Marcus Conyers is an author and international speaker on innovation, learning, leading, and cultivating 21st century competencies. His global perspective has been honed by his work in 30 countries and his passion for empowering all learners to reach their unique potential. Conyers serves as director of communications for the Center for Innovative Education and Prevention.
Frances Spielhagen earned her PhD in 2002 from Fordham University Graduate School of Education and accepted a position at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. In 2003, she received a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the American Educational Research Association to engage in research from 2003 to 2006 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where she explored access to advanced mathematics instruction. Dr. Spielhagen is a career educator with 30 years’ experience as a middle school and high school teacher. She is currently Associate Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research and Development at that institution. In addition to many conference presentations and journal publications, Dr. Spielhagen was the principal author and editor of Debating Single-Sex Education: Separate and Equal?, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2008. Dr. Spielhagen and her husband, Jerry, have been married for 43 years and have two children, Amy and Jeremy, and one grandchild, Cecilia.
Kristen C. Wilcox is a visiting assistant professor in educational theory and practice at the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she teaches research methodology and teaching methods for second and foreign language teachers. Her research interests focus on the influence of national and state policy on educational outcomes in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts. She regularly presents findings at national and international conferences, and her analyses of the relationships of language, culture, and academic achievement in classrooms from kindergarten to college can be found in a variety of publications on literacy, school change, and assessment (Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, The Educational Forum, Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies, and Education and Urban Society). Wilcox has worked as a K–12 ESL teacher, curriculum coordinator, and college professor in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. Her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. are all from the University at Albany. With Janet Angelis she is author of Best Practices from High-Performing Middle Schools.