Kristan Rodriguez, Ph.D. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency, LLC (RECA). Kristan has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Ansin Intercultural Research Award from Boston University. The book she co-authored Universally Designed Leadership is the premier title for implementing UDL in systems and schools, and was ranked in the top 50 books for Educational Administration on Amazon. Kristan has been a consultant on leadership and learning for twenty years, and has traveled internationally and nationally to share her expertise. Dr. Rodriguez draws from her experience as a Superintendent of Schools and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, where she obtained an “exemplary” rating in both positions (the highest rating given in the state of Massachusetts). She also uses her experience as a curriculum director, curriculum coordinator, professor, principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher to enhance her work supporting systems, schools, and educators. Dr. Rodriguez specializes her consulting in Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the field of educational leadership and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Other consulting areas include culturally sustaining pedagogy, strategy development, administrator mentoring and coaching; data-based decision making; literacy, and educator evaluation.
Dr. Katie Novak is a Strategic Partner to RECA. She partners with Dr. Rodriguez on three large statewide contracts that support over 100 school teams in the areas of inclusive practice, MTSS, and tiered literacy. Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant, a practicing leader in education, and author of 4 books published by CAST Professional Publishing. Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and universally designed leadership.
Laurie Casna, J.D. serves as a PD presenter, technical assistance provider and graduate course instructor for RECA. She is an experienced special educator, administrator, and consultant as well as a licensed attorney. Ms. Casna is currently a Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts and has experience as a Director of Personnel and Student Services and a Special Education Director. As a technical assistance provider for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Inclusive Practice Academy, Laurie is experienced at designing and delivering comprehensive planning sessions using proven and effective RECA designed protocols. Laurie also provides graduate courses and run books groups for RECA. Ms. Casna holds a Masters Degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education from Bridgewater State College and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School. She is currently completing her Doctoral Studies in Curriculum and Leadership at Northeastern University. Ms. Casna focuses her support with districts on UDL, Co-Teaching, Special Education Program Development, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, and Education Law.
Matt Holloway, M.Ed., M.P.P. is a Strategic Partner to RECA and will support the organization by offering PD and technical assistance, leading strategic planning, and engaging in grant/contract management, with a focus on developing nationwide partnerships between RECA and state/regional agencies. Matt has a deep background in education policy and practice, with experience at the state, regional, and district levels. As Coordinator for Educator Development at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Matt designed the Massachusetts Guidebook for Inclusive Practice and Foundations for Inclusive Practice online courses. At DESE, Matt also supervised multiple federal and state grant programs, facilitated the Teacher and Principal Advisory Cabinets, and co-led the state’s partnership with the Collaborative for Social, Academic, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). At Texas Education Service Center Region 13, Matt supported special education for 60 school districts in central Texas, collaborating with district leadership towards progress in the general curriculum in the least restrictive environment appropriate for students with disabilities.
Mirko Chardin supports RECA with keynote presentations and onsite workshops and technical assistance. Mirko is the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko was a keynote speaker at the 2017 UDL for Social Justice Symposium, the 2018 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leading with Equity & Access Conference, the 2019 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute and was the 2019 opening keynote speaker for multiple public school districts. Mr. Chardin is also a race, diversity and cultural proficiency facilitator & leadership coach for the Aspire Institute at Boston University and is a Virtual Module Content Provider and In-Person Technical Assistance Provider for the MA Dept. of Ed.’s Inclusive Instruction Academy. He is also a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Creative Leadership Institute. Mirko is available to provide workshops, seminars and trainings on implicit bias, microaggressions, restorative practice, identity, courageous conversations about race and personal narrative.
Pam Casna serves as a presenter and technical assistance provider for RECA with a focus on supporting ELs and Charter Schools. She has extensive experience supporting English learners and is the K-8 Principal of Codman Academy Charter School, located Massachusetts. Prior to joining Codman Academy, Pam worked in the New York City Public Schools, first as an English as a Second Language teacher and then moving into administrative roles, supporting language development of all learners.
