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  • 1. Cassandra Allen Holifield, PhD.680 Highcrest Drive, Acworth, GA 30101Home: 770-917-1257Cell: 404-993-4601Email: cassandra_allen@bellsouth.netLinked-in: www.linkedin.com/in/drcassandraholifield Objective:  To obtain a leadership position in Special Education, School Improvement, Professional Learning, or Program Management, managing, planning, and directing a district, state, regional, national, or university Special Education/School Improvement program inclusive of, but not limited to developing, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring rigorous research-based instructional programming, complying with federal IDEA and NCLB reporting requirements, compliance monitoring, the dispute resolution process, contracts and budgets, and support services through collaboration and cross-functional teaming, and other duties and "I have had the pleasure of working responsibilities as required. with Dr. Holifield for many years. She is a true professional and works to provide better educational Experience: opportunities for students with disabilities.” North Metro GNETS, Atlanta, GA 2012 to Present Director  Perform duties and responsibilities as the educational leader of North Metro Georgia Network for Education and Therapeutic Supports (GNETS) providing General Supervision, oversight and effective implementation of the Individuals with Dr. Alex Jordan, Director, SE Disabilities Education Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Georgia Department GLRS of Education Special Education Rules and Regulations, and the Georgia Continuous Improvement Monitoring Process that result in programmatic improvements, services, support, safety, and increased instructional, behavioral, and wrap-around services for the students served in the program  Develop regulations and procedures pertaining to the operation of North Metro GNETS in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Georgia Department of Education Special Education Rules and Regulations  Guide the North Metro GNETS leadership team, collaborative learning teams, and individual teachers (through observation, modeling, and feedback) in best practices that will directly lead to increased academic and behavioral achievement for individual students served in the program using IEP goals and objectives, Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS), and College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) targets, and the Teacher Keys Evaluation System (TKES), and the Leader Keys Evaluation System (LKES) to guide the monitoring process  Guide the GNETS leadership team and collaborative learning teams with the development of structures and processes that support standards-based, job- embedded, results-driven professional learning  Develop and provide rigorous, relevant, and research-based job-embedded -1-
  • 2. professional learning and on-going coaching and support based on data collection, analysis, and planning and evidenced-based practices that improve academic and behavioral performance for the students served in the GNETS program  Provide comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students “Dr. Holifield is an educational and their families who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive visionary, gifted author and a life- placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disabilitylong learner. Her willingness to learn category of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) or Autism Spectrum new technologies and apply them to Disorders (ASD) her field has been inspiring. Cassandra is both a student and teacher advocate who has  Oversee and manage the budget for North Metro GNETS implemented creative solutions that  Hire and supervise personnel and private consultants for the North Metro GNETS have greatly impacted special needs program students. She may be one of the most dedicated and hardest working professionals I have met in my career.” Metro Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA), Smyrna, GA 2011 to 2012 School Improvement Specialist (Special Education)  Guide, coordinate, and provide onsite school improvement services to identified schools within the Metro RESA geographic region  Guide leaders in developing and sustaining a leadership team that is focused on Dr. Tina Rooks, Educational continuous improvement in order to increase student achievement Consultant, Turning Technologies  Guide leaders, the leadership team, and collaborative learning teams with the development of structures and processes that support standards-based, job- embedded, results-driven professional learning  Assist with the training and implementation of standards based teaching and learning utilizing the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and other research based instructional frameworks  Provide leadership and support to individual schools with the planning, development, implementation and monitoring of the school improvement process (including school improvement plans, data analysis and all other school improvement related activities)  Guide the leadership team and collaborative learning teams in creating school improvement plans that are action plans with measurable goals that guide the leadership team and collaborative learning teams with implementing and monitoring the GPS within standards-based classrooms  Guide the leadership team, collaborative learning teams, and individual teachers (through observation, modeling, and feedback) in best practices that will directly lead to increased academic achievement for individual students and subgroups in relation to AYP targets (ex. Special Education)  Provide support and assistance to school based leadership teams and instructional staff with the interpretation and use of school and student data (development and implementation of action plans)  Assist with the completion and submission of all district and state level reports relative to the school improvement process  Provide support to school based leadership with maximizing the use of all Title I, Part A School Improvement Grant funds -2-
