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Diana Nunnaley, Project Director

Diana Nunnaley is Director and Senior Facilitator for Using Data Solutions.  She has been providing Using Data professional development and consultation services to state, district, and building leaders. Her work in the area of school improvement services represents 30 years working to help improve schools. Since the inception of Using Data, Diana has been developing and delivering consultation, strategic planning and professional development workshops, including face-to-face training, online courses, and technical assistance for state agencies, districts, schools, and professional groups implementing a system of collaborative inquiry and continuous improvement of student learning using national and local data.

Since May of 2013, Diana has served as an advisor and professional development facilitator for the Kuwait New School Leadership and Management Pilot Program under contract to the World Bank for the Kuwait Ministry of Education.

Diana has presented on what it takes to prepare teachers to use data effectively in districts, schools, and classrooms at both regional and national professional meetings including NCES Stats, NCTM, NSTA, Learning Forward, ASCD, and the CCSSO SEC Collaborative.

Diana Nunnaley, Project Director

Mary Anne Mather, Senior Facilitator and Social Media Coordinator

Mary Anne Mather is a Facilitator for Using Data professional development model. She also serves as managing editor of TERC's "Using Data for Meaning Change" blog and is the voice behind Using Data on FaceBook and Twitter. In addition, she provides consulting services to Educational Resource Center's (EDC) Regional Educational Laboratory: Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), providing content for their Research Reference Desk and resources to help education stakeholders transition research to practice.

Mary Anne is the author of "Using The Knowledge Loom: Tools and Ideas for Collaborative Professional Development — A Guidebook for Professional Development Facilitators and Participants" and co-author of "Improving Online Collaborative Professional Learning: How Changes to Design Features of the Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory Influenced Participant Retention, Overall Satisfaction, and Engagement".

Mary Anne Mather, Senior Facilitator

Jennifer Unger, Senior Consultant/Facilitator

As a senior consultant for Using Data, Jennifer assists in the design of training sessions and materials as well as the delivery of professional development. Jennifer has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, developed and published articles and training materials, and conducted workshops for educators nationally and internationally. Jennifer is the founder of The Groupworks, LLC where her work focuses on assisting groups to develop and implement data informed plans that address critical needs and improve educational outcomes.

Jennifer's background includes 30 years of experience in education as an English Language Arts teacher, district coordinator of professional development, statewide coordinator for the Massachusetts National Science Foundation State Systemic Initiative, and Strategic Planning Specialist for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Malden, MA.

Jennifer Unger, Senior Consultant/Facilitator

Terry Lashley, Ph.D., Program Facilitator

Terry is the Project Director for a state Math/Science Partnership at the University of Tennessee and serves as an assistant professor at the Tennessee Technological University. She serves on numerous state, regional, and national advisory boards for science education, consults with schools in the Southeast, and is the Tennessee Coordinator for the NSTA Building a Presence for Science Program. In her early career, she taught science for 17 years at the middle and high school level. In 2005, Lashley was honored with the Tennessee Science Teachers Association “Distinguished Educator of the Year” award.

Terry Lashley holds a B.S. in biology and secondary science education from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

Jill A. Forney, Program Facilitator

Jill is a Certified Facilitator for TERC's Using Data professional development program and has worked directly with case study pilot schools in Arizona and Tennessee. She has been involved in large, multi-million dollar research grants as well as smaller school-based efforts to improve teaching and learning, align curricula, monitor student progress, identify and close achievement gaps, and institutionalize effective interventions. Jill is an experienced program evaluator and has provided on-site data coaching, instructional support, and technical support to teachers and administrators in multiple states. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Critical Thinking from Sonoma State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Methodology, Inquiry-Based Education, and Critical Thinking from Arizona State University.

Naomi Nelson, Program Facilitator

Naomi is an experienced educator with over 25 years of experience. She is the executive director of A.C.T. Alemán Coaching and Training L.L.C. and a trainer with Education Across Frontiers Sdn. Bhd.  Naomi coaches and plans professional development with district administrators; she conducts workshops on data analysis, assessment and differentiation around the world. Naomi has extensive experience in data analysis and teaming, curriculum development, the principles of differentiation, strategic planning and in Cognitive Coaching.

For the past 22 years, Naomi has served overseas in international schools around Asia. She was the Director of Curriculum & Professional Development at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) in Malaysia. Naomi spent her classroom years teaching high school students Japanese in Washington State, followed by elementary school in Japan and Malaysia. She continues to develop and teach courses for the State University of New York, Buffalo (SUNY) on assessment, leadership, and data analysis. 

Naomi Nelson, Program Facilitator

Diane Vaughn, Program Facilitator

Diane is currently serving as a consultant with two Tennessee based educational consulting firms, Southeast Educational, Inc. and Learning Curve Educational Consultants. Her consulting duties include serving as the Teacher Liaison for the East Tennessee Math Science Partnership, where she provides training in the Using Data process and facilitates the ongoing use of data to make important educational decisions and works with teachers on subject appropriate pedagogy. Diane has more than thirty years of experience as an educator in elementary and middle school classrooms and as her home district’s Science Specialist.

Diane earned her B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her elementary education teacher certification and M.A. degree from Tennessee Technological University. During her tenure as a teacher she served as an Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) Teacher Partner and Regional Teacher Partner for her home school district.

Carolyn Karatzas Eastman

Carolyn Karatzas Eastman is an educator who thrives on problem solving and using data to think outside the box in assisting educators in their approach to improving learning outcomes for all students. She has over a decade of experience helping schools examine change and leading educators through a change process. Carolyn began her 19-year career as an educator as a special education teacher and middle school mathematics teacher at Rye Junior High School. She joined the UNH IMPACT Center as the program assistant for mathematics providing outreach and support to schools on standards based mathematics instruction. For over a decade she has assisted schools in using assessment data as well as teacher and student perception data to effectively make instructional improvement.

Her recent work as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at Oyster River Cooperative School District in Durham, NH, allowed her to combine her skills with data to help a school district implement a standards-based progress report, select new mathematics resources using the IMET (Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool), and creat a new teacher evaluation process.

Carolyn Karatzas Eastman