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Brad and Genevieve Ermeling

The authors, Brad and Genevieve Ermeling, are both career educators with over 40 years of combined experience in education as both practitioners and researchers. They spent seven years working as educators in Japan, earning Japanese language proficiency certificates and developing firsthand knowledge and expertise with Japanese lesson study. They are now located in Shanghai, China. Their collective teaching background in the US and Asia includes experience in all grade levels (K-12) and both authors have also worked in school leadership roles, Brad as a director of professional learning programs, and Genevieve as Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Head of School. They have collected data or provided support for teacher inquiry or teacher collaboration programs in over 30 districts across 15 states and have published numerous articles on these topics in both scientific peer-reviewed as well as practitioner journals. Their article titled "Learning to Learn from Teaching: A  Firsthand Account of Lesson Study in Japan" was named 2015 Outstanding Paper of the Year by Emerald Publishing and the World Association of Lesson Studies. Brad was also a recipient of the 2010 Best Research Award from the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and has served as principal investigator for several research projects focused on assistance models for collaborative inquiry and continuous improvement. Genevieve was a professional track athlete and NAIA national champion. She competed in the 5000 meters for the 2004 US Olympic trials (referenced in Chapter 7).

Brad is an education author, research scientist, and international consultant

Genevieve is Assistant Head of School, Teaching & Learning at Concordia International School Shanghai.