Maureen Morriss is a 30-year teaching veteran and an author who has held leadership positions in the Australian Literacy Educators' Association and the Australian Literacy Federation. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in 1977, and later served as a principal, curriculum consultant, and staff developer. Maureen has also worked as a tenured lecturer in Australian universities. In 2000, she joined A.U.S.S.I.E. Inc., a leading provider of customized professional development services for K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad. She has worked extensively providing instructional literacy leadership support to teachers, coaches, and administrators in New York, NY, Montgomery County, MD, Hartford, CT, and Fairfax County, VA. Maureen created BLISS (Balanced Literacy Informational Seminar Series) for principals, now in its fifth year of use, and has acted as the regional leader for A.U.S.S.I.E. for New York City's Region 7. Her passion is, and has always been, to make a difference in the lives of children through her work with other educators.
Elizabeth Hartnell-Young is a research fellow in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her interests include teacher roles and professional development, ePortfolios, and using mobile technologies for learning in schools. Her recent experience in developing and managing innovative projects in Australian schools includes the Boys' Education Lighthouse Schools Project in over 350 schools. Formerly a secondary school principal, Elizabeth has also developed and presented leadership and career development programs for the Australian Principals Centre, universities, and government departments. She is a founder of ePortfolio Australia(tm), a consortium of educators supporting professional development and research into portfolios, and she has written numerous reports and professional papers, including a chapter in the Handbook of Research on ePortfolios ((2006). Elizabeth is also an honorary fellow in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. nbsp; nbsp; nbsp;