Cathy Watkins, Ph.D., President
Cathy Watkins, Ph.D., BCBA-D, received a doctorate from the University of Florida in 1987. She is a Professor of Special Education at California State University, Stanislaus and Director of the Center for Direct Instruction. Cathy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, past president of the California Association for Behavior Analysis, and current president of the Association for Direct Instruction.
Cathy is the author of Project Follow Through: A Case Study of Contingencies Influencing Instructional Practices of the Educational Establishment and co-author of two book chapters on Direct Instruction. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Direct Instruction and Education and Treatment of Children and on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Anne Berchtold, Vice-President
Anne Berchtold grew up in Sydney, Australia. It was there that she was exposed to Direct Instruction and a plethora of people involved in research. This had a profound effect on her and kindled a passionate interest in how students learn to read. In addition to teaching, Anne and her husband established a Clinical Practice where they used Direct Instruction Programs exclusively to remediate and accelerate students' learning. In 1990, they moved to the United States.
Anne has experience teaching at the Elementary, High school and college levels. She is on the faculty at Edison State College where she taught Educational Psychology in the Teacher Preparation Program and later Reading Courses. She has been a presenter and trainer at school, district, and state level conferences.
Currently, Anne is a Reading Coach with the Lee County School District, FL. She provides Professional Development and support to her colleagues with a focus on increasing student learning.
She holds a Degree in Education from Australian Catholic University; a Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida; and a Masters in Special Education from the University of South Florida.
Timothy Slocum, Ph.D., Secretary
Dr. Timothy Slocum has been involved with Direct Instruction for over 25 years as a special education teacher, instructional designer, researcher, and teacher trainer. He received his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Washington in 1992. Since that time, he has been on faculty in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation at Utah State University.
Tim's service extends beyond Utah State University and to the Cache Valley community. He was instrumental in transforming the Cache Valley Learning Center, a private school he co-founded, into a public school. The Bear River Charter School opened its doors in August 2010 and currently serves twice as many children in K-8 as the previous school.
Don Steely, Ph.D., Treasurer
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