Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D.,nbsp;is Department Head and Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. A teacher, scholar, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. Henbsp;is the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences.nbsp;He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learningnbsp;and Teaching (MLT)nbsp;in whichnbsp;he serves as co-executive Editor. Obiakor is a leader whonbsp;has been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, henbsp;created the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.