  • 3.  Research, plan, and facilitate professional development for classroom teachers and administrators who work with students with special needs in the area of standards- based instruction, Response to Intervention, co-teaching, and behavior management  Assist with developing school improvement modules, materials and other support for Title I schools and districts  Provide training for Common Core Georgia Performance Standards  Provide follow-up and coaching for professional learning opportunities  Represent Metro RESA at professional conferences, meetings, state, and district organizations  Initiate new ideas, identify resources and share innovative information to improve"...is extremely knowledgeable about RESA services special education and professional development......nurturing quality  Use technology to improve delivery of support to districts that motivates even the most unwilling to raise standards and  Identify and evaluate common areas of potential needs or where improvements expand their minds." could be realized among multiple member systems  Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Metro RESA Executive Director Charlette Green, Director of Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT 2010 to 2011 Special Education, Cherokee County Schools and Former Special Education & English Language Learning Product ManagerEducation Program Specialist,  Managed and oversaw the overall quality and relevance of the Special Education and Georgia Department of English Language Learning Academic Programs Education  Reviewed the Bachelor and Master Special Education and English Language Learning Program and analyzed student performance metrics to determine if the degree, competencies, content, and learning resources were effective and efficient  Collaborated with program specialists, field experts, and other WGU experts to develop effective program competencies, domains, and learning resources, and revised them when needed  Analyzed student performance metrics and feedback that aided in the review and revisions of programs and domains  Coordinated with the Learning Resources and Course of Study Teams to ensure that student-facing tools were identified or produced in a way that aligned with product goals  Conducted regular and ongoing evaluations of existing learning resources to ensure they were current and that quality standards were maintained  Maintained control of Special Education and English Language Learning Programs and provided ongoing training to various WGU departments to ensure high academic standards  Served as an essential member of the WGU NCATE CEC team ensuring that the WGU Special Education and English Language Learning academic programs were aligned to their respective NCATE SPA Standards (CEC and TESOL)  Worked closely with content experts, mentors, and learning community facilitators to ensure that the curriculum, courses of study, and learning resources were of high quality, engaging, and met the needs of students in the Bachelor and Master of Special Education and English Language Learning Programs  Measured product excellence as judged by student enrollments, retention, graduation, -3-
  • 4. employer acceptance, and graduate success Walden University, Minneapolis, MN 2011 to Present Part-Time PhD Special Education Contributing Faculty "...is a true professional in every  Supervise and assess student research aspect. She is one of the few people I  Mentor doctoral and master-level adult learners to become effective scholar- know who can multi-task with practitioners in education details and obtain accuracy. She is  Serve as Dissertation Chair, University Research Reviewer, and/or Member of the always on the cutting edge, knowing Dissertation/Thesis Committee and implementing the latest research  Communicate with students and provide timely and effective feedback that helps and best practices relative to special guide them through their thesis and/or dissertation education policies and procedures at  Provide Knowledge Area Module (KAM) mentoring and instructional support the local, state, and federal level...is  Teach, develop, and revise online courses adamant about making data driven  Provide effective online instruction in all areas of Special Education, English decisions when offering technical Language Learning, Response to Intervention (RTI), differentiated instruction, support to administrators and behavior management, methods of instructing students with disabilities, and teachers in low performing schools evaluation of tests and measurement, using various technologies and resources aimed at increasing teacher  Participate in the Universitys national academic residency program effectiveness and student outcomes.  