Asil Yassine

Asil Yassine studied language and literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She is a former middle and high school math teacher and will be a teaching fellow this fall at HGSE.

Bernard Koontz

Bernard leads language learning and teacher development for Highline Public Schools in the Seattle metro area. Since 2008 he has led the establishment of 8 Dual Language programs, and has focused on developing long-term strategy to develop, recruit and retain excellent bilingual educators to reflect the community. His experience includes serving as the chair of Washington State’s Bilingual Education Advisory Committee, providing statewide advocacy with a range policy makers. Additionally, Bernard is engaged in a number of regional and statewide initiatives to develop and improve students’ access to high quality bilingual education. Since 2015, Bernard has also lead extensive work to support the induction of new teachers. He earned his B.A. degree at Seattle University in Political Science and History and his M.Ed from Boston College. Follow Bernard on Twitter at @Bernard.Koontz

Catherine Snow

Catherine Snow is the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is an expert on the language and literacy development of preschool, elementary, and middle school learners. Her extensive research looks at which teaching interventions and techniques are most effective in helping children acquire literacy and language skills. She also studies bilingual education and testing policy. See full bio

David Dockterman

David Dockterman is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert at putting education research into practice. His work currently focuses on how technology can support personalized learning for individuals and groups. He has designed dozens of award-winning educational computer programs. See full bio

Eian Harm

Dr. Eian Harm is the Research & Mastery Learning Coordinator for the West Ada School District in Idaho.  Prior to his current position he was as a secondary science teacher and before that a hydrogeologist for an engineering firm. Eian’s current focus is on competency-based and personalized learning, development of methods to increase student ownership of learning, authentic instruction, and defining effective use of digital tools in the classroom.

Erica Bissell

Erica Bissell is the Coordinator of Reading and Language Arts at Lexington School District One in South Carolina. Follow Erica on Twitter at @Lex1_Literacy 

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the superintendent of schools for the Pascack Valley Regional High School District, located in Bergen County, New Jersey. Erik earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics Education from the University of Delaware, a Masters degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University. He has spent his entire 22-year career in the Pascack Valley Regional High School District serving as a physics teacher, supervisor of science and technology education, director of curriculum, and is now completing his sixth year as superintendent. Erik continues his work and passion for physics as an author of several physics textbooks, including “The Handy Physics Answer Book,” and “Applied Physics.”

Gretchen Brion-Meisels

Gretchen Brion-Meisels is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert in adolescent development. Her research explores how relationships between youth and adults can support a positive school climate. She also studies and teaches about partnering with youth in educational research, preventing bullying, and creating holistic student support systems. See full bio

Heather C. Hill

Heather C. Hill is the Jerome T. Murphy Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She focuses on teacher quality in mathematics, developing ways of measuring and improving teachers’ mathematical knowledge and the quality of mathematical instruction. She also studies the effects of policies aimed at improving teaching. Read full bio

James S. Kim

James S. Kim is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He studies the effectiveness of elementary school reading interventions and reforms, with a specialization in summer reading programs. He also researches teacher professional development interventions for reading and writing. He is a former middle school history teacher. Read full bio