Katherine Bassett recently retired from teaching after 26 years as a Library Media Specialist at the Ocean City Intermediate School in NJ. She served as the New Jersey State Teacher of the Year 2000 and spent two years as Teacher in Residence for Library Media at the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ. Currently, Katherine is employed by ETS and is leading development of the National Board Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading Language Arts assessment.
Michele Israel has been an educator in varied capacities for more than 20 years. As founder and director of Educational Consulting Group, Israel currently serves nonprofit and educational institutions, providing services including strategic planning, educational product development and project management. In addition, she produces learning materials and writes articles for companies such as PBS, Education World and CNN/Turner Learning.