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Charo Basterra

Maria Del Rosario (Charo) Basterra

Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
Deputy Director – Center for Education Equity

Charo is an educational psychologist with over 30 years of experience on issues related to educational evaluation, English Language Learners, family engagement, multicultural education, and early childhood education. At MAEC, Charo provides technical assistance to SEAs and LEAs to promote the academic achievement of English Learners K-12. She also manages MAEC’s evaluation programs and activities. Charo has edited several books, including Cultural Validity in Assessment: Addressing Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. Previously she worked at the Smithsonian Institution as Manager of Multicultural Programs and at the Organization of American States where she conducted studies on Preschool Education in Latin America. Charo holds a B.A. from Catholic University in Lima, Peru and a M.A. in Education from Temple University. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

Dr. A. Wade Boykin

Dr. A. Wade Boykin

Professor, Director of Graduate Program, Department of Psychology, Howard University
Executive Director, Capstone Institute at Howard University

Dr. Boykin is a leading educational psychologist and researcher in the areas of research methodology, the interface of culture, context, motivation and cognition, Black child development; and academic achievement in the American social context. Besides serving on MAEC’s board, Dr. Boykin is a member of the following organizations: American Psychological Association Task Force on Educational Disparities, the Research Advisory Panel for the National Minority Student Achievement Network, and Project Grad USA. Dr. Boykin served on the President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel to inform the use of effective practices to increase academic performance of American students in Mathematics. He is a widely published author, his most recent publication, co-authored with Pedro Noguera, is Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving from Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

James Early

Dr. James Early

Former Director of Cultural Heritage Policy, Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, Smithsonian Institution

James Counts Early retired from the Smithsonian Institution in March 2015 after thirty-one years of service in a multitude of positions. He served as assistant provost for educational and cultural programs, assistant secretary for education and public service, and interim director of the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. A long-time advocate for cultural diversity and equity issues in national and international cultural and educational institutions, his applied research explores participatory museology, cultural democracy statecraft policy, capitalist and socialist discourses in cultural policy, and Afro-Latin politics, history, and cultural democracy. He curated several Folklife Festival programs including South Africa: Crafting the Economic Renaissance of the Rainbow Nation (1999) and Sacred Sounds: Belief and Society (1997). James Early holds a B.A. in Spanish from Morehouse College and completed graduate work (A.B.D.) in Latin American and Caribbean history, with a minor in African and African American history, at Howard University.

Ginny Gong

Ginny Gong

Director, Office of Community Use of Public Facilities, Montgomery County, MD

Ms. Gong is a successful businesswoman, an accomplished educator, public speaker, human resource administrator/trainer, talk show host, and community leader. Her passion for community involvement and civil rights stems from her over three decades of commitment to the OCA, an Asian American advocacy organization with chapters nationwide, for which she served four terms as its National President. In her current position, Ms. Gong is responsible for community use of public facilities in Montgomery County (MD) and is the host of the weekly talk show series “Ginny’s…where East meets West,” currently in its 17th year. Previously, she served as a human resources administrator responsible for the recruitment, retention, and development of teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools. Ms. Gong served on the Governor’s first Asian American Advisory Committee and the Governor’s Advisory Council on New Americans, serving as its first chairperson. Her published autobiography about growing up in the back of a Chinese laundry, From Ironing Board to Corporate Board: the Chinese Laundry Experience, is widely accredited.

Jill Moss Greenberg

Jill Moss Greenberg

Former Executive Director, Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

Ms. Moss Greenberg has more than forty-five years of experience in the field of education including: Director of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME); Program Consultant for Homeless Children and Their Families in Baltimore County Public Schools; Multicultural Program Coordinator at the Mid- Atlantic Equity Center; and Vocational Equity Specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education. She has been a fierce advocate for women’s rights and history, leading to her induction into the Maryland’s State Women’s Hall of Fame. She has also received multiple awards including the Educators Award of National Association for Multicultural Education and Outstanding Business and Community Leadership Award. Ms. Greenberg holds an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Connecticut. She has also received multiple awards including the Educator’s Award of National Association for Multicultural Education and Outstanding Business and Community Leadership Award.

