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Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Susan Baglieri

Montclair State Universtiy

Dr. Susan Baglieri has strived to develop more inclusive educational schools and communities through her work in teacher education and special education for the past twenty years. Her enthusiastic work as a teacher educator is guided by experience as a high school teacher and mother. She is a co-founder of the Increasing Access to College project, which is an inclusive postsecondary education program at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Baglieri has authored and co-authored articles and book chapters on topics related to disability studies in education, inclusive education, and universal design in education. The recent book, Undoing Ableism: Teaching about Disability in K-12 Classrooms, co-authored with colleague, Dr. Priya Lalvani, aims to provide teachers with background knowledge and techniques to engage young people in critical inquiry about disability and ableism. First released in 2012, Disability Studies and the Inclusive Classroom is a sourcebook that provides an introduction to perspectives on disability in school practice and will soon be in its 3rd edition.


Dr. Liza Talusan

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Dr. Liza Talusan earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, a Master's Degree in Student Personnel Administration from New York University; a certificate in Human Resources; a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston; and her certified coaching credentials from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Her scholarship has been published in peer reviewed journals, edited book collections, online platforms, and she has been featured on a number of podcasts and interviews related to education, identity, and inclusion. She serves in a number of national organizations focused on education and equity, and she has consulted with well over 275 schools, organizations, and corporations across the country. Currently, Dr. Talusan is a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she teaches graduate level courses focused on leadership, equity, and justice.


Dr. Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Boston College

Dr. Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education at the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. She has written 10 books, seven of which have won national awards, and more than 200 articles, chapters, and editorials. She is a widely known national and International speaker. Cochran-Smith is an elected member of the National Academy of Education; she recently finished a term on its Board of Directors. In addition, she is a former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), an AERA Fellow, and a Laureate member of the Kappa Delta Pi education honor society.


Dr. Larry Ludlow

Boston College

Dr. Larry Ludlow is Professor and Department Chair Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment at the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Throughout his career, Ludlow has rigorously advanced how learning is assessed and teaching is improved. In the process, he has helped advance measurement methodology across numerous disciplines. His major areas of research include Rasch model applications, longitudinal course evaluations, quantitative procedures for complexity theory, and longitudinal changes in social network structures. An American Educational Research Association Fellow, Ludlow received the Patricia B. Elmore Award for Outstanding Research in Measurement and Evaluation from the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling/Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.  Dr. Ludlow is a former president of the New England Educational Research Organization.


Dr. Tom Schram

University of New Hampshire

Dr. Tom Schram is faculty emeritus in the University of New Hampshire Department of Education. With over thirty years in education ranging from K-6 teaching to higher education teaching, research, and administration, Schram's scholarly agenda and expertise encompass teacher education program development and policies, rural teacher residency programs, school-university partnerships, and field-based qualitative research design and methods.  Schram's administrative and leadership responsibilities have included directorship of educator preparation and field experiences, coordination of graduate studies, and co-founder  and leader of a statewide consortium of educator preparation programs. Dr. Schram is a former president of the New England Educational Research Organization.