Charles E. Ruebling, Ph.D.
Vice President, The Ruebling Group, LLC
Director, Center for School Redesign

Dr. Ruebling is the Director of the Center for School Redesign, Vice President of The Ruebling Group, LLC, and an educational consultant.

During his 32-year career in education, Dr. Ruebling has served as an educational leader in Iowa and Minnesota and worked in an education related private sector business.  His public school leadership assignments have included curriculum development, library/media programs, the application of educational technology, staff development, assessment programs, and teaching team leader.  In the private sector, he led development and marketing for school administration and instructional management software products.  Over the last decade, Dr. Ruebling has been a consultant focusing on curriculum, assessment, and leadership development; technology planning, and designing information systems for managing curriculum and instruction.

Dr. Ruebling is a past president of the Iowa Educational Media Association and the North Iowa Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, was appointed by the governor to the Minnesota Elementary/Secondary/Vocational Computer Council, which he chaired, was elected to the TIES (Regional Computer Center) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and served on the Eden Prairie (MN) Board of Education.

Dr. Ruebling received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling, and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Administration, all from Iowa State University. He can be contacted at The Center for School Redesign, 2672 Blackwater Road NW, Longville, MN 56655.  Phone:  218-682-3392.  E-mail: chuck@rueblinggroup.com.

Nancy Clarke
Assistant Superintendent, Retired
Cave Creek (AZ) School District
, Center for School Redesign

Mrs. Clarke is an educational consultant working with school districts and charter schools to improve the skills of teachers and administrators in the areas of curriculum, assessment, instruction, and leadership.

Mrs. Clarke’s leadership in schools includes curriculum development, special education, state and federal program, testing, gifted education, staff development, Title I programs, and elementary school principal.  In 1991, she was recognized as an Outstanding Principal in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Mrs. Clarke was a district administrator for the Cave Creek Unified School District in Cave Creek, Arizona.  Her responsibilities included curriculum coordinator, special education director, State and Federal projects director, testing coordinator, and staff developer.  Prior to this position, she was an elementary principal, gifted program developer and teacher, Title I program developer/teacher and a classroom teacher.  Mrs. Clarke’s consulting work includes membership on the Iowa State University School Improvement Model Team working in school districts across the country developing curriculum and assessment aligned with state standards.  She is a member of the Arizona Department of Education Solutions Team evaluating the implementation of curriculum in failing schools.  She has served as an adjunct instructor for Northern Arizona University teaching classroom assessment.

Mrs. Clarke is a past President of Public Education Partnership, a 501 C3 non-profit organization which raises money for community education; after school and summer programs; fine arts education; and mini-grants for teachers in the Cave Creek (AZ) Unified School District.  With others, she has published articles in Charter School Monthly, Iowa Educational Leadership, The Educational Forum, and Clearing House.

Mrs. Clarke received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from San Diego State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education/ focus gifted education from Arizona State University. She can be contacted at P.O. Box 3156, Carefree, AZ 85377. Phone: 480-488-9266.  E-mail: rnclarke37@dancris.com.

Frances Kayona, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University  ~  St. Cloud, MN
, Center for School Redesign

Dr. Kayona, is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Community Psychology at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  She teaches courses in advanced supervision, program evaluation, personnel administration, curriculum development, research design, and organizational theory.

Dr. Kayona served as the assistant director, research associate, and consultant for the School Improvement Model Research Center at Iowa State University in Ames.  As a consultant to project school districts, Dr. Kayona led teachers in the development of standards-based curriculum and assessment for all content area.  She also worked with stakeholders and school administrators developing performance evaluation systems for teachers, administrators, and support and classified staff, with an emphasis on the use of 360-degree feedback.

Dr. Kayona has traveled widely throughout the People’s Republic of China where she taught conversational English for middle school students living in Xinjiang Province.  Dr. Kayona is co-editor of copyrighted publications of standards-based curricula and criterion-referenced assessments in language arts and mathematics.  She has presented on the topics of curriculum development and implementation and instructional leadership at the University Council for Educational Administration Conferences.

