secondary education at Ashland University and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Malone University. Linda taught both language arts and social studies before assuming administrative roles in Tuscarawas and Stark County schools. She has been a curriculum director, gifted/talented director, International Baccalaureate Coordinator for the Jackson/Perry/North Canton Collaborative IB Program, Staff Development Coordinator and principal grant writer for the Jackson Local Schools for the past 15 years. Areas of expertise include curriculum development, classroom management, cluster-grouping/small-group instruction, differentiation, Marzano's research-based teaching and behavior strategies, response to intervention (RTI), and teacher evaluation.
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