Knowledge Development Specialist
National Post-School Outcomes Center
224 Clinical Services Building 5260
University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403
Dr. Alverson is a research associate at the University of Oregon for the National Post-School Outcomes (NPSO) Center and Secondary Special Education and Transition (SSET) research unit. Her work at the NPSO Center for the past five years has focused on analysis of states’ State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Progress Reports (APR), product development, and technical assistance to state departments of education. Prior to completing a doctoral degree in 2008, she taught in the public schools for 13 years as a teacher for students with moderate and severe disabilities, preparing students for post-secondary life. Her research interests include post-school outcomes, secondary special education programming for students with moderate and severe disabilities, and program evaluation.
Senior Researcher, REL West/Health and Human Development Program
300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor
Oakland, California 94612
BethAnn Berliner is senior researcher in WestEd's Regional Education Laboratory and Health and Human Development programs. She directs a number of research and technical assistance projects related to student success, primarily addressing the academic, health, and developmental needs of children, youth, and families in high poverty communities. Berliner's current work focuses on secondary reform, dropout out prevention and recovery, educational outcomes of children in the child welfare system and without homes, and creating college and career pathways for all students.
Colorado State University School of Education
1588 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Dr. Brian Cobb is Professor Emeritus from the School of Education at Colorado State University and former Co-Chair of the Education Coordinating Group for the Campbell Collaboration, an international professional society dedicated to conducting and disseminating worldwide the results of systematic reviews (meta-analyses) of educational interventions. Brian has taught quantitative research design at the doctoral level as well as quantitative analysis – particularly the statistical models used in the analysis and aggregation of experimental and quasi-experimental research studies. In recent years, Brian was P. I. of a $1.9 million U. S. Department of Education-funded, evidence-based research synthesis grant entitled “What Works in Transition for Secondary Youth with Disabilities.” Currently, Brian is the external evaluator for a $12 million NSF-funded “Math-Science Partnership” project. For this project, Brian has developed an adapted version of the cohort-control quasi-experimental design and is integrating into a relational database five sequential years of Colorado high stakes test data from seven different urban school districts for use with this quasi-experimental design. Brian also recently completed work for the National Center for Special Education Research in the U. S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) on rubrics for assessing the methodological quality and levels of evidence for intervention research, and was a co-author of the 2008 IES Practice Guide on dropout prevention.
Director of Dropout Prevention and Recovery
Los Angeles Unified School District
333 S. Beaudry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.241- 4967
Debra Duardo is the Director of Dropout Prevention and Recovery for Los Angeles Unified School District and a member of the National Dropout Prevention Network Board. Duardo's unique life experience as a high school dropout to Director of Dropout Prevention and Recovery drives her passion to support at-risk students and their families on the path to educational success. In her role as the Director of Dropout Prevention and Recovery for the second largest school District in the country, she is responsible for the implementation of a comprehensive plan aimed at reducing the District's high school dropout rate. Her vision for her work is simple: to increase the number of LAUSD students who earn a diploma.
Duardo initiated a number of programs designed to reach at-risk students, including hiring and training 80 Diploma Project Advisers to work within struggling schools to support at-risk students and increase efforts to bring dropouts back to the classroom. She is also spearheading programs to provide recovered dropouts with more flexible options to obtain their diploma.
Chief Student Support Services Officer
Washoe County School District
380 Edison Way
Reno, NV 89502
After graduating in 1975 from Wausau East High School in Wausau, Wisconsin, Scott Reynolds joined the United States Air Force. He served as a USAF Security Policeman in Minot, North Dakota. Scott attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he earned a B.S. in Psychology/Sociology, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he received an M.S.Ed. in School Psychology.
Scott began his public education career as a School Psychologist for the Clark County School District in 1984. Thereafter, he served as Procedural Safeguards Specialist/Section 504 Coordinator, Administrative Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services to the Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services superintendent of Student Support Services Division, Regional Director of Special Education Services/Director of Special Education Related Services, and Executive Director of District-Wide Special Education Services.
Mr. Reynolds moved to Washoe County in July 2008, and has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services Division/Special Education since then. Scott currently oversees all special education, student health, psychological, and related services for the Washoe County School District. Scott has been appointed to numerous county- and state-wide interagency boards relating to needs of special education.
Scott and his wife Kim have two sons - one attends UNR and the other attends the Davidson Academy of Nevada.
Jane M. Sullivan is a consultant with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. She began her career as a special education teacher of students with severe disabilities, and has worked in a variety of administrative positions in special education and early intervention at the state and local levels. Jane serves as the Bureau of Special Education's liaison to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and has coordinated the SPP/APR development and reporting process for Pennsylvania since its inception. She has authored or co-authored several publications, including state regulations, monitoring systems, policy and guidance material, and technical assistance documents.