Jessica Wollman is SVP, General Manager Curriculum of Scholastic’s Education Solutions group. Jessica began her career as a pre-K and primary teacher in New York City public and private schools. She joined Scholastic Media in 1997, where she developed informal learning curricula for numerous award winning series such as Clifford the Big Red Dog and WordGirl. Jessica held a variety of positions during her 18-year tenure at Scholastic, eventually serving as Vice President of Content and Instruction for Scholastic Education. In 2015, she joined HMH, where, as Vice President, Learning Architecture, she managed the development of Early Learning, Reading, and Intervention curricula. In 2018 she joined Heinemann Publishing as the Vice President and Publisher of the Lucy Calkins/TCRWP Portfolio. Jessica has devoted her career to transforming education through print and digital resources of the highest quality. Read 180, Into Reading and The Units of Study are just a few of the curricular products that she has had the privilege to manage. Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Columbia University as well as a master’s degree in early childhood special education from New York University.
Walter Gilliam is the Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center and Director of Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. He is Past President of Child Care Aware of America; a member of the board of directors for ZERO TO THREE, the Irving Harris Foundation, First Children’s Finance, and All Our Kin; a research fellow of the National Institute for Early Education Research; and former Senior Advisor to the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Dr. Gilliam is co-recipient of the prestigious 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Education for the coauthored book, A Vision for Universal Preschool Education. His research and scholarly writing address early childhood care and education, early childhood mental health, school readiness, developmental assessment of young children, race and gender disparities in early childhood, and the health and wellbeing of early childhood educators. He is most known for his work on preschool expulsion and suspension, early childhood mental health consultation, and race and gender bias in early childhood settings. His work frequently has been covered in major national and international news outlets, and he actively provides consultation to state and federal decision-makers, and invited Congressional briefings and testimony on early childhood issues.