Who We Are

The Essential Practice Frames and associated rubrics were developed by a team of researchers led by Susan P. O’Hara from UC Davis School of Education, REEd, and Robert Pritchard from EPF for teaching. This team worked with stakeholders, including teacher leaders, administrators, literacy experts, education researchers and more.

Dr. Bob PritchardDr. Bob Pritchard, co-founder of EPF for Teaching is a language and literacy specialist who works extensively with teachers and administrators around the county implementing high leverage, research-based, instructional practices associated with improved student learning across content areas. A former classroom teacher and reading specialist, Bob also worked internationally for nine years as an ESL teacher and program specialist.

Debi PittaDebi Pitta, Vice President of Professional Learning for EPF for teaching, was an elementary and secondary teacher as well as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction where her primary responsibility was to provide professional development for teachers. Debi currently supports the professional learning of teachers and administrators on topics ranging from academic language and literacy development, differentiated instruction, and professional learning communities.

EPF works with a cohort of facilitators with deep expertise in instructional practice, professional development and experience in public education settings.

REEd Partners

susanoharaDr. Susan O’Hara is Executive Director of Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) at University of California Davis and former professor at Stanford University. She leads a team developing and testing Essential Practice Frames that articulate high leverage practices to meet the learning needs of all students. Susan directs two large federal grants investigating best models for improving outcomes for English Learners and developing Integrated Professional Learning Systems.

Dr. Joanne Bookmyer is the Senior Director, Inquiry and Improvement Science at Resourcing Excellence in Education (REEd) at University of California Davis. She joined REEd in 2001. Her interests are in the areas the areas of teacher professional development and K-16 school reform and she has an extensive background in conducting program evaluation and educational research including evaluations of state and national grant initiatives, collaborative research and project management.

Strategic Partners