Jennifer Love

Jennifer Love

Parent Involvement Specialist in the Department of International Programs, Prince George's County Public Schools, MD

In Ms. Love’s current role she ensures that across Prince George’s County, international parents are equally informed and have the ability to fully participate in meetings and workshops—and that language is never a barrier. Her journey in the field of education began as a Spanish teacher, which led her to serve as instructional specialist in World Languages, assistant principal at a high needs high school, and now district leader. Ms. Love is committed to implementing systemic programs to increase international parent education and family engagement, ultimately serving as the President of the Maryland ELL Family Involvement Network (MELLFIN). She earned her B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish and an M.A. of Education in Foreign Language Education from Wake Forest University.

Joy Thomas Moore

Joy Thomas Moore

President and CEO, JWS Media Consulting

Ms. Moore is a widely esteemed media consultant, journalist, and editor. She brings to her work a commitment to finding innovative ways to use media and messaging techniques to further and deepen the goals of her clients. Her experience spans over three decades where she previously served as the Manager of Making Connections Communications and Media Projects with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, leading the Foundation’s national initiative into television documentaries, radio programs, and media-based community projects. Ms. Moore has contributed to numerous local and nationally syndicated television programs as a freelance writer and field producer in the New York City area, held a variety of editorial positions at WMAL-AM radio in Washington, D.C., and served as an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at Howard University. She is the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow and George Foster Peabody Awards for Public Service, No Greater Love Foundation Award, Clarion Award for Public Service, and Chesapeake Associated Press Award. Besides her board membership with MAEC, Ms. Moore is also on the boards of the Dean’s National Alumni Advisory Board at the American University School of Communications, the Media Impact Funders, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Maryland Public Television. She earned both her B.A. in Urban Communications and an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism at American University.

Barbara Scherr

Barbara R. Scherr

Family Involvement Coordinator, Maryland State Department of Education

Ms. Scherr has had more than 25 years of public service working in the areas of childcare, safe and drug-free schools, homeless education, family literacy, and family engagement. Her primary responsibility is building capacity for educators by providing technical assistance and training to Maryland’s school systems and on family, school, and community engagement as defined by Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She was instrumental in developing several statewide parent outreach initiatives including a family literacy campaign, Take 15 for the Family; Title I Parent Involvement training model for school teams, and most recently Maryland’s PreK-12 Family Engagement Framework. Ms. Scherr’s vision is to encourage, equip, and empower educators to increase effective family engagement and community partnerships for increased academic performance of all children.

Susan Shaffer

Susan Shaffer

President – Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium, Inc.
Executive Director – Center for Education Equity

Ms. Shaffer has been a nationally recognized expert for more than four decades. Her transformational work in public schools has centered on the development of comprehensive technical assistance, training on educational equity, and multicultural gender-related issues. Ms. Shaffer has published extensively on gender equity, family engagement, civil rights, multicultural education, and disability. Her most recent publications are a co-edited journal, Equity-Centered Capacity Building: Essential Approaches for Excellence & Sustainable School System Transformation, and co-authored book, How to Connect with your iTeen: A Parenting Road Map. Ms. Shaffer serves on several boards, including the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement (co-founder), School of Education, Bowie State University, MD, the MD Women’s Heritage Center, and Harmony through Education. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her service, leadership, and significant contribution to curricular materials on women. She holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Warren Simmons

Dr. Warren Simmons

Former Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

Dr. Simmons directed and led the strategic vision for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, developed to improve conditions and outcomes in American urban and high-needs schools. Previously, Dr. Simmons headed the Philadelphia Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that played a key role in helping the School District of Philadelphia implement a comprehensive school reform agenda called Children Achieving, ensuring that all children could have access to a high quality education. As a grant maker at the National Institute of Education and Annie E. Casey Foundation, he developed and funded initiatives on youth and adult literacy, community development, and urban school reform. He also served as Director of Equity Initiatives for the New Standards Project, a coalition of 17 states and six school districts focused on designing performance-based assessments, advanced curricular reforms, and instructional reforms. Dr. Simmons received his B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul and earned a doctorate in psychology from Cornell University.

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