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A person wearing glassesDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceDr. Linda Dale Bloomberg is founder of Bloomberg Associates, ILIAD (Institute for Learning Innovations and Adult Development) and Advanced Learning Solutions, and a co-founder of Columbia University’s Global Learning and Leadership Institute. She previously served as senior researcher for the South African Human Sciences Research Council and National Institute for Personnel Research, focusing on change management, diversity initiatives, and workplace learning. 

Since 2013, she has worked with Northcentral University’s School of Education as associate director of faculty support and development and full professor of education. In this capacity, she coaches and evaluates online faculty, develops curriculum for graduate research courses, and serves as dissertation chair and subject matter expert for online doctoral candidates. She also serves in an advisory and leadership capacity for the University’s community engagement platform and was a founding member of the University Diversity Committee.

She consults to numerous research and nonprofit advisory boards and was invited to serve on the Future Talent Council, Global Advisory Board for Faculty and Staff Development, and as mentor in residence for SAGE Publications. Dr. Bloomberg presents regularly at national and international professional conferences on topics related to qualitative research, online learning, and professional development for online pedagogy. She is the author and editor of numerous publications in these fields, including Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Road Map From Beginning to End (5th ed. in press), and the recently published Designing and Delivering Effective Online Instruction: How to Engage Adult Learners (nominated for 2021 Division of Distance Learning for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology). 

Linda received her doctorate in Adult and Organizational Learning from Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds master’s degrees in adult education from the University of Cleveland, and counseling psychology and organizational psychology from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.


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Dr. Quincey Daniels is an assistant professor at Northcentral University and a former Major in the U.S. Army, special education teacher, and K-12 principal. He is married and has 11 children and 7 grandchildren.  He is a proponent of Critical Race Theory and ethnographic research and a member of the National University System’s council on social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he now resides in Wisconsin, where he serves on Governor Evers’ Wisconsin Technical College System Board and the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. 




A person wearing glassesDescription automatically generated with medium confidenceDr. Charlotte Gallagher-Immenschuh is an educator in San Antonio, TX.  She currently serves as the owner and director of the Kumon Math and Reading Center of San Antonio – Alamo Heights, instructing students with an array of learning goals. Charlotte has taught in the public and private sectors, instructed classes online, created differentiated learning programs, is an instructional coach to homeschool and unschooled students, develops and implements teacher development, is an advocate for students and parents, and develops creative approaches to curriculum implementation. She is an active scholar, presents at various conferences, recently published a book chapter in collaboration with colleagues, and serves as a scholarly peer reviewer. Dr. Gallagher-Immenschuh received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in English as a second language from Northcentral University, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in equity, ethics, and justice from Concordia University – Portland, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from The University of the Incarnate Word. Charlotte is an active philanthropist and serves as the Governing Board Chair of Seton Home. She has over 20 years of teaching experience in San Antonio, where she resides with her husband and children and considers herself a forever student who is passionate about learning through the perspective of her students. 




Dr. Maggie Broderick (she / her / hers) is an associate professor at Northcentral University, with roles in curriculum and assessment. She currently serves as the program lead for the ELL specialization, teaches graduate-level courses, and serves as a dissertation chair and subject matter expert on doctoral dissertation committees. Maggie is an active scholar, presenting at many conferences and publishing book chapters and journal articles, often in collaboration with colleagues and former students. She also serves as a scholarly peer reviewer, a content expert writing curriculum, and a provider of professional development activities for in-service teachers. Dr. Broderick received her Ph.D. in foreign language education at the University of Pittsburgh and her BS (Music Education) and MS (Education) degrees at Duquesne University. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education, including eight years of teaching experience in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and additional PK-12 and higher education teaching experience in various teaching contexts. Dr. Broderick lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her family and is passionate about teaching and learning at all levels.  









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Jennifer De Lapp, PhD student, School of Education, Northcentral University. Formerly a high school special education teacher, specializing in adolescents who endured adverse childhood experiences and continued to live in traumatic life conditions.



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Dr. Gary Walker-Roberts (they/them/theirs), faculty member in the School of Education and Alumnx Navigator in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Northcentral University. My passion is to advocate for student equity in online learning environments. 



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  Christy Sholola, National Education Partners (NEP), IDD Editor

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 Steven Jusu, doctoral candidate, School of Education at Northcentral University



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Cary Gillenwater, professor in Northcentral University's School of Education. Cary received his PhD from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. 



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Connie S. Graska, M.Ed., Ph.D. Student in the School of Education specializing in Early Childhood Education




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