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CEL Institute on Critical Issues

Institute Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers for the Institute on Critical Issues: Assessment include:   

Beverly ChinBeverly Chin

Beverly Ann Chin, Ph. D., is Director of the English Teaching Program and former Director of the Montana Writing Project at the University of Montana. She has served as NCTE President, CEE Secretary, and CEL Member At Large. Currently, she serves on the NCTE Middle Level Section Steering Committee. Beverly received the 2012 NCTE Distinguished Service Award and the 2005 Rewey Belle Inglis Award for an Outstanding Woman in English Education. Beverly was a Board Member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the Senior Project Consultant for the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. With over 35 years of experience in literacy education, Beverly is a passionate advocate of professional development for all educators (K-U).

Scott EggerdingScott Eggerding

Scott Eggerding is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Lyons Township High School where he started his career as an English Teacher 22 years ago. As an English teacher, creative writing instructor, teacher leader, division chair and district administrator, he has always experimented with and encouraged best practice in developing assessments.

Scott is also an active member of NCTE and CEL and has served CEL as a Member at Large and the 2010 Orlando Convention Chair.


Scott FilkinsScott Filkins

Scott Filkins has worked as an educator in the Champaign, Illinois, schools in a variety of roles, including English teacher and department chair, reading teacher, instructional coach, and (currently) curriculum coordinator for secondary English language arts. This past year, Scott served on the NCTE assessment task forces that produced two position statements advocating for research-based, principled approaches to literacy assessment, Machine Scoring Fails the Test (April 2013) and Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction (October 2013).   

Scott was recently named the co-recipient of the Conference on English Education's 2013 James N. Britton Award for his book Beyond Standardized Truth: Improving Teaching and Learning through Inquiry-Based Reading Assessment (NCTE, 2012).  He co-directs the University of Illinois Writing Project, is a doctoral student at Illinois in curriculum and instruction, and serves on the advisory board for the International Reading Association.  He lives in Urbana, Illinois, with his son Colin.


Tamara MaxwellTamara Maxwell

Tamara Maxwell is the English Language Arts Consultant for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  Through developing partnerships with diverse stakeholders and leveraging technology, Tamara creates and curates English language arts and literacy resources to support systematic and sustainable professional learning around standards-based instruction and assessment. Prior to working at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Tamara served as an English teacher and an instructional coach at Kimberly High School in Wisconsin.


Karen RainoKaren Raino

Karen Raino is the Language Arts Division Chair and EL Coordinator for Lyons Township High School. She has a particular interest in writing instruction and using formative assessment to promote student learning during the writing process. She is an active member of NCTE and CEL and has been a teacher consultant for the Chicago Area Writing Project.


Katherine SmithKatherine Smith

Katherine Smith is presently the Coordinator of Assessment & Research at Lyons Township High School and was previously an Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator for Chicago Public Schools. Katherine has presented at the Annual Advanced Placement Conference, College Board's Equity & Access Conference, and for the National Governor's Association concerning Advanced Placement. Katherine has a passion for formative and summative assessment development and teacher education in these areas.


Nikki Elliott-Schuman, Smarter Balanced

Nikki Elliott-Schuman is the director of English language arts and literacy for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Elliott-Schuman works to ensure that the assessments effectively measure the depth and breadth of the Common Core State Standards in ELA/literacy. She also co-chairs the Performance Task Work Group for Smarter Balanced and is the State Writing Assessment Specialist for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Washington. Elliott-Schuman has more than 30 years of expertise in ELA assessment and curriculum as a teacher and administrator. Past roles include District Curriculum Coordinator for K-12 Reading and Writing in Vancouver, Washington, and the State Evaluation Specialist for Nevada Writing at the Nevada State Department of Education. She began her career as a high school English teacher. Elliott-Schuman received her master’s of education in curriculum and instruction at the University of Nevada, Reno.


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