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The Power Is in You With Carlton Ashby
To kindergarten teacher Carlton Ashby, when it comes to building successful students three key words stand out: relationships, relationships, relationships. Ashby is a frequent speaker on this theme; and in his Education World column, he shares stories about how "EduCarers" work to build relationships.

Regina Barreca
Award-winning educator, humorist, and author Dr. Regina Barreca makes readers laugh with her weekly newspaper columns, and with her books such as They Used to Call Me Snow White...But I Drifted. Dr. Barreca is a professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut.

Eric Baylin
Eric Baylin has been a teacher for 36 years. He currently works at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, a K-12 independent school, where he teaches art and photography to middle- and high-school students. Baylin also coordinates a program of collaborative faculty study groups at Packer.

Larry Bell
An award-winning educator and in-demand speaker, Larry Bell's inspirational messages focus on practical ideas for improving test scores and helping at-promise students achieve success. In each Education World column, Larry presents a new tool or strategy that will help your at-promise students achieve.

Ruth Sidney Charney
A teacher for 35 years, Ruth Sidney Charney is co-developer of Northeast Foundation for Children. Her groundbreaking book, Teaching Children to Care--Classroom Management for Ethical and Academic Growth, K-8 (NEFC. Greenfield, Massachusetts 1991, 2002) has sold more than 100,000 copies.

Vicki Cobb
Education World's popular Show-Biz Science feature is scripted by Vicki Cobb. Author of dozens of children's books on science topics, Cobb's excitement about teaching science to children is contagious. For teachers who might be fearful of teaching science, Show-Biz Science makes it simple and fun.

Evelyn Cortez-Ford
Evelyn Cortez-Ford, the founder of School Leadership Coaching, is committed to helping teachers and school administrators develop their full leadership potential. In this series of articles, she takes principals over some of the most common hurdles they encounter as they coach a team of teacher-leaders.

Leah Davies
Educator and counselor Leah Davies is the creator of the Kelly Bear character building resources for children ages three to nine. In addition, Davies has presented hundreds of workshops at local, state, regional, and national conferences and her articles have been published in dozens of professional journals.

Brenda Dyck
Brenda Dyck is a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). In addition to teaching preservice teachers, Brenda is the moderator of MiddleTalk, a listserve sponsored by the National Middle School Association (NMSA). Her "HotLinks" column is a regular feature in NMSA's magazine, Middle Ground. Brenda also is a teacher-editor for MidLink magazine.

Larry Ferlazzo
Larry Ferlazzo has taught English and Social Studies to both English Language Learners and mainstream students at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, for six years. He writes a popular resource-sharing blog for teachers, and also has a Web site for students.

Miguel Guhlin
As director of instructional technology for a large urban district in Texas, past president of the state-wide Technology Education Coordinators group in one of the largest U.S. technology educator organizations (TCEA), Miguel Guhlin continues to model the use of emerging technologies in schools. You can read his published writing or engage him in conversation via his blog at Around the Corner.

Pete Hall
Principal and consultant Pete Hall challenges principals to "always strive to be a better you." Under Hall's leadership, Anderson Elementary School (Reno, Nevada) has been transformed from "in need of improvement" in 2002 to the only Title I school in the state of Nevada to garner a "high achieving" designation in 2004.

Sandra Harris
Sandra Harris is author of BRAVO Principals, published by Eye on Education. BRAVO is an acronym for Building Relationships with Actions that Value Others. Harris shares "tactical actions" intent on building valued relationships with staff and others in the school community.

Looking Forward to Monday Morning With Diane Hodges
An award-winning educator and bestselling author, Dr. Diane Hodges' weekly Looking Forward to Monday Morning columns present a wealth of ideas administrators can use to "drive staff members happy." At national conferences, Diane's high-energy, humorous sessions are always among the most popular ones.

Doug Johnson
Doug Johnson is director of media and technology for the Mankato Public Schools and an adjunct faculty member at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has taught in K-12 schools in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. He is the author of four books; his articles have appeared in more than 40 books and periodicals.

Dr. Fred Jones
Dr. Jones has studied highly successful teachers for more than 30 years. His most recent book, Tools for Teaching, offers a description of classroom management in which the prevention of discipline problems, and training children to be responsible, place discipline management in a positive and affirming context.

Ivan Kershner
Ivan Kershner, known to students and colleagues alike as Mr. Ivan, has been writing poetry for more than 40 years. With titles such as "Bringing Elephants to School," "A Bad Report Card," and "The Week Before Spring Break," Mr. Ivan's poems should ring familiar to all educators.

