Aligning curriculum, assessment, and instruction can lead to exceptional student achievement. Walden University has partnered with national education experts to interpret the latest research and distill best practices for designing effective curriculum and instruction in a standards-based environment. These experts bring extensive knowledge in such areas as differentiated instruction, academic standards, innovative assessments, and more.

Robert J. Marzano, PhD

Throughout his 40 years in the field of education, Dr. Marzano has served as a speaker, trainer, and author on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership, and school intervention. He serves as a senior scholar at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), where he translates research and theory into practical applications for schools and teachers. Additionally, he is professor at Cardinal Stritch University, where he teaches research methodology and learning theory in the doctoral program. Dr. Marzano's list of publications includes A Comprehensive Guide to Designing Standards-Based Districts, Schools, and Classrooms and Designing a New Taxonomy of Educational Objectives.

Jay McTighe

Mr. McTighe is the former director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a group of school districts exploring innovative assessment techniques, and was also involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education. Co-author of Assessing Student Outcomes, Mr. McTighe currently consults with school districts nationwide. He is well known for his work with "thinking skills," having coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. He also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. He is a former classroom teacher and resource specialist.

Douglas Reeves, PhD

Dr. Reeves is CEO and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment, an international organization dedicated to improving student achievement and educational equity. He is a frequent keynote speaker in the United States and abroad for education, government, and business organizations and is a faculty member of leadership programs sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Reeves is the author of more than 20 books and many articles, including The Learning Leader: How to Focus School Improvement for Better Results, as well as the best-selling Making Standards Work: How to Implement Standards-Based Assessments in the Classroom, School, and District. Dr. Reeves has devoted many years to classroom teaching with students ranging from elementary school to doctoral candidates.

Carol Ann Tomlinson, EdD

Dr. Tomlinson's career as an educator includes 21 years as a public school teacher, a dozen of which she spent as a program administrator of special services for struggling and advanced learners. She is currently chair of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education, where she also serves as co-director of the university's Institutes on Academic Diversity. Dr. Tomlinson is the author of more than 200 articles, 11 books, and other professional development materials, including How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms. She works throughout the United States and abroad with teachers whose goal is to develop more academically responsive and diverse classrooms.