Dean L. Fixsen, Ph.D. began his career in human services in 1963 as a Psychiatric Aide in a large state hospital for children with profound developmental delays. Dean combined this work with education and received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from the University of Kansas in 1970. Beginning in 1969 he served as Co-Director of the Achievement Place Research Project during the years of intense research on the treatment components of the Teaching-Family Model. In 1975, Dean was one of five Teaching-Family researchers who moved to Father Flanagan's Boys' Home to transition that large organization from institutional care to family-based care for boys and girls. In 1979, Dean, Karen Blase, and others began developing and evaluating a system to replicate and implement the Teaching-Family Model nationally. In 1986, Dean and his colleagues helped to establish and test adaptations and extensions of the Teaching-Family Model in home-based treatment settings and treatment foster care settings in Alberta, Canada and developed self-help Family Resource Centers in neighborhoods in Calgary.
In 1995, Dean began to focus on the critical dimensions associated with national implementation of a variety of evidence-based programs. This work has led to a major review of the implementation evaluation literature, reviews of successful implementation practices, and the development of a network of program purveyors, implementation sites, family and cultural experts, state and federal policy makers, and researchers.
Dean is co-director, along with Karen Blase, of the National Implementation Research Network and of the State Implementation and Scaling up Evidence-based Practices Center. He has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults. In addition to co-authoring over 100 publications, he has advised federal, state, and local governments. Dean is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Susan Castillo comes to her position as Oregon’s Superintendent of Public Instruction with a belief that the education of our children is the best place to start making a difference in the world. Susan began her second term as Oregon’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction in January 2007. First elected to a four-year term in May 2002, she oversees more than a half-million students in over 1,200 public schools. Susan believes there’s a strong connection between raising achievement for all students and getting Oregon on track to a future of economic growth and prosperity. She has focused on key priorities to improving education in Oregon: making the education system more accountable; promoting literacy; closing the achievement gap; improving middle and high schools; strengthening community ties; and making the Oregon Department of Education more efficient.
Formerly an award-winning journalist and the first Hispanic woman to hold a seat in the Oregon Legislative Assembly, Susan believes that by embracing innovation and change, schools will be better prepared to raise academic achievement for all students. By emphasizing the vital link between education and economic well-being, she is committed to preparing our students for college, work and life in the 21st century.