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Dr. Cory A. Bennett is the Director of the Albion Center for Innovation in Education and an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at Idaho State University. Cory holds dual certification in elementary, grades K-6, and secondary mathematics, grades 6-12, as well as being a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics-Early Adolescence. For six years he worked in high poverty and low socio-economic status schools in Hawaii. First, he taught middle school mathematics to culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse students before working as a district level instructional coach. Currently, Cory serves as the Director of the Albion Center for Innovation in Education where he provides job-embedded professional development to teachers and administrators across content areas and domains.

Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority of his work in education has centered on American curriculum schools. Since 2008, he has been focused on education in the MENA region, assisted numerous schools with accreditation, training, and development and served as a thought partner on school start-up projects. Mr. Simpson is co-founder of the UAE Learning Network (one of the largest online network of educators in the UAE) and has participated in numerous education panels and radio shows where American curriculum was the topic. In addition, he has authored two white papers on American curriculum schools in Dubai and co-wrote a bilingual document on American Education in the UAE. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University (USA). Currently, he is a member of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and studying in their Institute for International School Leadership.

Dr. Sudha Govindswamy (Sunder), an affiliate consultant for the Council of International Schools (CIS), specializes in school improvement by focusing on three key areas: Strategic Planning, Leadership Development and Curriculum and Instruction. As a certified concept-based curriculum consultant from Dr. Lynn Erickson Institute, Whitefish, Montana, USA, Sudha works in supporting International Baccalaureate and American curriculum educators understand the conceptual shift required when engaging in 21st century learning and teaching. In this capacity she supports schools in the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with intellectual rigor and integrity. Commissioned by the International Baccalaureate (IB), Sudha has published the Relationship Study Report between the NGSS and the IB, for US high schools engaged in the dual implementation. Currently her work, in collaboration with KDSL Global, spans over nine countries including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bangkok, India, and Egypt. This year, her focus has mainly been in supporting IB schools in the United States implementing the NGSS. Sudha earned her PG in the United Kingdom, her Master’s degree in India and her doctorate in the United Kingdom. She has more than 25 conferences papers to her credit. Sudha presented her research findings in 2015 at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (AAACS) at the George Washington University, D.C. A strong proponent of equity in education, Sudha has now been invited to serve as a member of the AAACs Task force. More about Dr. Sudha’s school improvement partnerships is available here: https://www.tlinternational.org


Craig Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant and the KDSL Global science consultant for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Previously he was at Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington, beginning in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region. During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. Outside of his work in districts, Dr. Gabler has been active in science education leadership. He served as a writer for the NGSS, worked on Washington state science standards writing teams, and spent several summers as Mentor Teacher in the U.S. Department of Energy's Pre-Service Teacher program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is a Past-President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In addition, he served a two-year term as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and as the National Science Teachers Association's District XVII Director. Leadership and leadership development continues to be an area of focus for Dr. Gabler. He served as the team leader of the 2014 NGSS Forum held in Dubai for American curriculum schools in the MENA region and has continued to support schools in the MENA region. Dr. Gabler was also a featured author in Teach UAE Magazine where he wrote an article on implementing the NGSS. Dr. Gabler received a BS in Physical Science from Washington State University, an MS in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Science & Mathematics Education from the Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

With a mission to level the playing field for students from all backgrounds, Scott is the President and co-founder of A-List Education. Growing from just a handful of students in 2005, A-List now serves more than 80,000 students across the US and around the world. The company works with more than 800 high schools and nonprofit organizations, including KIPP, the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Fulbright Commission, and Year Up (where Scott currently serves as Chair of the NY Leadership Council) – providing everything from professional development and direct instruction to sophisticated assessment platforms and curriculum alignment. Scott has more than 12,000 hours of instructional experience, working with thousands of students and teachers to improve post-secondary outcomes.

Scott was lucky enough to attend Harvard University on a scholarship, and then serve as CFO of a development project in Ecuador funded by the British Embassy. These experiences left him with a deep appreciation for education not just as what traditionally happens in the four walls of a classroom but as a set of skills necessary to succeed in the wider world. This philosophy of college and career readiness has been central to A-List’s success; as a result Scott has been asked to be a frequent presenter at education conferences, and has been featured on Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, Fox and CNN to comment on developments in the education space.

Most recently, Scott has overseen A-List’s expansion to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the development of extensive learning materials and a suite of groundbreaking educational tools.