Dr. Kevin Kumashiro is an internationally recognized expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice, with a wide-ranging list of accomplishments and awards as a scholar, educator, leader, and advocate. He is the former Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, and is the award-winning author or editor of ten books, including Bad Teacher!: How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture, Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice, and most recently, Surrendered: Why Progressives are Losing the Biggest Battles in Education. His recent awards include the 2016 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Dr. Etta Hollins is professor emerita, Ewing Marion Kauffman/Missouri Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She is well known in the field of professional education for her leadership, research, and scholarship on teaching and teacher preparation. She has been an invited speaker and consultant for state departments of education, universities, and school districts across the nation. Her publications are cited by national and international scholars. She has been an invited speaker for major national professional organizations. Dr. Hollins has numerous single and co-author publications. Recent publications include Evaluating the Clinical Component of Teacher Preparation Programs (National Academy of Education, 2021), Rethinking Teacher Preparation Program Design (Routledge, 2021), Teaching to Transform Urban Schools and Communities (Routledge, 2019), Rethinking Field Experiences in Preservice Teacher Preparation (Routledge, 2015), and Teacher Preparation for Quality Teaching (Journal of Teacher Education, 2011). She has conducted two 3-year longitudinal studies on teaching literacy in grades K-4, one of which is described in her book Learning to Teach in Urban Schools (Routledge, 2012).
Dr. Hollins has received numerous awards and recognition for her work including lifetime achievement awards from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Pittsburg State University (Kansas). In 2015, she received the AERA Presidential Citation for her work in advancing knowledge for teaching and learning for urban and underserved students. She received the AERA Division K 2016 Legacy Award. In 2018, Dr. Hollins received the honor of induction as an AERA fellow for her contributions and national leadership in preservice teacher preparation. In 2022, she received the Labette County Community College (Kansas) Cardinal Award for lifetime Achievement. She has received two outstanding book awards from the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education.
Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, a research professor in the Institute for Social Research, and the director of TeachingWorks. She taught elementary school for more than 15 years and continues to teach children every summer. Ball’s research focuses on the practice of teaching, using elementary mathematics as a critical context for investigating the challenges of building relationships with children and helping children develop agency and understanding, and on leveraging the power of teaching to disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity. Ball is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on ways to improve the quality of beginning teaching to advance justice. Ball has authored more than 150 publications and has lectured and made major presentations around the world. She has also developed distinctive collections of video records of practice that are broadly used to make practice visible. Her research has been recognized with several awards and honors, and she has served on national and international commissions and panels focused on the improvement of education. She served as president of the American Educational Research Association from 2017 to 2018, as a member of the National Science Board from 2013 to 2018, and as dean of the University of Michigan School of Education from 2005 to 2016. Ball has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education and is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the American Educational Research Association.
Dan Otter, Ph.D. is a former elementary school teacher, professor, associate dean, author, and executive director of www.403bwise.org, a non-profit organization working to fix the broken K-12 403(b) plan. Money Magazine named him a “Money Hero” for his "extraordinary efforts to improve others' financial well-being." Investment News named him 2023 Industry Innovator. Dan has appeared on National Public Radio and the Bob Brinker Show. He is the author of several personal finance books: Teach and Retire Rich, Financial Literacy for the Young (and Young at Heart), and The 403(b) Wise Guide. He co-hosts the Teach and Retire Rich podcast with CFP® Scott Dauenhauer.
Scott Dauenhauer, CFP, MPAS is the founder of Meridian Wealth Management, a fee-only, fiduciary financial planning practice that has primarily served educators for the past twenty years. He is also the co-founder of the non-profit 403bwise.org where he serves as Director of Research among other roles. 403bwise.org advocates for better, lower cost investment choices for educators. Scott is the author of Wild West: Providing Fiduciary Advice to Public School Employees and the co-author of The 403bwise Guide.
Scott has been a featured speaker on topics that affect educator’s retirement and has worked with many large state retirement systems to develop their defined contribution retirement programs. While Scott is not currently taking on new clients, he continues to service his existing clients while promoting the ideals of 403bwise through podcasts, weekly Zoom events, blog posts, interviews with reporters and nationwide speaking events.