Dr. Kayona received a Bachelor of Arts degree in socio-cultural anthropology from Arizona State University and Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Leadership from Iowa State University.  She can be contacted at St. Cloud University, A279 Education Building, St. Cloud, MN 56301. 
Phone:320-308-3170.  E-mail:  fakayona@stcloudstate.edu.

Shirley Stow, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Retired
Iowa State University  ~ Ames, IA
, Center for School Redesign

Dr. Stow is an educational consultant working to improve the educational environment in schools through effective leadership, the development of curricula and the appropriate assessments, and professional growth of teachers.

Dr. Stow’s leadership in public schools includes classroom teacher grades 3-8, K-12 social studies department head, elementary school principal, and curriculum director.  As an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at Iowa State University in Ames, she directed the field-based School Improvement Model Research Center for 25 years. Each year Dr. Stow works with numerous groups of educational professionals to improve their skills in curriculum, assessment, and leadership. She has worked at 65 project sites across the United States, in Canada, and in Western Europe.  She has worked in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Panama and in the Taipei American School in Taiwan. And she has been a consultant to under performing schools in South Carolina and Arizona as well as Charter Schools.

Dr. Stow was honored to be selected to participate in the National Invitational Research Conference sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  She has received curriculum audit training and served on the steering committee of a Ford Foundation grant for planning educational television programs for Iowa students.  Dr. Stow has written manuals and books and is published widely in journals. Selected books include A Clinical Manual for Teacher Performance Evaluation (with R. P. Manatt), a Report for Developing and Testing a Model for Measuring and Improving Educational Outcomes (with R. P. Manatt), various train-the-trainers manuals, and a Technical Report of a Follow-Up Study (which focused on the use of leadership skills). Selected articles include A Systems Approach to Curriculum Development and Curriculum-Aligned Testing, Improving Student Learning: Lessons From the Filed (with C. E. Ruebling, F. A. Kayona, and N. A. Clarke), and Instructional Leadership: An Essential Ingredient for Improving Student Learning (with C. E Ruebling, F.A Kayona, and N.A. Clarke).

Dr. Stow received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education from Drake University; a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration, Elementary from Iowa State University; and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Administration (with emphasis on Curriculum) from Iowa State University.  She can be contacted at 2829 Buckingham Court, Ames, IA 50010.  Phone: 515-232-6584.  E-mail: sbstow@qwest.net.

Vic Rinke
Principal, Retired
Pine River Elementary School, Pine River, MN
Consultant, Center for School Redesign

Mr.Rinke served as principal of Pine River Elementary School, Pine River, MN, for 28 years.  He retired in the spring of 2006.  Pine River Elementary School was one of 13 schools in Minnesota identified as Schools that Work in a study by the St. Paul Pioneer Press in June 2006.  Under his leadership the school has been recognized for student achievement and continued growth on state assessments.  The State Department of Education, the Governor, St. Thomas University, and Education Trust have recognized and studied practices on site at Pine River Elementary School.

Mr. Rinke’s principalship has emphasized the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, data analysis, program evaluation, staff development, and collaboration.  His students-centered focus found him regularly in the classrooms.

Mr. Rinke supported teacher training in and out of the district on the Elements of Effective Instruction.  He played a key role in the Blandin Principal Fellowship Program from 1980 to1990 where 450 principals statewide were trained in school and community leadership.  As co-founder, he served on the Board where a $1.5 million grant supported the program.

He also served in several leadership roles for Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association.  He was recognized in 2005 for his school and professional leadership and 32 years of service to Minnesota schools.  He served in his local community as president of the chamber of commerce and Lions International as well as on boards including hospital, county health, church, regional libraries, economic development, recreational trail development, and conservation stewardship.

Mr. Rinke holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in elementary education and secondary education from Bemidji (MN) State University and Master of Arts and Specialist degrees in administration, both from the University of Wisconsin.  During the summer months (May through October), he may be contacted at 3982 Drake Drive, Hackensack, MN 56452.  Phone:  218-286-2866.  During the winter months (November through April), contact him at 100 Lamplighter Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145.  Phone: 239-294-6327.  His e-mail address is vic_rinke@yahoo.com.


2006  Center for School Redesign, A Division of The Ruebling Group, LLC
Revised 9/27/06