Keynote Speaker: Dr. Norman Webb

Dr. Norman L. Webb is a Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin. His academic training and research focuses on mathematics and mathematics education. Dr. Webb developed his widely used Depth of Knowledge (DOK) system while serving as a Program Officer for the National Science Foundation in 2010 - 2011. During this time, he also participated as a key member of the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards. He has since applied the DOK system while conducting alignment studies between curriculum standards and assessment for Districts and Departments of Education throughout the United States. He has served as the Principal Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation studies while directing evaluations of curriculum and professional development projects. Dr. Webb's current research concerns evaluation, assessment, and alignment.

Featured Speakers

Nicole Zdeb

Nicole Zdeb is the Senior Director of Academic Services for the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). With an emphasis on English Language Arts and EAL student needs, Nicole oversees the development of instructional resources and assessment prototypes in support of teachers and students. Her research, writings and presentations span topics as diverse as the impact Common Core implementation and evaluation, innovative test item types, formative pedagogy and the educational reform ecosystem. Nicole's 20 years of experience in education include serving as an ESL classroom teacher in New York City public schools followed by test development work for ACT, producers of the college readiness assessment taken annually by 2 million high school graduates throughout the United States. Her current work focuses on the interplay among assessment, teaching and learning. She is particularly interested in formative assessment of writing across genres, the use of Artificial Intelligence in the scoring of writing; and how play and games can increase student literacy while producing overall gains in academic achievement. Nicole holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. She is also a published poet, and volunteers as a poetry teacher in an inner city public school in North Portland.

Craig T. Gabler

Craig T. Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant and the new KDSL science consultant for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Previously he was at Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington, beginning in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region. During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher.

Outside of his work in districts, Dr. Gabler has been active in science education leadership. He served as a writer for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), worked on Washington state science standards writing teams, and spent several summers as Mentor Teacher in the U.S. Department of Energy's Pre-Service Teacher program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is currently the Retiring President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In addition, he served a two-year term as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and as the National Science Teachers Association's District XVII Director. Leadership and leadership development continues to be an area of focus for Dr. Gabler. He collaborated with the KDSL team and served as the team leader of the 2014 NGSS Forum held in Dubai for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Dr. Gabler was also a featured author in Teach UAE Magazine where he wrote an article on implementing the NGSS.

Dr. Gabler received a BS in Physical Science from Washington State University, an MS in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Science & Mathematics Education from the Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Cory Wilkerson

Cory Wilkerson is the Project Director for the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education, and the Media Arts facilitator for the national pilot of the new Media Arts standards. Ms. Wilkerson is a free-lance education consultant in standards based arts instruction and assessment and has served on several state wide initiatives in arts standards and assessment in the state of Pennsylvania, during which she co-authored the Pennsylvania Theatre Education Framework, co-chaired the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned Systems Committee for the Arts, and served as faculty for the Governor's Institute for Arts educators. On assignment to the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards, she assisted with the work of the writing of the new national core arts standards. As a member of the National Media Arts Committee, Ms. Wilkerson has presented on Media Arts standards for the International Society for Technology in Education, the Arts Schools Network, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture and SxSW Edu. Ms. Wilkerson has presented nationally on standards and assessment for the Arts Education Partnership, the National Art Education Association, the Educational Theatre Association, Young Audiences Arts for Learning National Conference, and locally for various arts education organizations throughout Pennsylvania.

Sue Beers

Making connections among a myriad of initiatives and supporting learning through humor and example are professional passions for Sue Z. Beers. In workshops delivered across the USA, Sue shares strategies and tools for creating effective learning opportunities. Improving teaching and learning will necessitate that teachers, administrators and district personnel participants deeply examine their own current practices against best practices.

Sue's 39-year career as a classroom teacher, program coordinator and district administrator has provided her with hands-on experience in the areas of effective teaching and school improvement. As the founder and current Director of the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium, Beers works with over 160 school districts in Iowa and other states in guiding the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment in order to improve student learning.

As a consultant, speaker and ASCD Consultant, Sue has shared her expertise and experience with school districts and educational organizations nationally and internationally to improve teaching and learning in the areas of:

  • Using Professional Learning Communities to Achieve Effective Instructional Change
  • Leading the Implementation of the CCSS: Strategies and Resources
  • CCSS Implementation in Literacy and Math Classrooms
  • Key Shifts of the CCSS in Literacy and Math
  • Reading and Writing Strategies in the Content Areas
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Development Planning
  • School Improvement Planning
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Using Data to Inform Instruction
  • Sue co-authored ASCD's "Leading the Common Core" professional development institute and is also the co-author of Reading Strategies for the Content Areas: An ASCD Action Tool, Volumes 1 and II and Using Writing to Learn Across the Content Areas: An ASCD Action Tool. She has also authored an ASCD Action Tool on Strategies for Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Professional Development, Adolescent Literacy and Teaching 21st Century Skills.

    Carly Muetterties

    Carly Muetterties is a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, working on her Ph.D. in Educational Sciences. She is currently managing editor of the C3Teachers website., created by the writers of the C3 Framework, is an initiative to empower teachers as they implement the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

    Previously, she was a high school social studies teacher at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky, an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program school. She earned her B.A. in Secondary Education in Social Studies, Masters in History, and Masters in German Studies at the University of Kentucky, and her Masters in Education at Georgetown College. She has taught across many ability levels on a broad range of topics including government, economics, anthropology, geography, US and world history. She is excited to be a part of the KDSL team and to help move the C3 Framework forward!