JOHN W. CARR develops resources, conducts workshops, and evaluates educational programs. He developed WestEd's bestselling Map of Standards for English Learners and conducts supportive workshops that assist teachers in implementing standards-based instruction for English learners. He coauthored a WestEd best-seller series of guidebooks -- Making Science Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers (2007) and Making Mathematics Accessible to English Learners: A Guidebook for Teachers (2009). This guidebook is the third in the series, extending the approach to students with learning difficulties. He conducts professional development on standards-based instruction for English learners and students in inclusive classrooms.
He has conducted a variety of instructional program evaluations regarding refugee students, English learners, and students with special needs. His current interest is in research-based instructional practices for students with learning difficulties in academic classes and the evaluation of special education programs. John has a PhD in measurement, evaluation, and research methodology from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in the research and evaluation departments of two large school districts for 13 years and conducted workshops on school improvement. John is currently a Senior Research Associate in the Evaluation Research Program at WestEd.
SHAREN BERTRANDO develops materials and provides training, resources, and technical assistance for projects such as the Least Restrictive Environment Resources Project, Po'okela Project Centers of Educational Excellence on Inclusive Practices and Access to the Common Core, and the Windward District Achievement4All Restructuring Project. In addition, she provides technical assistance and training to support diverse learners using technology as an effective instructional tool. She works with the California Comprehensive Center and the California Department of Education to develop educational resources to support students with disabilities, including second language learners with disabilities.
Sharen is currently a member of the California Autism Training Team with the National Professional Development Center - ASD and the California Community of Practice Secondary Transition Leadership Team. Sharen has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and program coordinator in California and Oregon. She has a diverse educational background and professional experience educating students, from preschoolers to adolescents.
Sharen's current position is as a Special Education Resource Development Specialist in WestEd's Center for Prevention and Early Intervention.