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Benjamin Burns, a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, focusing on K-12 Leadership, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is currently researching resistance to equity-focused change efforts in public education and how to view this resistance not as a construct to be dealt with, but rather a developmental process that can further equity-focused work.  He previously earned a BS in Psychology from UW-Madison, a MA and EdS in School Psychology from UW-La Crosse, and an administrator's (principal) license from Viterbo University.  He has seven years of experience in public education, most of them working as a school psychologist for the school district of La Crosse.

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I am the elementary principal, summer school coordinator, and transportation director at New Glarus School District in New Glarus, WI. Prior to my administrator position, I was a first and second grade teacher.  My interest is in providing high levels of learning and achievement for ALL students particularly in the area of reading education.

      Laura Eicher 



Aaron Engel is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and is currently researching how to overcome resistance to inclusion in the general education setting for students with disabilities. He earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a B.S. in Biology and Science Education at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He holds a M.S.E. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Superior. He has taught life science and was a middle and high school principal. He is currently serving as the District Administrator for the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District in Western Wisconsin.

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Jeff Fleig is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin and is currently researching how does the superintendent or district level leadership develop the social justice identity of principals so they can lead for equitable ends for students labeled with a disability, students from low-income families, students of color, students who culturally and linguistically diverse, and students who are LGBTQ?. He earned an MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a BS in Elementary Education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Fleig has three years of formal middle school teaching experience in the La Crosse School district, as well as 18 years as a school administrator including the last 5 years as principal of La Crosse Central High School.

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Sheltreese D. McCoy is a PhD candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis department. She pursues research that aims to characterize and explore the experiences of LGBTQ people of color in higher education with a special emphasis on student affairs and campus climate. Working with minoritized communities, she hopes to develop policies and practices that will improve campus climate; as part of this work, she is also interested in social justice approaches to reduce oppressive structures. Sheltreese is currently focused on LGBTQ student of color campus engagement and cultural center usage. She holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor's degree in sociology and ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University. She has twelve years of formal social justice experience in the United States as well as nine years of higher education education experience in Wisconsin.

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Heather L. Roth is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin.  Heather’s research focus includes reducing the effects of generational poverty on K12 students.  As well as, researching methods to create an integrated experience for traditionally marginalized students that enhance equitable opportunities while reducing the need for additional resources.  She earned a MS in Special Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Heather has experience as a special education teacher in an urban setting where she also served on various district level leadership teams with a focus on equity and learning.  Heather serves ELPA as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Colleen Capper.

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Charles Wiza is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this is the same program he received his Masters degree from in 2013.  He is currently researching how the role of district office leadership, specifically the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Director of student services have evolved to lead for social justice and equity?  Prior to his studies at Wisconsin Madison, he received his undergraduate degree in Special Education and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he went on to teach courses as a lecturer in the Special Education Department.   Charles Spent three years teaching in Menomonee Falls before taking a leadership position as a Program Support Teacher.  Charles is now in his third year as a Director of Pupil Services and is currently working in the Brown Deer School District.  Charles is married to his beautiful wife Kristin Wiza, and has a healthy baby boy named Charles Scott Wiza II.

      Charles Wiza        


Danyelle Wright is a special education teacher for the Verona Area School District in Verona, Verona, WI. Danyelle resides in Dane County with her husband Alonzo and her two daughters, Demii and Dallis.

Danyelle deeply desires to bring about a more equitable educational culture whereby all students irregardless of their racial, social or socioeconomic background can achieve their ultimate potential.

In addition, Danyelle is interested in critical race theory and racial identity within a secondary school environment.

    Danyelle Wright     

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