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Standards-based assessment and Instruction

Educational Team

Our editors and instructors are an experienced group of education professionals.

Ross Brewer

Ph.D., President of Exemplars

Ross Brewer

Ross Brewer has consulted on standards-based performance assessment and instruction in many districts and states. As the director of planning and policy development for the Vermont Department of Education, he was the architect of Vermont's groundbreaking Portfolio Assessment System. Ross has served as an educational consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Panasonic Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Education Trust, the Council on Basic Education, the California School Leadership Academy and the Third International Mathematics and Science Study. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of Performance Assessment Collaboratives in Education (PACE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ross is the publisher of Exemplars materials and directs Exemplars Institutes and professional development programs.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Cornelis de Groot

Ph.D., Editor of Secondary Math Exemplars 7-12

Cornelis (Kees) de Groot, is an assistant professor of mathematics education, at the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at NYU. His dissertation is a study of three female students transitioning from a reformed middle school mathematics program to a traditional high school mathematics program. Kees has taught general and remedial high school mathematics to AP-Calculus and online Calculus. As a teacher, he used authentic and technological means to engage mathematics students of underrepresented and underprivileged groups. A New York Presidential Awardee, he serves as director of the New York State K-8 Mathematics Mentors program.

Kees has been an educational consultant for Exemplars and other national companies for many years. He works with districts on implementing reformed mathematics curriculum and assessments as well as improving instructional strategies and methods. He is a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences around the country and abroad.

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Carol McNair

Editor of Mathematics Exemplars K-8

Carol McNair is currently a finalist for the Presidential Award as Vermont's outstanding mathematics teacher. Carol returned to the classroom to teach mathematics at Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond, Vermont, after she served as the coordinator of mathematics portfolio assessment for the Vermont Department of Education. As coordinator, Carol was responsible for leading benchmarking and assessment sessions for the state, and developing training materials and programs for helping Vermont's teachers implement the state's standards-based performance assessments.

Carol holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont.

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Karin Hess

Editor of Science Exemplars K-8

Karin Hess is the principal at Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, Vermont. She is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont. Karen's dissertation is focused on the challenges of implementing standards-based performance assessment in Vermont schools. Prior to becoming a principal, Karin was a curriculum coordinator for a Vermont district and the professional development specialist for the Vermont Institute for Science, Mathematics and Technology.

Karen has also served as an adjunct instructor at Vermont's St. Michael's College and the University of Vermont, and the College of New Rochelle, NY. Karen has extensive experience leading professional development programs in performance assessment, particularly focused on K-8 science.

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Dennie Palmer Wolf, Ph.D.

Co-Editor of RWR Exemplars 5-8

Dennie Palmer Wolf is the Hiatt Professor of Education at Clark University and a senior research associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dennie has taught and worked in the field of public education for thirty years. She has been a classroom teacher for the K-graduate school level. More recently, as a researcher and writer, she has investigated issues of teaching, learning and assessment in the arts and humanities. Throughout her career, Dennie has examined issues of educational equity and quality. The focus of her current work is engaging students in the cultural and civic lives of their communities. She has published widely in the fields of literacy, arts education, assessment and access to quality.

Dennie holds an Ed.D. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

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