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Christy Chambers, Ed.D

With over 25 years experience as an administrator, Dr. Chambers has been a Director/Superintendent of three special education joint agreements. She began her career as a special education teacher before assuming the roles of professional development coordinator, diagnostic services supervisor, program supervisor, federal grants manager and assistant director. Increasing the capacity of local school districts to improve outcomes for students has been a hallmark of her career. Her experience and capacity to lead change in the area of restructuring and improving education delivery systems has lead to significant reform within Illinois and has been recognized nationally.

Dr. Chambers is the recipient of numerous state and national awards for leadership and is the author and frequent presenter of leadership workshops and academies on "Leading with Heart in Times of Cardiac Arrest".

Dr. Chambers received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and Masters and Doctorate degrees in special education administration from Illinois State University where she was a Ada Welch Scholar and graduate fellowship recipient. She is Past President of the Council of Administrators of Special Education.

Dr. Chambers is Co-Founder/CEO of Beyond the Box, LLC, a consulting group assisting schools, parents and companies dedicated to improving education outcomes for children and their families.

Ted Burke, Consultant

With over 15 years of experience in professional development, Ted Burke has created comprehensive, coordinated statewide training programs that have been recognized and chosen as models for presentation at the Division of Early Childhood’s Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families for the past six years (2005-2010). He has showcased models of web-based training at the 2008 Council for Exceptional Children Conference and the 2009 Pacific Rim Conference. Presentations include sessions at the 2011 Council for Exceptional Children Conference and the 2011 Annual Conference of the International Society of Early Interventionists.

Ted has been involved in training and professional development in the field of early intervention since 1993 and has been the Director of the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program since 2002. The Training Program has provided professional development opportunities to over 60,000 participants through workshops, conferences, and online learning opportunities during Ted’s time as director of the program. Ted’s close relationships and effective collaborations with a multitude of organizations, agencies and programs serving young children and families is the cornerstone of his success in the field of professional development.

Ted is a past Chairman of the Information Technology Committee of the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and currently serves as an advisory member of the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center’s Early Childhood Outcome Technical Assistance Cadre, and as a steering committee member of the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI).