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Presenter ELA Biographies Common Core Learning Standards & Assessments Joan Adams, MSW, LCSW-R has led many workshops, taught courses, and done consultation on issues of identity, context and diversity in mental health and higher education. She maintains a private practice of individual and group psychotherapy; supervision of mental health clinicians; and training and consulting on diversity, racial equity and cultural competency for individuals, groups and organizations.

Mary Altieri has been teaching teachers and students of mathematics at all grade levels for well over 30 years. Mary makes many presentations both locally and nationally supporting teachers in their efforts to increase student learning by improving the teaching of mathematics. She is the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Math Teachers of NYS

Denise Alterio is an education consultant specializing in jobembedded professional development. Her strong pedagogical knowledge and passion for providing engaging, outcomedriven learning experiences, embodies her tenure as an educator. Denise is dually certified as an elementary education teacher and special educator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Special Education from Marist College and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the State University of New York. As a special educator, Denise primarily co-taught in integrated classes at the elementary and middle school levels. Her work focused on developing standards-based, data-driven differentiated instruction utilizing recommended instructional models for a co-taught class. Beyond her K-8 classroom experience, Denise worked as an adjunct professor for the State University of New York, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on Creating Inclusive Classrooms. For the past six years, Denise has served as a staff development consultant for the Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York and has also consulted privately with districts in the Hudson Valley, Steuben County New York, and Vermont. Denise authored an article for the ASCD Express entitled, “Tools for Balancing Literacy and Informational Text in the Common Core Standards”.

Lois Baldwin, Ed.D. has served as both a teacher and administrator for the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational services for over 30 years. She directed and supervised programs for students who had a wide variety of special needs such as learning disabilities, emotional programs, and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Baldwin has taught courses at Manhattanville College and Pace University and has been a consultant and speaker at numerous national conferences, symposiums and local districts. She is currently consulting for the Colorado Department of Education about Response to Intervention (RTI) and the Problem Solving Process particularly as it applies to the twice exceptional student. Pam Berger, Director of Information and the School Library System at Southern Westchester BOCES, has over 30 years of experience in education and librarianship. Pam has presented in over 40 states in addition to Canada, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Great Britain, South Africa, Belgium and Switzerland. She has been a National Seminar Speaker for the American Association of School Librarians and the Bureau of Education Research, and has served as a consultant, content developer, lead trainer and project director on multiple IMLS, LSTA and other grant programs. Her latest books are Teaching Inquiry: Engaging the Learner Within (Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2012) and Choosing Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning in a Digital World (Libraries Unlimited, 2010). She is an adjunct instructor at the iSchool at Syracuse University.

Christine Althoff, Ed.D. is a longtime Texas educator who has served as a teacher, principal, curriculum writer, professional development trainer, and Thinking Maps per diem consultant. Her experience with Thinking Maps includes implementation and ongoing support of Thinking Maps at campus, school district, and regional levels for A Language for Learning, Path to Proficiency, and A Language for Leadership. Christine continues to share the positive impact of Thinking Maps as she facilitates training for educators across the U.S. She has incorporated Thinking Maps in both her professional and personal learning endeavors for over 20 years and has been providing Thinking Maps training since 2010.

Sheila Bertoni is a consultant in Literacy and Leadership at Southern Westchester BOCES. In her more than 30-year career she has served as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, ELA Coordinator, Dean of Students and Middle School Principal. She served on the SW BOCES Network Team for 2 1/2 years and attended all Network Team Trainings. Sheila Continued on next page 87

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