A Story of Oneder

Founded in 2011 by Jonathan Izak, Oneder develops simple tools for empowering educators and maximizing the unique abilities of every student. By using advanced technology in simple ways, Oneder enables administrators, professionals, teachers and all those involved in the special education ecosystem to have common goals and a clear understanding of progress to make data-driven decisions. The company prides itself on delivering solutions that meet the requirements of academic and functional academic standards, while addressing the unique needs of each student and their IEP goals.

The Oneder Advisory Team

Dr. Alice Parker

Chair of Advisory Board

Alice Parker has more than 45 years of experience in the classroom, as a building principal, a district administrator, an assistant superintendent of public instruction for California, the National Director for Cross & Joftus, LLC for Special Education and the owner/president of Parker Educational Consulting, Inc. Her areas of expertise include public policy and practice as well as special education models that meet federal and state compliance but are rooted in the Response to Intervention approach and are focused on improved outcomes for all children at risk of school failure.  Read more >>

She has worked as a consultant to state departments of education, local school districts, and charter management organizations and agencies and provided support, consultation, and training in improving leadership; reducing disproportion; and implementing Response to Intervention, inclusive preschool and special education service delivery options, and systems change. She is a past president of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and served on their board of directors from 1999-2005. She has received numerous honors including the NASDSE Heritage Award and the National Association of School Psychologists’ Friend of Children’s Award for public service.

She has been a national trainer in special education, early intervention strategies, and Response to Intervention (RtI) through Sopris West Educational Services and private consulting nationally. From 2007-09, Dr. Parker also worked for Aspire Public Schools as the Executive Director of Innovation and Dissemination for Special Education through a grant from the Don and Doris Fisher Foundation. She has been part of the Cross & Joftus team since 2008, as the National Director for Special Education and worked thru them for the Kansas Learning Network, the LAUSD ARRA School Improvement Project for 168 Charter Schools of the District, the lead for school improvement work for Wayne Township MSD (Indianapolis), and one of two court-appointed Technical Compliance Assistance team members for Los Angeles County juvenile detention center-Camp Challenger/Christa McAuliffe School.

Parker has a doctorate from the University of San Francisco in Education-Organization and Leadership, a Masters in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. from Indiana University in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Dr. Alexa Posny

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Posny has almost four decades of experience in education spanning from classroom teacher to Chief State School Officer to Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education. She was most recently Senior Vice President of State and Federal Programs for Renaissance Learning.  Read more >>

Dr. Posny was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) on October 5, 2009. In this position, she played a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting special education and rehabilitative services across the country. She helped ensure equal access to education and employment services leading to improvement for all infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults, particularly individuals with disabilities. She also served as the principal adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education on all matters related to special education.

Prior to arriving at the Department, Dr. Posny served as the Commissioner of Education for the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) since June 2007. As Commissioner, Dr. Posny was responsible for helping over 450,000 students meet or exceed high academic standards, licensing over 45,000 teachers, and overseeing a state budget of over $4.5 billion. She worked with the Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) and the KSDE in carrying out the policies and programs proscribed by state law and implemented the state’s standards and assessments to help prepare all students for their next steps after high school.

From 2006 to 2007, she was appointed as the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, she assisted state and local efforts to effectively educate all children and youth with disabilities, served as the primary communication link between OSEP and constituencies regarding the Administration’s priorities and initiatives, responded to constituency concerns and needs, and provided leadership for development of national consensus on the issues facing special education.

Dr. Posny served as deputy commissioner of education at the Kansas State Department of Education, from 2001 to 2006, where she was responsible for the overall operation of the Division of Learning Services. In this position she provided leadership and supervision in the delivery of services for school districts, other local education agencies and teacher preparation institutions regarding school improvement and accreditation, state assessments and accountability, licensure and teacher education, state and federal education programs, special education and technical education, and planning and research.

From 1999 to 2001, she served as the state director of special education at the KSDE. And from 1997 to 1999, she served as the director of special education for the Shawnee Mission School District in Overland Park, KS. Prior to that, she was the Director of the Curriculum and Instruction Specialty Option as part of the Title 1 Technical Assistance Center (TAC) network
of TACs across the United States, and a Senior Research Associate at Research and Training Associates in Overland Park, KS.

In years prior she served on the board of directors for the Chief State School Officers and the National Council for Learning Disabilities, and chaired the National Assessment Governing Board's Special Education Task Force. Dr. Posny has been recognized frequently for her educational leadership. In 2005, she received the Kansas High School Activities Association
Governor's Award, an honor accorded to one individual in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of secondary education in the state of Kansas. In 2004, she was named Administrator of the Year by the Kansas Association of Educational Office Professionals and in 2001 she received the Outstanding Contributor Award for the state of Kansas from the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Posny earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she also minored in special education. She earned a master's degree in behavioral disabilities from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She has one son, Alek, who is currently employed as a transportation engineer and planner at Kittelson & Associates in the Washington DC area. He is a registered professional engineer and certified planner with a civil engineering degree from Iowa State University, and Masters' degrees in civil engineering and city and regional planning from Georgia Tech. Alek has worked on pedestrian and bicycle plans, roadway safety initiatives, corridor studies, and for those of you who like them, he designs roundabout projects in locations throughout the country.

Throughout her career, Dr. Posny has been heavily involved in program, policy and compliance issues at the district, state and federal levels. Most importantly, she has been a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels and remained a teacher until 2010, serving as adjunct faculty with the University of Kansas.

Melanie H. Johnston, MA

Advisory Board Member

Melanie H. Johnston, MA is the Executive Director of BRITE Success, LLC,  which provides consulting and therapy services to teachers, parents, caregivers,  and therapists who deal with those with developmental disabilities and ASD. 

Dr. Michael Wilson

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Michael Wilson is Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching and Director of the Teachers College School to Prison Pipeline Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a former high school special education teacher where he taught mathematics and government to students who were labeled with emotional and behavioral disorders.  Read more >>

He earned his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Maryland at College Park, where his research focused on policies and the organization of education services in public and alternative settings for students labeled at-risk, students with disabilities, and students involved in the juvenile justice system. He completed postdoctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University where he focused on theories of difference and the organization of education through exclusion. Dr. Wilson has participated in and led education evaluation projects of academic and behavioral programming within numerous state juvenile and adult facilities. He has served as Resource Fellow and researcher for the National Center for Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice, where he conducted original and policy research examining the educational status and experiences of students involved in the juvenile system. Dr. Wilson conducts research examining the effects of policies, school contexts and practices on the academic and social outcomes of marginalized students. Through this research, he seeks to understand how social contexts, school policies, and individual practices facilitate disability, school failure, exclusion, delinquency, and involvement in the criminal justice system.

“At the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, teachers and speech therapists are learning to Oneder. This powerful platform is being utilized to enhance learning for students who struggle with traditional instructional tools. Oneder enables educators across the county to seamlessly combine images, videos, messages, schedules, and more into personalized, meaningful activities that enhance expression and foster independence...

Michelle Lubetsky, M.Ed, BCBA, Allegheny Intermediate Unit

“By Providing access to curriculum in a way our students can comprehend and retain, educators are able to bridge the gap of learning, increase student engagement, and produce an overwhelmingly positive impact on their classroom and district success”

Melanie Johnston, Executive Director, Brite Success

“Oneder has changed the way therapists, teachers, and families approach the task of teaching language development, social expectations and functional communication for our diverse student population.”

Beth Campanelli, CCC-SLP, Porthier Elementary School

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