About the Presenters
Ruth A. Kaminski, Ph.D.
Ruth A. Kaminski, Ph.D., is the CEO/COO and Director of Research and Development for Acadience Learning and co-author of Acadience™ Reading (also published under the name DIBELS Next®) as well as earlier versions of the DIBELS® assessment. Dr. Kaminski’s academic background includes degrees in Speech Pathology, Early Intervention, and School Psychology. She has conducted research on assessment and preventative interventions for preschool and early elementary age children for the past 25 years. Dr. Kaminski has extensive experience providing consultation to Head Start agencies and public schools throughout the United States and abroad. In addition, she has over 10 years’ experience as a classroom teacher and speech/language clinician with preschool age children. In 2007, Dr. Kaminski was selected as the recipient of Pennsylvania State University’s Excellence in Education Award, the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of the College of Education.
Roland H. Good, III, Ph.D.
Roland H. Good, III, Ph.D., is President, Director of Research Analysis, and Associate Director of Research and Development for Acadience Learning and co-author of Acadience™ Reading (also published under the name DIBELS Next®) as well as earlier versions of the DIBELS® assessment. Dr. Good completed his undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education, and he has two years’ experience as a teacher in elementary general education and special education classrooms. He earned his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in School Psychology and served two years as a school psychologist. For the past 25 years, Dr. Good has led the program of research and development culminating in the Acadience Reading measures. Dr. Good has provided professional development regarding the use of these measures to educators and administrators throughout the United States. He has also served on the editorial boards for School Psychology Review, School Psychology Quarterly, and the Journal of Special Education and has presented more than 100 papers at national conferences. In 2005, Penn State awarded Dr. Good its Excellence in Education Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of education.
Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D.
Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D., is the Director of Professional Development and a Research Scientist at Acadience Learning. Dr. Stollar is a nationally certified school psychologist and a 1996 graduate of the doctoral program in school psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a school psychologist and as an assistant professor in the school psychology program at the University of South Florida. Additionally, she provides professional development and consultation to school districts on the use of direct assessment measures, including Acadience™ Reading (also published under the name DIBELS Next®), to improve outcomes for all students.
Alisa Dorman, M.Ed.
Alisa Dorman, M.Ed., serves as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Acadience Learning. Her experience as an educator ranges from teaching in elementary and intermediate schools to directing and managing state and federal programs for both the Colorado and Oklahoma State Departments of Education. She is also the former Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning, a publishing partner of Acadience Learning. Ms. Dorman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a emphasis in Early Childhood and Master’s in Education degrees in Reading and School Counseling. For more than 20 years, she has been providing professional development to educators on evidence-based instructional strategies and assessment.
Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D., NCSP
Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D., NCSP, is Vice President and Associate Director of Research & Development at Acadience Learning, where she conducts research on assessment and intervention related to early childhood language and literacy development. Dr. Powell-Smith, a nationally certified school psychologist, obtained her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon. She is a former Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida. She was a faculty associate of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and a consultant with the Eastern Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center (ERRFTAC). She has provided training in formative assessment and academic interventions in 22 states and Canada. Dr. Powell-Smith has conducted research related to children with various learning and behavioral difficulties, has served on the editorial boards for School Psychology Review, Psychology in the Schools, School Psychology Forum, Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, and Proven Practice in the Prevention and Remediation of School Problems, and has conducted over 230 national, state, and regional workshops and presentations.
Courtney E. Wheeler, Ph.D.
Dr. Courtney E. Wheeler, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at Acadience Learning, where she conducts research on assessments related to mathematics and early childhood language and literacy development. Dr. Wheeler is the project director and lead author of Acadience™ Math (previously available under the name DIBELS® Math). She obtained her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon in 2010 and served as a school psychologist in rural and urban school districts. Dr. Wheeler also has experience providing formal technical assistance and training to schools on the use of Curriculum-Based Measurement and on Response-to-Intervention through a variety of positions including her Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Mary I. Abbott, Ph.D.
Dr. Mary Abbott is a Senior Research Scientist at Acadience Learning. Across her 30+ years of working in the area of literacy instruction, she has been a school teacher, reading specialist, private clinician, and Research Professor at University of Kansas: Juniper Gardens Children’s Project. Dr. Abbott’s current responsibilities at Acadience Learning include leading and co-authoring two research/development teams: Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI®) and Acadience™ Reading 7-9 (previously available under the name CARI). Her research interests include: literacy assessment from preschool through adult literacy, implementation of evidence-based research strategies, and implementation of three-tier models. Mary is well-published through a collection of journal articles and book chapters. She has authored and co-authored numerous curricula, frequently presented at conferences, and has conducted well over 100 literacy-related teacher in-service trainings.
In addition to these trainers, we also have the privilege of working and training with other leaders in the field.