Serve on faculty governance, curriculum, and academic policy committees as neededShe consistently demonstrates that she has the knowledge, skills, and Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA 2011 to 2012 abilities to meet the demands and Contract GaDOE Special Education Complaint Investigator challenges to work in any work  Investigate written complaints regarding allegations of substance from an individual setting with integrity and or organization within 30 days of notification professionalism. She is an  Conduct an impartial investigation establishing relevant facts and timeline outstanding educator, leader, and information within 30 days of notification proven Project Management  Maintain confidentiality that is exchanged or received during the investigation Professional. "  Protect all electronic data relevant to contract with firewalls and appropriate safeguards that are consistent with current industry standards  Submit a written report of facts and findings to the Georgia Department of Education Division of Special Education Services and Support within the 30-day investigation assignment Dr. Doris Dickerson, Retired  Ensure that all services provided under the contract be performed in accordance NW GLRS Special Education with all applicable laws, rules and regulations governing complaint investigation inSchool Improvement Specialist the State of Georgia, as well as accepted practices in complaint investigation, in & Graduation Coach and addition to state and federal laws, rules and regulations regarding special education Former Director of SpecialEducation, Polk School District Education Program Development, Acworth, GA 2008 to Present Online Professional Development Specialist www.educationalpd.com/  Technology Integration & Professional Development Specialist (Moodle)  Research, develop, teach, and facilitate online professional development in the areas of Special Education, Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), Differentiated Instruction, Collaboration/Inclusion, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Autism, instructional strategies, and other Allen Consulting & Program Development Firm, Inc. , Acworth, GA 2003 to Present President & CEO  Speaker, facilitator, trainer  Provide trainings, workshops, and conferences locally, nationally, and internationally in the areas of Special Education, Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS), Differentiated Instruction, Collaboration/Inclusion, Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Autism, and other  Develop individualized program development plans based on school/system identified targeted areas of need and/or school improvement plans -4-
  • 5. Northwest Georgia RESA/GLRS, Rome, GA 2003-2011http://nwglrs.wikispaces.com/ http://nwglrs.blogspot.com/Director, Northwest Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS)  Perform duties and responsibilities as the educational leader of NW Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS) coordinating, developing, and overseeing professional development; support school improvement initiatives; assist local educational agencies (LEAs) with developing and implementing Comprehensive Local Education Agency Improvement Plans (CLIP); assist with Georgia Department of Education Focused Monitoring/Compliance Review on-site visits; assist with the development and implementation of Corrective Action Plans for 16 northwest Georgia school systems, the Northwest Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Supports (GNETS), and the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Springs in all areas of special education  Develop and provide training, coaching and support for the implementation of evidenced-based practices through on-going professional learning for special and general education teachers, administrators, support staff, advocacy groups, parents, and other state educational agencies  Develop policies, procedures, and resource manuals that conform to the Georgia Department of Educations regulations and guidelines in all areas of special education  Oversee and manage the budget for NW GLRS  Hire and supervise NW GLRS personnel and private consultants  Initiate new ideas and share innovative information to improve NW GLRS/RESA services; conduct technical assistance within the northwest Georgia region and statewide; develop materials and programs; plan, develop, and coordinate conferences, workshops, and professional learning courses; manage and/or write grants and projects for NW GLRS and NW Georgia Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA) and/or local systems  Identify, assess, and evaluate areas of need and/or areas of needed improvement among the northwest Georgia local school systems/agencies; attend conferences and training programs to increase knowledge/skills and disseminate information to superintendents, special education directors, building administrators, curriculum directors, teachers, parents, and related service personnel to assist with increasing academic achievement in students with and without disabilities  Direct, manage, facilitate, and provide training and on-going coaching and support for the NW GLRS On-Site Least Restrictive Environment/Inclusion Academy  Direct, manage, facilitate, and provide training and on-going coaching and support for the NW GLRS Site-Based Autism Academy  Direct, manage, facilitate, and provide training