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

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, M.A. is the Executive Director of BRITE Success,
LLC, which provides services to individuals with intellectual and
development disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder, to families and
professionals developing programs, and teaching individuals across the
life span using interventions that provide communication skills,
behavioral skills and readiness skills that are essential for
independence.

In 1983 she co-founded The Bynum School (originally known as
Developmental Disabilities Center) in Midland, Texas.  In the 1980’s Melanie
was given the opportunity to work directly under Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
providing what is now known as ABA Therapy.   Melanie has over 30 years
of experience not only as a Speech and Language Pathologist but also as
an Autism/BehaviorSpecialist in public schools, private practice and
collaborations with other agencies and service providers. As a private
consultant with BRITE Success, LLC she works with public school systems
throughout the country developing appropriate educational plans for
individuals with special needs providing trainings to faculty,
professionals and families.

Melanie has presented, published numerous papers, co-authored
RRP-TIRapid Response Program to Intervention (Wills-Brandon,
Brandon, Johnston 2007), and has been adjunct faculty at the University
of Texas, Austin.

Melanie has been at the forefront of implementing i-technology for
education in the areas of communication, assistive-technology, language,
transitional and learning needs. Melanie has been a sought-after speaker
speaking nationally at conferences and other trainings across the
country and was selected as the recipient of the American Association on
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) 2013 Education
Award.  Currently, she sits on the ONEder Advisory Board and continues
to advocate for all individuals with disabilities.

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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