GSEHD Alumni to Host Panel at ESRI 2014

The annual Educational Symposium for Research and Innovations (ESRI) student-led academic conference will take place on the GW’s Foggy Bottom campus from March 21 and 22—and six GSEHD alumni will be featured in one of its panels.

ESRI aims to provide an opportunity for immersion in current research and innovations in education. The conference also provides professionals, students, alumni and others the chance to present their original work in a variety of formats, receive feedback and support from colleagues and professors and to strengthen their work for future conferences and publication.

For the first time in ESRI’s history, a diverse panel of six GSEHD alumni will candidly discuss the realities of life after graduate school and take questions from an audience of mostly current GSEHD students. The panel, “Transitions: Life After Grad School,” takes place on Friday, Mar. 21, 2014.

Don’t miss your chance to get advice from these alumni experts! Early bird registration is available until Friday 2/28. Online registration closes at midnight on Mar. 18.

The “Transitions: Life After Grad School” panel includes:

Sandra Duval, GSEHD EdD ’03, Moderator
Dr. Sandra Duval, an instructional specialist, has more than 20 years of experience in a diverse array of educational contexts. She has worked for many years in organizational development and is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education as a facilitative leadership trainer. She earned a BA in sociology and secondary education from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree from Columbia University, NY and a doctoral degree in special education from GW. She is one of the founding members of Montgomery County Public School’s international-standards-based curriculum development team. In 2012, she was invited as a board member of Haiti Future at the White House’s Champions of Change event.


GreshamDoran Gresham, GSEHD EdD ’05, Panelist
Dr. Doran Gresham has 15 years of experience as a special educator, grassroots worker, mentor and school administrator. He taught special education at the elementary and high school levels in Montgomery County Public Schools and is an adjunct professor at GW, Gratz College and The College of New Jersey. He currently teaches a graduate course in universal design for learning for the Regional Training Center. He is the co-founder of Why The Sun Rises, an international initiative to showcase the faces and stories of women in education. Dr. Gresham completed his doctoral studies in special education and emotional disturbance at GW. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Virginia and a master’s degree in emotional disturbance and learning disabilities, K-12 from The College of William & Mary.


Vijay Krishna, GSEHD EdD, ’08, Panelist,
Dr. Vijay Krishna is the director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs at the American National Standards Institute. He is a recognized expert in the field of personnel credentialing and works closely with various national and international agencies that are involved in developing competency-based credentialing systems. Dr. Krishna is the project co-lead on the Lumina foundation-funded George Washington Institute of Public Policy grant on investigating the role of an ANSI standards collaborative to improve transparency and trust in labor market credentialing in the U.S. Dr. Krishna’s academic qualifications include a doctorate in human and organizational learning from GW and an MBA from Sathya Sai University, India. He is the recipient of the Cutting Edge Award and Top Ten Conference Proceedings Paper from the Academy of Human Resource Development.


Jaimie Matthews, GSEHD MA ’11, Panelist
Jaimie Matthews is the programs and policy manager for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) Education and Workforce program—the nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)3 program dedicated to strengthening the nation’s educational standards and the quality of its workforce. Matthews develops and manages USCCF’s programs for higher education and workforce development and conducts research on education and workforce reform policies and initiatives. She also builds coalitions with other nonprofit organizations, chambers of commerce and businesses. Before joining the Chamber, Matthews worked for the Division of Student and Academic Support Services as a program coordinator at GW. Matthews received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Davidson College and a master’s degree in higher education administration from GW.


Jacob Wilson, GSEHD MA ’13, Panelist
Jacob Wilson has worked in a variety of higher education roles, including at NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, GW’s Multicultural Student Services Center, American University’s LGBT Resource Center and Cornell University’s Residential Programs office. He currently serves as an academic program advisor at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, where he oversees the Advocacy, Service, & Arts Academic Internship Program, providing integrative experiential education focused on creating social change to college students from across the world. Jacob earned an MA in higher education administration from GW and a BA in political science and women’s and gender studies at Iowa State University.


Monica Roache, GSEHD EdD ’03, Panelist
Dr. Monica Roache has worked as the assistant principal at Gunston Middle School in Arlington, VA for the last eleven years and also serves as an adjunct professor at GW. Prior to being an administrator, she worked as a speech language pathologist for seven years. Dr. Roache has extensive experience with culturally and linguistically diverse students, bilingual education, disproportionality in special education, school law, gifted minority students, development of school wide mentor programs, instructional leadership, cultural competence and teacher professional development. She created and designed a successful school-wide student/staff mentor program and was actively involved with a community mentor program for African American female students. Dr. Roache has a bachelor’s degree in communicative sciences and disorders, a master’s degree in in speech-language pathology from Hampton University and a doctorate in bilingual special education is from GW.

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