Keynote Speaker Biographies

RtI: An Every Education Revolution, Putting All the Pieces Together in a Partnership

Dr. Judy Elliott Judy Elliott, Ph.D., is the Chief Academic Officer of the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Most recently she was the Chief of Teaching and Learning in the Portland Oregon Public Schools; and prior to that an Assistant Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District in Long Beach, CA.  Judy was also a Senior Researcher at the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota, College of Education. She started her career as a classroom teacher and then school psychologist.

She received her B.S. in Education from the then State University College at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Some of Dr. Elliott’s many interests include the problem-solving process and data-based decision making to improve effective instruction, the use of formative assessments and progress monitoring to increase instruction and behavior outcomes, the role of leadership in systems change.

She has trained thousands of staff, teachers, and administrators in the United States and abroad, in the areas of inclusive schooling that include: the problem-solving process, Response to Instruction and Intervention, linking assessment to classroom instruction/intervention, strategies and tactics for effective instruction, curriculum adaptation for students with disabilities.  

Her book writing efforts include:  Strategies and Tactics for Effective Instruction-II (SoprisWest, Inc); Timesavers for Educators (SoprisWest, Inc), Testing Students with Disabilities: Practical Strategies for Complying with State and District Requirements (2nd ed Corwin Press), Improving Test Performance of Students with Disabilities on District and State Assessments (2nd ed. Corwin Press), Response to Intervention: Policy Considerations and Implementation (NASDSE, 2004)  Most recently she was a lead author on the Response to Intervention Blueprint:  District Level Edition (NASDSE, 2008)


Let’s get serious…together! Using a Multi Tier System of Supports (aka RtI)
to Achieve Improved Outcomes for ALL students

Dr. Steve KukicDr. Steve J. Kukic Ph.D. is a nationally recognized keynote on Response to Intervention and how this systems change effort supports the successful learning of all students. Steve Kukic is Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Cambium Learning/Voyager, a company specializing in reaching the tough to teach with proven and practical products, programs, professional development, and consultation. He is the past chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities and is a member of the Board of Directors for this Center.  He worked for two years as an independent consultant, primarily with Franklin Covey Company’s Education Division, facilitating the use of principles based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with individuals and organizations. Before that, he was Director for At Risk and Special Education for the Utah State Office of Education for 11 years, providing leadership for state and federal programs for these children and youth in need. For five years prior to that, he directed a statewide center for technical assistance related to the education of students with disabilities.  Steve is a Past President of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Steve is the author of over 100 articles, chapters, newspaper columns, and books. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in School Administration and earned his M.A. in School Psychology and B.A. in Psychology at UCLA. Steve is married to Jan with three children, ages 44, 41, and 30. He has two bright and beautiful granddaughters. His three passions, other than his family and his work, are golf, cooking, and golf.


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