Minority Disproportionality Project Staff
For further information on the project staff, please refer to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Site.
Dr. Simmons, Associate Director of the Indiana Education Policy Center, coordinates the Indiana University-based portion of the project as well as other operations of the Policy Center. Ada assists the project team in the development of materials to guide schools in creating and implementing plans for safe and civil schools, drawing on her educational and research background in higher education and student affairs.
Shana has a wide array of experience in educational settings including classroom teaching, school reform, curriculum development, teacher education and parent involvement. She has worked with urban and rural schools in the areas of innovative programming, school wide planning, inclusivity and diversity. Shana currently teaches courses in Diversity at IUB in addition to co-hosting a public affairs radio show.
Dr. St. John, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, will act as systems change consultant to the project. St. John has been involved with the Accelerated School Project since 1990. He helped initiate state Centers for Accelerated Schools in Ohio and Louisiana and served as founding President of the Accelerated Schools Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. He recently co-authored Families in Schools: A Chorus of Voices in Restructuring and co-edited Accelerated Schools in Action: Lessons From the Field (Corwin, 1996). St. John will consult with project staff at regular intervals on the extent to which project activities appear to be representing best practice in school restructuring and systems change.
Cindi Skoog is the site-based coordinator for the SRS school sites. She is currently the school social worker and Child Services Coordinator for the Forest Hills Special Education Cooperative. Ms. Skoog received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Project Documents Indiana University in 1990. In addition to her extensive direct work with children and families, she trains teachers and school staff in working with families. Her primary area of interest is in developing strength-based and family-focused services for children with disabilities, and she was one of the co-founders of the Monroe County Wraparound Team.
Last updated: January 23, 2003