Meeting Co-Chairs

IES enlisted the help of three Co-Chairs – Nikki Edgecombe (Teachers College, Columbia University), Venessa Keesler (Michigan Department of Education), and Carl Sumi (Northwestern University) – to help refine and implement this year’s meeting vision and structure. With their combined experience and expertise in education and special education research and working in/with state and local education agencies, they have provided invaluable suggestions and feedback on the meeting theme, sessions, and speakers. We are grateful for their contribution.

Nikki Edgecombe

Senior Research Scholar,
Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University

Venessa Keesler

Deputy Superintendent, Division of Educator, Student, and School Supports,
Michigan Department of Education

Carl Sumi

Senior Principal Education Researcher,
Center for Learning and Development, SRI International