Wednesday - Dr. Adria F. Klein is professor emeritus at California State University, San Bernardino, and a visiting professor at Saint Mary's College in Moraga. She has taught courses in language arts and literacy in the graduate Reading Education program, as well as being a Reading Recovery Trainer of Teacher Leaders. She has also worked extensively with the groups that created the new common core standards for EL Students. Her workshops focus on the implications of these standards for English learners, and include professional development, support strategies, and monitoring of and coaching for students' language growth. She had written articles on a wide range of subjects such as emergent literacy, Reading Recovery, reader's theater, integrated language arts, staff development, and technology. Dr. Klein is the author of more than 80 books for beginning readers.
Thursday - Mark Chapman is the associate director of test development at WIDA. In this position, he has to ensure that the new WIDA assessments are delivered to specification and on time, and are coordinated both within WIDA and with WIDA vendors the Center for Applied Linguistics, MetriTech and the Data Recognition Corporation. Since becoming the associate director, his work has focused on MODEL, Early Years and ACCESS 2.0.
In the past, Mr. Chapman was the associate director of assessment in the University of Michigan's English as a Second Language testing program. For more than ten years, he taught English in Japan, and most recently at Hokkaido University. He studied in the U.K. for a bachelor's degree in economics from Coventry University, a master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in assessment from the University of Bedfordshire.
Dr. Mary Elizabeth Curran is Associate Dean of Local-Global Partnerships and Coordinator of Language Education Programs at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Besides courses in language teacher education, she also teaches classes on second language acquisition, and on the connection between language and culture founded in her previous experience as an ESL and Spanish teacher. For three years, she served as the faculty liaison for Rutgers with the United Nations and worked on the Rutgers United Nations Curriculum Development Project. Currently, she is the director of the award-winning Conversation Tree: Community-Based Language Partnership Program, and for the past eight years has been a STARTALK grant recipient for Chinese language teacher preparation programs. She has written and published articles in scholarly journals: the TESOL Quarterly, Learning Languages, and The Journal of Teacher Education. She is committed to teacher partnerships, both locally and world-wide, and to training teachers to be advocates for their students.