Joe Martin
Professor Joe Martin is an award-winning educator, trainer, and author of several books, including Good Teachers Never Quit, When Students Just Won't Listen, and Tricks of the Grade. Regarded as "America's Top Educator Motivator," he speaks, trains, and consults with more than 50 school districts a year in the area of teacher retention and student motivation/behavior issues.

Emma McDonald
Emma McDonald is a veteran educator and co-author of several books, including Survival Kit for New Teachers and Survival Kit for New Secondary Teachers. She specializes in teacher preparation at the Region 10 Education Service Center in Texas and supports teachers at her Web site, www.inspiringteachers.com.

Cathy Puett Miller
Known as the "Literacy Ambassador," Cathy Puett Miller's work appears online at Literacy Connections, Parenthood.com, Family Network, and BabyZone. Cathy's signature is her passion for connecting children and families to positive, powerful experiences with reading.

George E. Pawlas
George E. Pawlas is author of The Administrator's Guide to School-Community Relations. Each month he shares ideas that will help principals as they create successful school communications plans, enhance family involvement, develop partnerships in the community, and deal with crisis situations.

Peek's Perspective on Grant Writing With Don Peek
Don Peek is a former educator who now runs The School Funding Center, a company that provides grant information and grant-writing services to schools. The School Funding Center Grant Database contains more than 110,000 grant opportunities worth more than $6.5 billion.

Wendy Petti
Wendy Petti is the creator of the award-winning Math Cats Web site, author of Exploring Math with MicroWorlds EX and a frequent presenter at regional and national math and technology conferences. Petty teaches math to grades 4 and 5 at Washington International School in Washington D.C.

Bernie Poole
Bernie Poole, an associate professor of education and instructional technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has been a teacher since 1966. Poole, who developed and maintains with Yvonne Singer the EdIndex, an extensive index of Web resources for teachers and students, also has published several books related to instructional technology.

Angela Powell
An educator for nine years, Angela Powell currently teaches third grade in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her Web site, Ms. Powell's Management Ideas for Teachers, creates a place where educators can share tools, teaching techniques, behavior management strategies, and organizational tips to help make teaching more efficient, effective, and enjoyable.

Joy Rotondi
Joy Rotondi recently returned to the classroom as a sixth-grade language arts teacher. In 1996, she launched Foodies.com, �a playful site dedicated to serious American cooking.� For the last 11 years has been designing and maintaining Web sites for the culinary world, including restaurants, culinarians, and food marketers.

Dr. Kenneth Shore
Dr. Kenneth Shore is a psychologist and chair of a child study team for the Hamilton (New Jersey) Public Schools. He has written five books, including Special Kids Problem Solver and Elementary Teacher's Discipline Problem Solver. Shore offers Education World readers tips for handling a wide variety of classroom challenges.

Nancy Willard
Nancy E. Willard, M.S., J.D. is a former educator and attorney who has focused on youth online risk issues for more than a decade. She is director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use and author of two books: Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Addressing the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress and Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly (forthcoming, Jossey-Bass).

Dr. Paul Young
Dr. Paul Young is a retired elementary school principal and a past president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). He has authored numerous books, including You Have to Go to School, You�re the Principal: 101 Tips to Make It Better for Your Students (Corwin Press, 2004) and Promoting Positive Behaviors: An Elementary Principal�s Guide to Structuring the Learning Environment (Corwin Press, 2007).


Dee Kelsey and Pam Plumb
Dee Kelsey and Pam Plumb are your facilitators in charge of Education World's Great Meetings series. They are also authors of the popular guide to meeting facilitation, Great Meetings! Great Results. Together, Pam and Dee have more than 40 years' experience facilitating change and training meeting leaders. They have delivered meeting management training programs for clients as varied as L.L. Bean, The National League of Cities, and The Nature Conservancy. They are currently putting the final touches on Great Meetings! The Training Video and Great Meetings! The CD Rom.

Brenda Dyck and Max Fischer
Brenda Dyck and Max Fischer alternate weeks as Education World's Voice of Experience columnists. Brenda Dyck teaches at Master's Academy and College in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). Her "HotLinks" column is a regular feature in the National Middle School Association's Journal, Middle Ground and she is a teacher-editor for Midlink magazine. Max Fischer is a social studies teacher in an Ohio middle school. A National Board certified teacher, he has authored nine resource books for teachers in the fields of social studies, health, and math.