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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Rodger Dinwiddie has been the CEO STARS-Nashville, an evidenced-based Student Assistance Program as recognized by the National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices, since 1986. Prior to joining STARS, Rodger served as the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization working with juvenile court referrals. He also was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years. Rodger is also a Certified Prevention Specialist - Level II. He is a certified trainer and Olweus Technical Assistance Consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and Safe Dates Program, and he serves as the Tennessee State Olweus Coordinator in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, Clemson University, and Hazelden Educational Publishing, where he currently provides consultation in the areas of best practices in bullying prevention and intervention, school climate improvement, and the development of social emotional competencies. In addition, he provides consultation to both businesses and school districts to assist leaders in building strong(er) relationships in the workplace. Rodger is also the Immediate Past-President of the International Bullying Prevention Association. He is a native Nashvillian, where he is involved in numerous community organizations, including the Nashville Rotary Club. He and former CEO of Oasis Center, Hal Cato, were named Nashvillians of the Year by the Nashville Scene for their work in the collaboration and development of the Youth Opportunity Center, a partnership between Oasis Center and STARS.
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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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Dan St. Romain
Dan St. Romain is a national educational consultant who provides staff development and consultative services to educators K-12. Dan is passionate about helping individuals shift their perspective on behavior, understanding the best ways to provide support given the challenges posed in today's society. He regularly presents on topics impacting school climate, brain-based instruction, developmentally appropriate educational practices and presentation skills. Dan's overwhelming strength is his skill as a presenter. Although his sessions are exceedingly interactive and engaging, his greatest asset lies in his ability to offer participants rich insight into the connectedness between educational practices and student behavior.
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