Professional Advisory Board

EunMi Cho, Ed.D., Chair

eunmi-choAlong with serving on LDA’s Professional Advisory Board, Dr. Cho has been serving LDA on the Conference Program Committee and Proposal Reviewer, and LDA of California as Multicultural Committee Chair, Northern California/East Bay LDA President. Previously, Cho has served as Vice-President and Teacher Credential and Development Committee Chair, LDA of California Sacramento Affiliate Director, and Treasurer. Cho is a Special Education Professor at California State University Sacramento, Parent Advocate, Consultant for the California Department of Education, Special Education Division, and Bilingual/Multicultural Program Reviewer of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Curriculum Consultant, Teacher’s Curriculum Institute based on needs. She also serves the Joy Research and Training Center for The Disabled as an Executive Board Member and Conference Program Planning Committee Chair in the USA and Overseas (China, Korea, Philippines, and Uganda). She is also a Founder and Coordinator, “One Mind Group: Parents Support Group” in California and Editor and Board Member of Journals of Special Children Education and Korean Learning Disabilities in S. Korea While serving the Medical Investigation for Neuro-developmental Disorders Summer Institute as a Program Planning Committee. Cho holds an Ed.D. in Multicultural and Special Education, an MA. in Special Education, Resource Specialist Certificate, Special Education Teaching Credentials, Multiple Subject Credentials in California and in South Korea. Over thirty years publishing/presenting research papers in local, state, nationwide, international levels. The main topics have been effective instruction/assessment for students with LDs or English learners with disabilities, intercultural communication styles and transforming parents as their children’s advocacy.

David Allsopp, Ph.D.

Dr. Allsopp is professor of special education, Assistant Dean of Educator Preparation and Partnerships, and Endowed Chair/Director of the David C. Anchin Center in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, focusing on instructional methods for students with high incidence disabilities and research methods for developing and validating effective practices for students with disabilities. During his 23 years in academia, he has contributed extensively to the field of special education through research, writing, resource development, and presentations. In addition to numerous peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Allsopp is co-author of five books including Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully: Solutions for Struggling Learners (2nd Edition), Mathematics RTI: A Problem Solving Approach to Creating an Effective Model, and Academic Success Strategies for Adolescents with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, which has been published in three languages including English.​

Manju Banerjee, Ph.D.

ManjuBanerjeeManju Banerjee, Ph.D., is Vice President and Director of Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) and Associate Professor at Landmark College. Dr. Banerjee has over 28 years of experience in the field of learning disabilities, AD/HD, and postsecondary education, and is a certified diagnostician and teacher-consultant on learning disabilities. She has published and presented extensively, both nationally and internationally, on topics such as Universal Design for Instruction, disability documentation and accommodations, and technological competencies for postsecondary transition and online learning. She was Co-PI of $1.03 million U.S. Dept. of Education demonstration project grant (#P333A080053) on “UDI Online: Applying Universal Design for Instruction to Online and Blended Courses” awarded in 2008 and completed in 2012. She currently teaches a graduate level online course on Universal Design: Principles and Practice. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Postsecondary Education Disability, Professional Advisory Board member to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and a consultant to Educational Testing Service. She received her doctoral degree from the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, on the application of Universal Design to assessment practices for students with LD and AD/HD.

Loring Brinckerhoff, Ph.D.

Dr. Loring C. Brinckerhoff is the Director of the Office of Disability Policy for Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. He is also a higher education and disability consultant to Harvard Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. in learning disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he started the LD Support Services office in the McBurney Disability Resource Center. His primary responsibilities at ETS are to oversee testing accommodations for 12,000+ test takers with disabilities who are seeking accommodations on ETS brands high stakes tests, and training and supervision of over 30 experts who review disability documentation for ETS.

