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David Edwards

Dave Edwards is a queer person and career educator who has served in almost every role in preK–12 school communities: special education paraprofessional, special education teacher, middle and high school classroom teacher, special education coordinator, dean of students, and assistant head of school. Dave was lead instructor for the nontraditional teacher licensure program in emotional and …

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Maurice J. Elias

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is a professor and former director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology, Rutgers University. He is also director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab (, academic director of the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service (, and founding member of the Leadership Team for the Coll…

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Elizabeth Englander

Elizabeth Englander is a college professor who has spent more than 25 years doing research and thinking about ways to help kids be happier, less worried, and make more friends as they grow up.

She’s written eight books and about a hundred really nerdy, technical articles in research journals. She likes writing, riding her bike, and very noisy power tools. 

She has an equally nerdy husban…

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Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A.

Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A., has been a secondary English teacher, professional development specialist, college professor, and director of training and curriculum for a federally funded character education program.

His previous books include The Classroom of Choice (ASCD, 2004) and Inspiring the Best in Students (ASCD, 2010). Jon is currently an independent educational consultant, a senior faculty mem…

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Pamela Espeland

Pamela Espeland authored, coauthored, or edited over 200 books for Free Spirit Publishing on a variety of subjects.

She graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Pamela passed away in September 2021.

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Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D.

Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D.,  is an associate professor of education and the coordinator of global experiences for the College of Education at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She teaches courses on topics related to special education, developmental theory, and children’s literature.

She lives in Zionsville, Indiana.

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