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Education for Democracy Coaches

Maria Campanario, EdD, has over 36 years of experience in public education in a variety of teaching and administrative roles. Her work has concentrated on building effective schools, particularly on matters pertaining to English Language Learners, reform of organizational structures, literacy and the context of leadership in schools.

Ernest Morrell, PhD, is the inaugural Macy Professor of English Education in the department of Arts and Humanities, and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ernest is also the past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and a Class of 2014 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).


Jodene Morrell, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; Director of the Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI) Project at IUME; Senior Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College; former ELD elementary teacher and middle school literacy specialist.

Anne O’Mara, Ed.M., has been a Classroom Teacher, an Elementary Principal, an Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools.   Currently, as President of O’Mara Educational Consulting, she customizes workshops for districts throughout the country. Anne’s presentations are action packed with a learner friendly style, leaving participants with a deeper knowledge of the topic and ready to try something new.


Patrick C. Walker, PhD, is the Chairman of the Board of the Education for Democracy Institute, the founder and senior author of Voices, and a senior author of the Literacy for Democracy Curriculum.

Darnell Thigpen Williams, Ed.M., is the Associate Director of Professional Development at the Collaborative for Educational Services for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) Education Contract. He brings over 20 years of urban education experience in a variety of settings:  classroom teacher, staff developer, curriculum specialist, program developer, and adjunct professor. He was also previously the professional development director for Voices Publishing and Zaner-Bloser.



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