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Our ExcEL Texas Now consultants are experienced education professionals who have worked with schools and districts nationwide on elevating instruction and achievement. They focus on supporting and developing the collaborative role of campus cohort teams in strategic planning for English Learner achievement using research-based frameworks and practices.
Desirée Marks-Arias, Ph.D.
Dr. Desirée Marks-Arias, an advocate for all students, is committed to the design and delivery of instruction that will serve the needs and interests of all learners. Passionate about innovation and achievement for teaching and learning, she is focused on maximizing performance and academic potential for English Language Learners. Dr. Marks-Arias is an educator who has served as a teacher, principal, and central administrator with expertise in instructional leadership and development, school improvement, strategic planning, and reflective coaching. In her role as Assistant Superintendent in a large urban district, she developed and led systems and processes emphasizing strategic support and achievement which resulted in 90% of assigned schools meeting or exceeding standards with over half of them earning distinctions on the state assessment. As a national executive and leadership coach for district and campus administrators, she continues to support the work that will impact the learning experiences for all students.
Notable accomplishments and recognition for her work and commitment to education include the DISD Superintendent’s Award of Commendation; TMEA Distinguished Educator Award; Education Policy Summit participant—28th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.; Cooperative Superintendency Fellow at UT Austin; and recipient of the Teachers, Leaders and Explorers Award of Excellence from the Aerospace Education Foundation. Dr. Marks-Arias earned her doctorate in Education Policy at the University of Texas, Austin.
Christopher Moersch, Ed.D.
Dr. Chris Moersch is passionate about creating learning environments utilizing Digital Age Best Practices to promote academic success. As the author of the LoTi® and H.E.A.T.® Frameworks, he is an expert in the field of digital learning, school improvement, and using data to drive instructional practices. Dr. Moersch has over 25 years of experience in the areas of curriculum development, program evaluation, and technology integration practices. His specialization includes implementing school improvement initiatives, creating 21st Century learning environments, and facilitating organizational change. His latest book, Improving Student Achievement with Digital Age Best Practices available from Corwin Press, highlights how implementing twenty-first century-based best practices can elevate student achievement and teacher innovation among low SES populations.
Dr. Moersch’s LoTi (Levels of Teaching Innovation) Framework is currently used worldwide to assess effective digital learning practices and has been the topic for action research in over 300 doctoral dissertations and 500 publications over the past 20 years. His primary work targets ways of leveraging existing resources to elevate student academic progress among historically low-achieving, at-risk populations. Dr. Moersch earned his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Southern California.
Contact us to schedule a complimentary overview, schedule a workshop, or just get started making instruction simple, connected, and effective for English Learners.
Dr. Desirée Marks-Arias (214) 864-2704
Dr. Chris Moersch (858) 245-3746