and on-going coaching and support for the NW GLRS Screening to Enhance Equitable Placement (STEEP) Project  Collaborate and help to facilitate the NW GLRS Regional Special Education Parent Mentor ProgramGeorgia Department of Education, Atlanta, GA 2000 to 2003Education Program Specialist--Emotional/Behavioral Disorders  Developed policies, procedures, and resource manuals that conform to Georgia Department of Educations special education regulations and guidelines in the area of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders  Served as a member of the Georgia Department of Educations Compliance Review/Continuous Improvement Monitoring Team  Provided on-going technical assistance to local school systems, Department of Corrections, Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Georgia Network of Educational and Therapeutic Programs (GNETS) in comprehensive program planning and program review  Evaluated and approved local school systems special education budgets  Evaluated and recommended approval of local school systems Special Education Waivers -5-
  • 6.  Identified, designed, developed, conducted, and evaluated staff development trainings in the areas of interagency activities and Emotional and Behavioral Disorders  Coordinated and facilitated the "Georgia School Wide Discipline Program/Effective Behavioral Instruction & Support" (EBIS) - A Project of the Georgia State Improvement Grant Coordinator (SIG)  Coordinated and facilitated the Georgia Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Task Force (Statewide) - State Improvement Grant Coordinator (SIG)  Developed, implemented, facilitated and oversaw the stateside (Teachers of Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders mentoring Academy" - A Project of the Georgia State Improvement Grant (SIG)  Provided statewide reading trainings - Certified Reading First/Reading Excellence Trainer  Served as a member of the Georgia Department of Education Disproportionality Committee and co-wrote the MIID Disproportionality Reevaluation Assessment InstrumentGeorgia State University, Atlanta, GA 1999  Adjunct Professor - Department of Special EducationClark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA 1998 to 2005  Guest Lecturer - Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and AutismAtlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA 1994 to 2000Teacher of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Autism  Taught students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders  Taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorders  Wrote, implemented, and provided individualized instruction for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders  Piloted the first elementary program for students with Autism in Atlanta Public Schools  Served on Atlanta Public Schools Autism Committee; collaborated with teachers, speech therapists, administrators, parents, and professionals to serve students with Autism; assisted in implementing a middle and high school transition program for students with Autism in Atlanta Public Schools  Developed and implemented Classroom Behavior Management Plans using positive behavioral supports  Implemented and conducted Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans  Helped to implement and taught in a collaborative/co-teaching classroom  Collaborated and consulted with parents, administrators, and related service personnel on student achievement and areas of progress  Taught and conducted educational "In-Service"/workshopsGeneral Electric Computer Service, Atlanta, GA 1989 to 1994Financial Analyst  Served as a Team leader supervising and training personnel in maintaining customer contracts  Assisted in the implementation and maintenance of new contracts  Managed and maintained customer accounts in excess of 6M monthly  Implemented new policies and procedures that affected team performance  Assisted in designing and planning programs for professional growth and development  Assisted in the implementation of a Cultural Diversity ProgramEducation: -6-
  • 7. State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GALeadership Endorsement - Director of Special Education 2003-2004Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA1998-2003  PhD. Special Education – Education of Students with Exceptionalities: Behavior/Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders  Applied Behavioral Analysis  Pi Lambda Theta National Honor SocietyGeorgia State University, Atlanta, GA1992-1994  MED., Special Education – Behavior/Learning Disabilities  Cum LaudeUniversity of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN1982-1986  BA, PsychologyCertifications:  Professional Management Professional (PMP) - in progress  Certified Special Education Mediator with Justice Center of Atlanta  Thinking Maps Train-the-Trainer  Director: Special Education  Reading Endorsement  SP ED Behavior Disorders  SP ED Language Arts Cognitive Level  SP ED Math Cognitive Level  SP ED Reading Cognitive Level  SP ED Science Cognitive Level  SP ED Social Studies Cognitive LevelHonors, Memberships, Professional Organizations, &Affiliations:Project Management Institute Member, Cambridge Whos Who of America Top 101 IndustryExperts/Education 2010; National Association of State Directors of Special Education(NASDSE), Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education (GCASE), GeorgiaAssociation of Educational Leaders (GAEL), Georgia Association of Curriculum &Instructional Supervisors (GACIS), National Autism Society of America, Special EducationDelegate to South Africa in the People to People Ambassador Program, Manchester WhosWho Registry of Executives & Professionals, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) andAffiliate Division memberships: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD),Division for Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Division for Culturally & LinguisticallyDiverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL), Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Division forLearning Disabilities (DLD), and Teacher Education Division (TED). -7-