Jennifer Quinn, M.Ed. has a strong knowledge base and background in leading professional development in the areas of UDL, ELA, and Mathematics. In the field of education for over 25 years, for fifteen of those years, she has been a consultant directly supporting teachers to improve instruction. She teaches graduate courses in Universal Design for Learning and provides onsite and online UDL, curriculum and educator evaluation technical assistance for RECA.
Rebecca Noon, M.S.Ed, BCBA, LABA Becky uses her background as a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) and a licensed applied behavior analyst (LABA) to provide behavioral support services for districts supported by RECA. Services include Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Support Plan Development, ABLLS-R Assessments, VB-MAPP Assessments, Case Consultation, Program Evaluation, a 40-Hour RBT Training Course, and BCBA, BCaBA, RBT Supervision. For over the last 15 years, Rebecca has worked throughout Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire within public schools, private schools, collaborative schools, and home environments.
Tom Thibodeau is the co-author of UDL in the Cloud and currently teaches online graduate courses for RECA via Novak. Tom has been an assistant provost at the New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich, RI for 15 years.
Rafael Rodriguez is the Chief Financial Officer for RECA. He manages the investment and business arm of the company and oversees strategic operations. Rafael brings his experience as an investor and business owner to the organization. In addition, he has a keen awareness of the company’s focus on equity and shares its vision for ensuring the success of all students. This mission was lived in his many years’ experience of being a professional and volunteer coach and running youth programming for Catholic Charities in Boston.
Recent Workshop Feedback:
“This workshop was seriously incredible. Dr. Rodriguez is SO talented, and is an AMAZING presenter. She is exactly what I aspire to be as a professional development provider.”
“Very impressive, thought-provoking workshop. Dr. Rodriguez is a born leader in the field of education. Very captivating speaker! I enjoyed Kahoot! Immensely. Well done, you lit up all 3 parts of my brain.”
“Dr. Rodriguez is one of the most effective top-level professionals involved in the implementation of the policies set forth by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is greatly sought after as the quality of her work is well-known throughout the state and the nation.” -Executive Director of an Educational Collaborative
“[Dr. Rodriguez] not only will bring a depth of knowledge and experience that will benefit your organization, but she also will bring integrity, trustworthiness, and an ability to work effectively with a wide range of personalities.” -Retired Superintendent
“Dr. Rodriguez is a seasoned district administrator with a unique combination of academic research and strengths in instructional delivery.” -College Director of Programming
“Kristan is a model of a universally designed leader. She understands the importance of engagement..She designs and delivers graduate courses and administrative retreats with firm goals, but flexible means.” -Assistant Superintendent of Schools
“[Dr. Rodriguez] challenged me to push my limits and become not only a better Finance Director but a well-rounded school administrator” -Director of Business and Finance
“As I reflect on my own development and growth as an educator and administrator, I have taken with me many lessons learned from my time as Dr. Rodriguez’s student. She has inspired and directed my growth towards transformative leadership, through teaching concepts of collaboration, motivation, professionalism, vision, goal setting, balanced risk taking, and truly allowing my passion for teaching and pedagogy to grow and thrive.” -Special Education Administrator
“[Kristan’s] ability to find compromise and develop creative solutions to difficult issues helped me immensely. She is a wealth of experience and knowledge that I relied on heavily.” -High School Principal
“Regardless of how challenging the problem I presented to her, Dr. Rodriguez always made things seem easier and more manageable.” -Middle School Principal
“First and foremost, Kristan possesses a vast working knowledge of educational practices, from cutting-edge, innovative research-based models to established best practices and state mandates. Her willingness and ability to communicate information in a confident, clear, and understandable manner to a wide variety of audiences is an invaluable skill. Kristan is a critical thinker who excels at analyzing and synthesizing complex information from a variety of sources to drive decision making.” -School Committee Member and Research Scientist
“Excellent session with a variety of resources and ‘how to’ ideas.” -Sample Workshop Session Feedback