Antoinette Melvin, M.A.

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Antoinette Melvin, M.A. is an Associate and English language arts (ELA) Specialist with edCount, with extensive knowledge of the Common Core State Standards for ELA and a specialty in technical writing. Ms. Melvin has over a decade of experience leading K-12 ELA initiatives at the classroom, school, and district levels in North Carolina. These roles have given her a wide range of experiences with ELA standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Ms. Melvin has provided leadership in North Carolina schools and districts by writing curriculum and assessments, collaborating with teachers on best practices within instruction, and collaborating with district leaders to provide curriculum implementation guidance and to create initiatives to improve student learning. Ms. Melvin has experience facilitating professional development for district-wide audiences including teachers and administrative staff to refine and improve instructional practices in ELA. Ms. Melvin has had a comprehensive experience in utilizing standards-, research-, and evidence-based instructional practices to assist and guide her colleagues. Her professional experiences in education have cultivated Ms. Melvin’s skills in literacy instructional practices alongside her expertise in collaborating across teams to provide leadership and assistance where needed.

Ms. Melvin received a B.S. in English and a M.A. in English with a concentration in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures from East Carolina University.

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George Ligon IV, M.Ed.

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George Ligon IV, M.Ed. is an Associate and Mathematics Specialist at edCount, LLC, where he works on the New York State Department of Education large-scale alignment evaluation in grades 3-8. Mr. Ligon uses his content and Common Core expertise to assist in the development of mathematics test items.

Mr. Ligon served as a mathematics educator in low-performing schools and lent his expertise in mathematics to districts and organizations as a mathematics department head and mathematics test developer. Most recently, George has provided educational consulting services for school districts across the U.S. as well as for international clients, such as the Egyptian Knowledge Bank. In this capacity, he facilitated professional development via workshops and virtual webinars for K–12, higher education, and cooperate education partners, provided instructional support and educator coaching for math, science, technology, STEM, STEAM, health, physical education, ELA and special education content areas, and provided best practice instructional support for the use of educational resources. He has strong experience in writing, reviewing, and aligning assessments, curriculum, and professional development content to education standards, including Common Core.

Mr. Ligon earned a B.S. in Physical Education from the University of South Florida in 2006 and a Master’s in Educational Leadership as a Math Specialist Leader from George Mason University in 2013. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Education Policy and Evaluation program at the Florida State University.

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Jean Clayton, M.A. Sp.Ed.

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Jean C. 2018Jean Clayton, M.A. Sp. Education, is a Research Associate with over 30 years of experience as an educator and alternate assessment expert. 

Currently, Ms. Clayton serves as the Alternate Assessment Specialist for the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program – Alternate, for science and social studies. In this role, she has assisted in the development of a series of 24 content modules that support the delivery of rigorous science and social studies instruction to students with significant cognitive disabilities. She has also been involved in work relating to the prioritization of assessment standards, writing alternate assessment targets, and reviewing test items to ensure their age- and grade-appropriateness, difficulty level, and adaptability to multiple types of scaffolding. In addition, she has facilitated an on-site differentiation study to examine the changes in content across grades in the TCAP-Alt, and led the development of grade 2 ELA test items. 

In a similar role, on the Mississippi Assessment Program – Alternate, Ms. Clayton develops writing tasks and reviews passages and task materials to ensure that student performance on these exams is aligned to the general academic content standards. She has also served as an Alternate Assessment Specialist for the California Alternate Assessment, to develop Core Content Connectors linking The California Alternate Assessments for Science to the California Next Generation Science Standards.

Recently, Ms. Clayton served as an English Language Arts Content Expert for development of New York State Department of Education (NYSED)’s Regents exam test items. She conducted virtual trainings and in-person workshops with educators, led them through the development of items for grades 3 – 8, and revised educator-developed items to assure alignment with the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards and Enhanced Item Specifications. She has also served as an ELA Content Area Expert on the Degrees of Reading Power project (measure of literacy skills), reviewing new test forms, and aligning items to college and career anchors.

Prior to joining edCount in 2013, Ms. Clayton served as a Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) through the University of Kentucky, providing training to project stakeholders on the Common Core State Standards, ELA and mathematics curriculum, instruction, and assessment with an emphasis on increasing access for students with significant disabilities. Upon joining edCount, she continued her work on NCSC as an assessment team member. She worked with center and state partners to review, monitor, and refine assessment materials as well as supported the development of curriculum documents, and facilitated an ELA alignment study panel.

Previously, Ms. Clayton worked as an Alternate Assessment Consultant for Keystone Assessment, LLC, where she developed processes for designing Hawaii’s alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards, and provided training and ongoing technical assistance to the project on content standards, curriculum, and assessment. As a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Inclusive Large-Scale Standards and Assessment Project (ILSSA) at the University of Kentucky, Ms. Clayton developed a systematic process to address the general curriculum for students with significant disabilities and served as the state coordinator for the Kentucky Assessment Project. Under this role, Ms. Clayton also provided technical assistance in the development of alternate assessment systems to several states including Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Delaware, and Georgia.

Ms. Clayton taught elementary education and special education in Kentucky for 22 years, with most of those years teaching students with significant cognitive disabilities. She earned a Master’s of Special Education from Murray State University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University. She is certified to teach Elementary, Middle School, and Exceptional Children, with a specialization in moderate and severe disabilities. Ms. Clayton has also received a Commonwealth of Kentucky Endorsement for Teaching Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.