Linda Hopping

Linda Hopping

Linda Hopping is the state director of the Georgia Schools to Watch Program, the chair of the National Forum's Schools to Watch program, lead trainer for the National Forum Early Warning Indicator project, and a school coach in California. She is a former middle grades teacher, assistant principal, principal, and middle grades staff development coordinator in Georgia. While principal at Crabapple Middle School, she established two multiage teams that were highly successful. Ms. Hopping has served on the board of trustees of AMLE as well as on the AMLE Foundation Board. She also has served as president and executive director of the Georgia Middle School Association. She is one of two authors and a lead consultant for the AMLE School Improvement Assessment. She has presented at state and national conferences and has worked as an educational trainer, lecturer, and consultant.

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Gail Heinemeyer

Gail Heinemeyer

Gail Heinemeyer has worked for the Ridley School District in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1972. She has been a classroom teacher, team leader, coach, assistant principal and principal of Ridley Middle School for 17 years. Currently she serves as Director of Support Services, with a variety of responsibilities including overseeing new teacher induction, gifted education, ESL services, counselors, nurses, and the student assistance program. Gail is also responsible for state reporting, child accounting, residency and enrollment. She also maintains the district website and cable TV system. Gail was a long time member of the Pennsylvania Middle Level Association State Board, serving two terms as president. Gail has presented at the state and national level and has been on the AMLE Institutes for Middle Level Leadership Faculty since 2004.

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Joel Brodsky

Joel Brodsky

Dr. Brodsky's formal education culminated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from New York University (1992). He has received various honors including Supervisor of the Year in Special Education and Educator of the Year in Special Education. In addition, Dr. Brodsky has served as president of several professional organizations including the International Council for Learning Disabilities, Administrators Roundtable Association (New York University), New York State Council for Learning Disabilities and the Jericho Supervisors Association.

After a thirty-six year career in public education, primarily as an administrator at the middle school level in the Jericho School District, Dr. Brodsky became a scheduling consultant. In that role he has worked directly with over three hundred and fifty schools, around the country, helping them implement their educational philosophies. Currently he is working with the Executive leadership Institute of New York City as a Scheduling Consultant providing workshops, mentoring and coaching New York City administrators. He has also spoken at numerous conferences and seminars, including AMLE, NASSP, and NELMS on the topic of school scheduling.

In his work with school leaders, directly and through conferences and seminars, he has offered professional development and mentoring for the design and construction of cost-effective schedules built from the needs of each individual student and aimed at fostering the highest levels of achievement. He has also stressed the integration of students with special needs and the ability of staff to select varied models that best foster the success of their students. Finally, as evidenced in his presentations for AMLE and other organizations and in a visit to any of the schools he has mentored, his work continues to foster the belief that systemic change is essential and that school leaders can implement change in programs and schedules in order to maximize student growth.

Dr. Brodsky maintains that middle schools can foster the highest levels of student growth by moving to innovative scheduling models and stimulating the highest levels of teacher performance.

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Nancy Doda

Nancy Doda

Nancy Doda is an internationally renowned speaker, workshop leader, and author. Regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on middle grades education, she has devoted much of her career to improving middle grades education. Recipient of AMLE's most prestigious award, the John H. Lounsbury award, Nancy has supported thousands of middle grades educators in their efforts to improve learning for young adolescents. She has a broad range of expertise from school organization and climate, to curriculum and instruction. She is best known for customizing professional development.

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