Julia is a former teacher and school counselor, and is now an international speaker and one ofthe world's foremost authors of guidance storybooks for children. She is always seeking creativeways to connect with people and impart valuable life lessons. Her imaginative stories areextremely engaging to all ages, leading her to publish over eighty successful storybooks, earningnumerous national awards and recognition. The goal of Julia's books is to enter the world viewof children and teach them to become life-long problem solvers.
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Amie Dean, M.Ed., B.A. has worked in education for 21 years. She has experience teaching at all levels, and has taught both special and general education. She was with Fulton County Schools (GA) for ten years, four of which she provided support to teachers and students as the Student Support/RTI Coordinator for her middle school. She holds a Masters degree in Education and is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. With 21 years experience as an educator and 10 years as a professional consultant, Amie has worked with thousands of teachers, counselors and administrators in over 250 districts to improve best practices in behavior support, student engagement, and differentiated instruction. Amie has trained with Dr. Rick DuFour, Dr. Kay Burke, Dr. Spencer Kagan, Dr. Ruby Payne, and many others.
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Dr. John W. Hodge is president and co-founder of UrbanLearning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on studentachievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a readingteacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and AssociateDirector of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of AnAchievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of theinterventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable DreamAcademy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous nationalawards. Prior to his career in education, Dr. Hodgedistinguished himself in the service of our country with the 7th InfantryDivision of the United States Army.
What sets Dr. John W. Hodge apart in the field ofeducation is his well-documented ability to put research and theory intoeveryday practice in rural, urban and suburban schools. His career has beendefined by assisting students and teachers overcome obstacles and achievegoals. He has served as an inspirational speaker at national, regional, andstatewide conferences across the United States. His presentations are often"the spark" for schools in their quest to meet and exceed state/federalaccreditation standards and implement strategies for continuous improvement.Dr. Hodge is an expert in helping schools create and sustain academicexcellence..
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