We have collaborated for over thirty years as faculty members, administrators, and published scholars.
We have broad international experience with a deep appreciation for the cultural complexity of educational challenges and solutions.
We have extensive experience creating and implementing projects in complex educational situations.
We create leading edge solutions with the TRPP framework as a foundation for educational challenges.
We are experienced in learning environments that use state of the art technology.
We are dedicated to creating alliances between academic and student affairs.
We have a commitment to collaborating with you to become a seamless part of your team.
We are dedicated to formative and summative evaluation in all of our work.
What Others Say
"The CLADEA white paper, Meaningful Access and Support, by Casazza and Silverman thoroughly and eloquently answers the fallacious logic behind the simplistic idea that developmental instruction is the REASON for dismal success statistics. The statistics perpetuated are limited to a specific time frame that doesn't accurately represent the lives of many community college student profiles.
No developmental instructor I know has any objection to shaking up course format or instruction. As a matter of fact, most of us have always been the innovators in classroom instruction. We were "flipping" our classes long before that term was ever part of educational jargon. What we object to is telling students they are college ready when they truly are not and being prohibited from placing students accurately, thereby minimizing their chance for success."
Elizabeth Smith Instructor, Language and Literature State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
"Martha and Sharon devoted an incredible amount of time and effort to help us clarify and achieve our curriculum goals. They showed deep commitment to a quality outcome, kept us moving forward and on task, and were able to listen to and respect the needs of our diverse audiences. It is clear that they care deeply about the work they do, and our students are the lucky recipients. We hope to work with them again soon on other efforts."
Dr. Mary Johannesen-Schmidt and Dr. Robert Frank Professors, Oakton Community College
"Sharon and Martha are both extremely knowledgeable presenters and a pleasure to work with. I've worked with them for several years delivering numerous online instructional presentations, and they always strive to make a strong connection with their audience and deliver exceptional educational content."
Valerie Kisiel Innovative Educators
"I have always been impressed with the scholarship of Martha Casazza and Sharon Silverman. Their work is consistently well-researched, thoughtful, informative, and practical. When it comes to learning assistance and developmental education I would consider them to be among the most knowledgeable professionals in the field."
Dr. Hunter R. Boylan Director of the National Center for Developmental Education (NCDE) Professor of Higher Education at Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina
"I have read Dr. Silverman's and Dr Casazza's publications. I, like others, see them as testaments of their understanding of pedagogy, of the psychology of the learner, and of the complexity of various institutions of higher education, all of whom want their students to succeed. Together these professionals are capable of making very real contributions to help faculty and staff develop solutions for their settings. Their work ethic and sense of humor are as helpful as their grasp of reality and pedagogy. They are able to be rigorous and forthright without offending or threatening faculty or staff. Those are rare and much needed skill sets."
Phoebe K Helm Superintendent/President Hartnell College, Salinas, California Past President Harry S Truman College, Chicago, Illinois
"It has been an honor to work with Martha Casazza and Sharon Silverman. I had the privilege of meeting them for the first time in 1999, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, when they were selected as Fulbright Senior Scholars and invited to the University of Port Elizabeth (UPE, 1999).
Martha and Sharon played an instrumental role in addressing the area of curriculum reform. In addition to curriculum reform, they conducted research on student development, facilitated peer educator trainings, and liaised with key stakeholders on campus, the results of which led to the development of a model for change, connecting theory and research to practice, which was published in the South African Journal of Higher Education (SAJHE) in 1999.
To quote a former colleague, "Their work was seminal in contributing to the building of a learning organization through the development and empowerment of individuals and stakeholders; facilitating dialogue between students and faculty, and among key stakeholders on campus; as well as creating opportunity for innovative research-based practice - they left an indelible mark at a critical juncture in UPE's history".
Catherine Unite, Director University College Learning Center University of Texas, Arlington
"Satisfying and easy to read because the authors smoothly integrate current research into principles derived from theory and practice, this book (Learning Assistance and Developmental Education) joins the list of 'must owns' of the learning assistance professional."
Martha Maxwell Pioneer in the area of student support
I recommend Dr. Sharon Silverman and Dr. Martha Casazza as experts in learning assistance and developmental education within the overall field of adult learning.
My academic relationship with them took place during the 1990's and early 2000's. They were regular visitors as consultants to the University of Stirling in Scotland where I worked at the time. As a teacher and a researcher in the field of adult learning I frequently used their book: Learning Assistance and Developmental Education, published in 1996 by Jossey-Bass.
Later Dr. Silverman hosted my Carnegie Grant visit to Chicago in 1996 where she arranged for me to meet other experts in the field of adult learning such as Dr. Casazza at the National-Louis University. At that time Dr. Silverman was also tutoring students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. These black students had non-academic backgrounds because they had been deprived of the opportunity to develop their abilities by the previous white apartheid regime.
Dr. Casazza contributed a valued chapter on "self-regulation: a multidimensional learning strategy" to the book Lifelong Learning: concepts and contexts which I co-edited with Jim Crowther of the University of Edinburgh. This was published by Routledge of London and New York in 2006.
Peter Sutherland, BSc, UED, BEd (1st), MA (London). PhD Retired lecturer from the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK