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Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute to Advance International Education, USA Professor (adjunct) of Literacy at University of Central Florida, USA

Dr. Thomas DeVere Wolsey is the Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute to Advance International Education . He teaches graduate literacy courses online at the University of Central Florida. He worked in public schools for twenty years teaching English and social studies. Prior to working with IAIE, he served as program director for all graduate literacy programs at a large mid-western university. Currently, his publications appear in The Journal of Educational Administration and The Journal of Literacy Research and Instruction, and others. His books are published by Pearson, Corwin Press, Guilford Press, and Holcomb Hathaway. A new digital-only book came out from Holcomb Hathaway in 2013. Two new books featuring graphic organizers as literacy learning tools were released in October 2014. He served as co-editor of The California Reader, and, with colleagues he guest-edited issues of The Journal of Educational Administration and Teacher Education Quarterly. He is a frequent guest speaker in Latin America on language learning topics.





Professional Development Expert High School TeacherCurriculum Developer

Paula W. Dreyfuss was a continuation/alternative high school teacher from Bonita Unified School District. She earned her masters degree from Walden University. She earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and her teaching credential from California Polytechnic Institute in Pomona. Prior to her service as a teacher, she was a curriculum developer for a large online commercial education company. She has also worked in construction and development finance. Currently Paula is working as a highly-qualified trainer for the Institute of Advance International Education.



Senior Educational Advisor, Institute to Advance International EducationProfessor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Michael Graves is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at the University of Minnesota and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. His research and writing focus on vocabulary learning and instruction and comprehension instruction. His recent books include Teaching Vocabulary to English-Language Learners (2012, with Diane August and Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez), Reading Better, Reading Smarter: Designing Literature Lessons for Adolescents (2011, with Deborah Appleman), Essential Readings on Vocabulary Instruction (2009), Teaching Individual Words: One Size Does Not Fit All (2009), and The Vocabulary Book (2006). He has served as a consultant for a range of government, nonprofit, and commercial organizations; as editor of the Journal of Reading Behavior and associate editor of Research in the Teaching of English; and on the editorial review boards for Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, and Journal of Reading.University of Minnesota


Senor Educational Advisor, Institute to Advance International Education CEO of TextProject.Org

Dr. Elfrieda Freddy Hiebert is President and CEO of TextProject, a nonprofit that provides open-access resources to support higher reading levels, and a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Hiebert received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been on the faculties of the Universities of Kentucky, Colorado-Boulder, Michigan, and California-Berkeley. Her research addresses how fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge can be fostered through appropriate texts. Dr. Hieberts research has been published in numerous scholarly journals. She has also authored or edited nine books. Dr. Hiebert was the 2008 recipient of the William S. Gray Citation of Merit (awarded by the International Reading Association). She is also a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and the 2013 recipient of the American Educational Research Associations Research to Practice (Interpretive) award.DR. ELFRIEDA HIEBERTTextProject



Senior Educational Advisor for Assessment, Institute to Advance International EducationDirector of Assessment, College of Education, Northcentral University

Dr. Patricia Henry has worked in K-12 and higher education as an instructor, administrator, assessment coordinator, and currently serves as Director of Assessment for the School of Education at an online University. Her K-12 experiences have focused on at-risk, exceptional, and English speakers of other language students as well as teacher effectiveness, student success and leadership, and school-wide assessment and accreditation. Her higher education experiences range from social change to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and accreditation. She has been globally recognized for implementing an online project management training program focused on project delivery, assessment, risk management, and cultural awareness for project teams and educational and business leaders.



Senior Educational Advisor , Institute to Advance International EducationProfessor, Molloy College

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is a professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. A Fulbright Scholar and author/editor of 15 books, she is a sought-after key-note speaker and workshop presenter. She frequently offers staff development primarily focusing on effective differentiated strategies and collaborative practices for English-as-a-second-language and general-education teachers. Molloy CollegeProfessional Development Site



Senior Educational Advisor, Institute to Advance International EducationDistinguished Professor of Education, San Diego State University

Dr. Diane Lapp is Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University. Her work at the University continues to be very applied to schools. Throughout her career Diane has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools. In 2012-14 she has once again had the opportunity to return to the classroom to teach 6th grade English and Earth Science at Health Sciences Middle School (HSMS) in San Diego. Diane is also an instructional coach at both the middle school and Health Sciences High and Middle College (HSHMC). Dianes major areas of research and instruction regard issues related to struggling readers and writers, their families, and their teachers. Currently a coeditor of Voices From The Middle, published by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Dr. Lapp has authored, coauthored and edited numerous articles, columns, texts, handbooks and childrens materials on reading, language arts, and instructional issues. San Diego State University



Senior Educational Advisor, Institute to Advance International EducationAssociate Director and Graduate Advisor, Regulatory Science, San Diego State University

Dr. Lorah Bodie is the Associate Director/Graduate Advisor for Regulatory Science at San Diego State University. She has over twenty years of leadership experience in strategic planning, organizational development, partnership development, and program management, complemented by a varied background and training in change management and continuous quality improvement.San Diego State University



Senior Educational Advisor, Institute to Advance International EducationE-Learning expert

Dr. Sabine Reljic is an expert on virtual worlds and e-learning. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the curricular aspects of cultures and languages. LinkedIn



Senior Educational Advisor, Institute to Advance International EducationInterim Dean, College of Education, Northcentral University

Dr. Kelley Walters has more than 25 years in the field of education. She has served as a teacher, elementary principal, and language arts consultant and now serves as Interim Dean of Northcentral University. She was recently nominated for Laureate International Universities Global Product and Service Award and has received Walden Universitys 2012 Presidential Award of Faculty Excellence, awarded to only 2 faculty members annually, and Kappa Delta Pis Teacher of Honor Award.