Margaret K. Carroll, Ed.D.

carrollDr. Carroll began her career as a special education teacher, serving students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disabilities. She is currently professor in the School of Education at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, the program chair for the special education program and teaching courses in special education and instructional methods. A frequent conference (over 150) and staff development (over 1,000) presenter, Meg also acts as a consultant for several Chicago area public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Meg has published dozens of articles as well as monthly newsletters for the parents of a number of local schools and a number of books, most recently What Did You Do At School Today? A Guide to Schooling and School Success. Meg is a board member and newsletter editor for the Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois. Winner in 2012 of the prestigious LDAA Samuel Kirk Award, Meg offers research-based and practical advice for educators in the trenches. Meg earned a baccalaureate in elementary education and mild intellectual disabilities education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in learning disabilities from Chicago State University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University, Chicago.

Dr. Dawn Flanagan

Dr. Dawn P. Flanagan is Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in Queens, NY.  She is also an Affiliate Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.  She teaches graduate level courses on psychoeducational assessment for intervention and diagnosis and treatment of specific learning disabilities (SLD).  She serves as an expert witness, SLD consultant, and test/measurement consultant and trainer for organizations both nationally and internationally.  She is a widely published author as well as a co-developer of the Cross-Battery Assessment approach and its corresponding software system (X-BASS). Her most recent books include Contemporary Intellectual Assessment: Theories, Tests, and Issues – 4th edition; Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification – 2nd edition; Essentials of WISC-V Assessment; Clinical Use and Interpretation of the WJ IV: Scientist-Practitioner Perspectives and Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners. Dr. Flanagan’s recent awards include APA’s Contributions to Practice Award – an inaugural award for exceptional contributions to the field of school psychology through innovations in practice; and a Lifetime Achievement Award given at the 13th annual national School Neuropsychology conference.

Heidi Konkler-Goldsmith

Ms. Goldsmith has been serving the needs of children and families in the area of special education for 20 years. Prior to founding Bradley and Goldsmith Law, Ms. Goldsmith practiced law at McAndrews Law Offices. During her 19 years at McAndrews Law, Ms. Goldsmith became a Shareholder of the firm and was Supervising Shareholder of the Special Education for almost 10 years. Ms. Goldsmith is the Parent Attorney Representative to the Stakeholders Council of the Office for Dispute Resolution.  Ms. Goldsmith has frequently spoken at National and State-Wide Special Education Conferences including the LDA, Arthritis Foundation, COPPA and PBI.  Ms. Konkler-Goldsmith offers substantial expertise in the area of Special Education Law and handles a wide variety of special education matters, civil litigation cases and criminal justice issues.

Patricia J. Peterson, Ph.D.

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Patricia Peterson holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with a minor in Bilingual Education from the University of Florida and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has K-12 public schools teaching experience in both bilingual education and bilingual special education with Illinois and Florida teacher certifications in K-12 cross-categorical special education, learning disabilities, elementary education, Spanish K-16, and educational leadership/school administration. She is a Professor of Special Education at Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a focus in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional-education (CLDE). Additionally, during the past 25 years at NAU, she has served as the Principal Investigator of several federally funded Personnel Preparation programs from the US Department of Education (Office of English Language Acquisition and Office of Special Education Programs). Her research centers on inclusion programs, UDL/UDI, and inclusive diversity best practices at the elementary, secondary, and university levels along with the development of CLDE programs and courses at the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels.

Dr. Peterson has extensive and broad experience in special education and teacher education related to empowerment of Culturally Linguistically Diverse Exceptional students. Specific skills include teaching a variety of special education courses at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral Levels; research, design, implementation and evaluation of preparation programs for teachers and faculty serving multicultural populations; needs assessment; interdisciplinary collaborative team building; and sponsored projects’ program administration. She is bilingual (Spanish/English) with educational experience in Latin America and Spain. Her current research focus is on effective inclusion models in the United States and internationally; CLDE pedagogy, and Evidence Based Practices.

Edward Schultz, Ph.D.

Dr. Schultz began his career working with children with significant mental health needs prior to becoming a special educator teacher and educational diagnostician. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. and earned his PhD at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. He currently is an Associate Professor and a distinguished West scholar at the West College of Education at Midwestern State University. In addition to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses at MSU, he is also program coordinator for the educational diagnostician and special education teacher program .He is the co-author of the Core-Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP) and has written numerous peer-reviewed articles, presented at the national and international level, and has provided trainings across the country to schools and state departments of education. His areas of expertise include SLD identification, multi-tiered systems of support, and emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD).

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