Dr. Todd Bloomquist serves as the Director for Special Services, Technology, and Instructional Improvement for the Grants Pass School District in Grants Pass, OR. He has been working in public schools for 25 years in the role of teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director. Dr. Bloomquist has been a member of the Oregon State Assessment Advisory group since 2004 and has served on a number of state committees, including the most recent Oregon legislative workgroup around the implementation of the Smarter Balanced state assessment. Dr. Bloomquist also teaches as an adjunct faculty member for Southern Oregon University.
Michelle Center is Director of the Assessment Development and Administration Division. Michelle has worked her entire career in assessments including licensure, personnel, and K-12 large scale assessments. She holds a masters’ degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology and has worked for CDE since 2001. Michelle was instrumental in crafting the vision of the California Assessment System including the Superintendent’s Recommendations Report on the Future of the Assessment System and the Assembly Bill 484. She serves as the California k-12 State Lead for Smarter Balanced and oversaw the implementation of the first year of Smarter Balanced Assessments in California. Michelle continues to work closely with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, promoting California’s interests in computer-based assessments.
Tanya Golden is celebrating 12 years as a sixth-grade general education teacher for the ABC Unified School District. Ms. Golden has instructed new teachers as a Master Teacher, Teacher Leader for English Language Arts, SBAC Testing Coordinator, and written curriculum for district-wide use in English Language Arts. She served as a committee member of the Statewide Special Education Task Force for California, American Federation of Teachers Ambassador for SBAC, and currently serves on the CAASPP Stakeholder’s committee. She is also an active member of her union: the Negotiation Team, Vice President of Elementary, Thinking Math Facilitator, Curriculum Liaison, and Secretary for the EC/TK-12 Council of the California Federation of Teacher.
Kandi Graves is a teacher of 24 years in the state of Vermont. She spent two years teaching middle school special education, then spent the majority of her years teaching middle school math in a regular education classroom grades 6-8. In the past three years, she has moved into a district role as a math coach. She has spent the last three years digging deeply into the SBAC testing, implementation and data. She works closely with classroom teachers to utilize the tests and results to their fullest potential.
Susan is currently the Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Planning Department in the San Juan Unified School District. For the past 25 years, she has been an educator working as a middle school math teacher, curriculum specialist, vice-principal and district assessment coordinator before becoming the Director of Assessment in 2014. She has a Master of Education in Educational Management from the University of La Verne and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
A product of the school district that he now serves, Mike Nelson is Coeur d’Alene Public Schools’ Director of Curriculum and Assessment. In addition to his title of Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Dr. Nelson worked for fourteen years as an elementary and high school Spanish teacher and administratively has served as a principal, curriculum/instruction director and worked collaboratively with special services, technology, and other school district supports. In 2005, Nelson was honored as the Milken National Educator Award winner for his work in technology integration, engagement, and instructional practices.
Jim is currently a fifth-year as Curriculum Director of Butte School District in Montana. Previous to this position, he served as principal of Margaret Leary Elementary School for 12 years. He began his educational career as a 5th and 6th grade teacher in Fallon, NV and Butte, MT. In his current position, he works as the K-12 Curriculum Director, the Technology Director, Title I Director, and 21st Century Community Learning Grant Director.
Jennifer began her career in education as a middle school and high school teacher of English, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. Her strong interest in the needs of English Learners eventually led her to the Michigan Department of Education where she managed the development and administration of the state’s English language proficiency assessment. In recent years, Jennifer’s work has included serving as co-chair of the Smarter Balanced workgroup focused on accessibility and ensuring all of Michigan’s assessments include necessary tools, supports, and accommodations now and in the future.