Faculty, Consultants and Contributors
Our faculty are drawn from members of the National Reading Panel, the PISA and NAEP assessment teams, the architects of the SBAC and PARCC assessments, the creators of the Lexile® and Quantile® frameworks, global experts in Cognitive Demand (DOK) and leaders from some of the the world’s largest school organizations.
Kevin E. Baird
Chairman & National Supervising Faculty - Center for College & Career Readiness
Kevin Baird is a co-author of the Pathway for College & Career Standards Implementation. For more than 20 years he has served schools, districts, state and national education offices as an expert in the use of technology to achieve College & Career Ready outcomes along with the implementation of change models to drive sustainable, enhanced learning outcomes.
Mr. Baird is the creator of the Common Core Black Belt Certification Graduate Program accredited by the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, and serves as Graduate Faculty for numerous blended learning courses for school administrators. He has participated in educational research on every continent except Antarctica. Outside of education, Mr. Baird led the development of a national information and alerting system related to weather and traffic with the government of the People’s Republic of China, and holds patents in the development of innovative technologies in media.
He is a Beinecke National Scholar, a Wingspread Scholar, has served on the Secretary’s Circle of Phi Beta Kappa, has contributed to the State Collaborative for the Survey of Enacted Curriculum led by the CCSSO and the University of Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and has served as an executive for multiple education publishers. In his role as Chairman, Mr. Baird is a sought after keynote speaker and lead consultant working with some of the largest districts in the United States and with governments around the world. You can follow him on Twitter @KevinEBaird.
Bill Latham is a leader in the movement to design and implement High Impact Learning Environments in schools. He is a co-author of Humanizing the Education Machine (2016, Wiley)1, Humanizing the Education Machine Thinking Guide for Educators (2017, MeTEOR Education), MeTEOR Connect Courseware for High Impact Learning Environments (2016, MeTEOR Education)2, Cognitive Demand and High Impact Learning Environments (2019, Center for College & Career Readiness), and Whole: What Teachers Need to Help Students Thrive (2019, Jossey Bass).
Bill Latham was one of the world’s first Accredited Learning Environment Planners (ALEP) and today is the creator of accreditation courses through the Association for Learning Environments (www.a4le.org) for architects, educators and consultants.
As of 2019, Bill is a notable keynote speaker, trainer and consultant on issues related to space design and the integration of instructional practice and learning environments. Schools and districts who have partnered on his designs have received numerous awards and recognitions including Microsoft Global Demonstration Site, LEED Certification, and a Texas Instrument’s global model of implementation.
Dr. Karin Hess
Senior Associate - National Center for Assessment
Dr. Karin Hess, Senior Associate with the National Center for Assessment (NCIEA) since 2002, brings to our work over 30 years of deep experience in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. She has assisted more than a dozen states in major development of grade level expectations, revisions to state content standards, and in creating detailed assessment specifications aligned to content standards that are both educationally and technically sound. Dr. Hess is recognized nationally for her research and work with learning progressions and cognitive rigor. Dr. Hess is one of the principal architects of the Smarter Balanced Assessment design.
Most recently, her work has focused on the development and alignment of educationally sound and accessible locally-based assessments; the use of content-based learning progressions for progress monitoring; and assessment practices that support improved achievement. In addition to 20+ years as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher and K-12 school administrator, Dr. Hess has worked at the NJ Department of Education as state director for gifted education, a program evaluator for the Vermont Mathematics Project; as a content specialist for development of the Vermont state science assessment; and as the developer/editor of Science Exemplars performance assessments. She has authored and co-authored numerous books, book chapters, and articles on educational assessment issues.
Dr. Michael L. Kamil
Professor Emeritus - Stanford University
Dr. Michael L. Kamil is Professor Emeritus of Education at Stanford University. He has served as a member of the Psychological Studies in Education Committee; as faculty at the Learning, Design, and Technology Program; and he has served as an advisor to the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program for the U.S. Department of Education. He is a contributor to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
Dr. Kamil has also contributed to the technical advisory committee of the Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessments and has chaired both the Pacific Resources for Education and Learning’s reading advisory panel and the research panel of the New York State English Language Arts Standards Revision.
Dr. Kamil was a member of the National Reading Panel, where he chaired the subgroups on comprehension, technology, and teacher education; the RAND Reading Study Group; the National Literacy Panel; and the Carnegie Corporation Advisory Council on Advancing Adolescent Literacy. In addition, Dr. Kamil was chair of the planning committee for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Reading Framework.
Dr. Douglas Luffborough
Trustee, Board of Education - Chula Vista, CA
Dr. Doug Luffborough is a national leader in the development of young people in urban environments. Formerly at City Year and Renaissance Learning, Doug founded and served as Executive Director for the Turning the Hearts Center in San Diego, CA. He has also served as a member of the Board of Education for Chula Vista Elementary School District, the largest elementary district in the state of California.
Dr. Luffborough is a noted author, speaker and consultant. He has presented to audiences ranging from Madison Square Garden and his graduating class at Harvard, to invited audiences with President Clinton and keynote presentations across the United States. He has consulted with schools and districts across North America with a focus on creating high expectations for all students, accelerating literacy skills, and implementing College & Career Readiness standards. Dr. Luffborough holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, a Master’s Degree in Education for Administration from Harvard University, and is the recipient of the prestigious Stanford Fellowship at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Center for College & Career Readiness. Dr. Luffborough recently published the book Watch Me Rise.
Dr. Malbert Smith
President - MetaMetrics, Inc.
Dr. Malbert Smith is the co-creator of the Quantile framework for mathematics and the Lexile framework for reading. Today, he serves as the President of MetaMetrics Inc., which he co-founded in 1984. Dr. Smith is an expert in the use of quantitative measurements in education. The Lexile framework is the most widely used method of evaluating text difficulty and is the only measure which allows the evaluation of text difficulty and student comprehension skills using the same scale, P-20. Both the Lexile and Quantile frameworks are widely used by educational publishers and are the foundation of the most widely used math and reading intervention products worldwide. Dr. Smith’s Lexile framework is explicitly cited in the Common Core Standards as a critical measure of text difficulty.
Dr. Smith has served on the boards of The Hill Center in Durham, NC, the National Alopecia Arecata Foundation and Durham’s Child Guidance Clinic. He has also served on the Computer Advisory Board for Inc. Magazine and the North Carolina Council for Economic Development. He is also a member of, and presents to, various state and national educational research and measurement associations. In 1997, North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt awarded Dr. Smith the prestigious “Order of the Longleaf Pine”, the state’s highest civilian honor. He has published and presented numerous papers in the field of educational assessment and measurement, and has taught graduate seminars at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Duke University.