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  • Michael Rebell Bio 

    Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Practice in Law and Educational Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.  Previously, Mr. Rebell was the executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York, a challenge to the system of funding public education in the State of New York which has established the right of all students in the state to the “opportunity for a sound basic education. ” Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous major class action lawsuits, including Jose P. v. Mills, which involved a plaintiff class of 160,000 students with disabilities. He also served as a court-appointed special master in the Boston special education case, Allen v. Parks. Currently, he is co-counsel for plaintiffs in New Yorkers for Students Educational Rights (NYSER) v. State of New York, a challenge to the state’s failure to fully implement the rights established in the CFE case.

    Mr. Rebell is the author or co-author of six books, and dozens of articles on issues of law and education.  Among his most recent works are Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts and Civic Participation ( Univ of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2018), Courts And Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through The State Courts (U. Chicago Press, 2009 and 2017 Supplement,) and  The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity, 47 Harvard Civil Rts-Civil Lib. L. Rev. 49 (2012. ) He is also a co-author of an extensive report that will be published later this fall that discusses findings from a three year study of cross sector collaborations and collective impact projects in eight cities throughout the United States.

  • Dr. Giselle Martin-Kniep Bio

    Dr. Giselle Martin-Kniep is the Founder and President of Learner-Centered Initiatives, Ltd. She is an educator and facilitator of adult learning who believes that sustainable improvement is an aspiration worth pursuing.  Giselle has a background in program evaluation, organizational change and political science and has several graduate degrees from Stanford University. She has worked with nationally and internationally in the areas of strategic planning, curriculum and assessment, educational policy, Neuroleadership, and systems thinking. Her work with districts in the Hudson Valley spans 25 years and includes a six year engagement with the Tristate Consortium.

    Giselle has published multiple articles, chapters, and books including Why am I doing this?; Becoming a Better Teacher; Capturing the Wisdom of Practice; Developing Learning Communities Through Teacher Expertise; Communities that Learn, Lead and Last; and Changing the Way You Teach, Improving the Way Students Learn.

    Giselle’s most recent interests lie around determining best leverage points for sustainable organizational improvement, and more specifically around developing and aligning outcomes and measures.  She can be reached at