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Meet the Authors

My Instructional Learning Opportunities Guidance System

Alexander Kurz, PhD, BCBA-D

Alex is an Assistant Research Professor in the Sanford School for Social and Family Dynamics and Affiliated Adjunct Faculty for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College . He is a former high school teacher and behavior analyst with over 15 years of experience in the field of special education. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2011. His research focuses on increasing teachers’ instructional effectiveness through data-based decision making and job-embedded professional development. He is a leading expert on opportunity-to-learn (OTL) who has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topic and presented his findings at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad. Alex currently leads several federally funded research projects related to school improvement , OTL and student growth, formative assessment of teacher instruction and student achievement, and teacher evaluation together with colleagues from the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, and Rutgers University.

Stephen N. Elliott, PhD

Steve is the Mickelson Foundation Professor in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. He is also a consulting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. His research focuses on scale development and educational assessment practices with students with disabilities or at risk for educational difficulties. Assessment tools he has developed include the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS), Social Skills Improvement System (SSiS), Academic Competence Evaluation Scales (ACES), and My Instructional Learning Opportunities Guidance System (MyiLOGS). He has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on (a) the assessment of children's social and academic competence, (b) the design and evaluation of methods that increase students’ access to learning and large-scale achievement test, and (c) the assessment of school leadership. Steve is a co-PI of the National Center on Assessment and Accountability for Special Educationand the senior PI on the Integrated Instructional Progress Management project, both United States Department of Education funded projects. Steve’s contributions to education and psychology have been recognized by the American Educational Research Association and several divisions within the American Psychological Association with Fellow Status and Senior Scientist Awards.