  • 8. Conferences/Presentations/Publications:  “North Metro GNETS, Compliance, and General Supervision”, North Metro GNETS Summer Summit 2012, Atlanta, Georgia  "Using Self-Monitoring to Increase Attending to Task and Academic Accuracy in Children with Autism", Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (FOCUS), October 4, 2010; http://foa.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/10/02/1088357610380137  2010 Georgia Council of Administrators of Special Education (GCASE) Fall Conference, “Differentiated Instruction Using Web 2.0 21st Century Teaching Tools for Teachers and Students with Disabilities”, November 10 – 12, 2010, Savannah, Georgia  2009 Wesley Educational Services’ 9th Annual SST Conference: Meeting the RTI Challenge, “Using Data-Based Decision Making to Meet AYP for Students With Disabilities and Other At-Risk Students”, October 2009, Atlanta, Georgia  2008 – 2009 Staff Development Resources: “Behavior Interventions That Work: RTI Strategies That Support Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders, October 2008 – May 2009, Nationwide  Dialogue Writer for the IDEA Partnership for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc., April 2009, www.ideapartnership.org  Author - "The ABCs of Response to Intervention & Behavior Next Steps: A Practitioners Guide to Implementation", October 2008, Outskirts Press, ISBN# 978-1-4327-3649-1  2008 - 2009 National Presenter for Staff Development Resources, "Behavior Interventions That Work: RTI Strategies that Support Students with Emotional, Behavioral, and Spectrum Disorders", various dates and locations, www.sdresources.org  2008 Wesley Educational Services’ 8th Annual SST Conference: Meeting the RTI Challenge, “Implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) to Provide a Multi- Tiered Approach to Positive Behavioral Supports”, October 2007 & 2008, Atlanta, Georgia  2007 Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership Annual Kick Off Conference, “Parents Helping to Implement RTI to Provide a Multi-Tiered Approach to Positive Behavioral Supports”, October 16 – 17, 2007, Callaway Gardens, Georgia  2006 Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) 17th Annual Fall Conference: Collaborative Leadership: Impacting Achievement for All Students, “Implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) to Provide a Multi-Tiered Approach to Positive Behavioral Supports”, November 10-11, 2006, Savannah, Georgia  2006 Georgia Reading First Struggling Readers Conference, “Reading & Models of Inclusion”, September 7-8, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia  2006 Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Leadership Conference, “Georgia’s Pyramid of Interventions/Response to Intervention (RTI): The Answer to Improving SST & Reducing Disproportionality”, June 8-9, 2006, Rome, Georgia.  2006 Georgia Statewide Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Conference, “Administrator’s Guide to Inclusion and Differentiated Instruction”, May 3-5, 2006, St. Simons, Georgia -8-
  • 9.  2006 National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems, “People (NCCREST) National Conference, “Creating Opportunities to Learn: A Forum for Addressing Disproportionality, February 15-17, 2006, Denver, Colorado.  People to People Ambassador Programs, “Special Education Professional Delegation to South Africa”, October 10-20, 2005, Johannesburg & Cape Town , South Africa  2005 Northwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) Leadership Conference, “The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004” June 7-8, 2005, Rome, Georgia.  2005 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo, April 6-9, 2005, Baltimore, Maryland  National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems, “English Language Learners: Emergent Research on Linguistic Differences & Learning Disabilities”, November 18-19, 2004, Scottsdale, Arizona  Georgia Association of Curriculum & Instructional Supervisors (GACIS) Fall 2004 Conference, “Inclusion of Students with Problem Behaviors in the General Education Classroom: Practical Strategies”, September 30, 2004, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia  Discipline of Students with Special Needs in Georgia, “Inclusion of Students with Problem Behaviors in the General Education Classroom: Practical Strategies”, September 24, 2004, Cobb Galleria Center, Atlanta, Georgia  Pupil Appraisal Summer Institute, “Differentiated Instruction & Instructional Strategies for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students and Students with Disabilities, August 2, 2004, Pennington Conference Center, Baton Rouge, LouisianaReferences Available Upon Request -9-