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Anne M. (Juola) Ristow, PhD

Differentiated Accountability MTSS Specialist, Southwest Region & Unit Coordinator

Anne (Juola) Ristow is the Differentiated Accountability Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Unit Coordinator with the Florida Problem Solving/Response to Intervention (FL PS/RtI) Project and serves as the Assistant Director of School Improvement in the Southwest Region with the Bureau of School Improvement (BSI). Dr. Ristow bridges her dual roles through the support and implementation of a statewide, integrated model of MTSS. She also assists districts and schools with developing and employing continuous improvement management systems in the State of Florida. Dr. Ristow received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida, specializing in educational neuroscience. Additional graduate studies include educational leadership and systems-change. She holds an MS in Reading and is Nationally Board Certified. Dr. Ristow began her career in education as a teacher and director of early years learning, ages 3-6 in Northern Michigan. During her years in Florida’s public schools, she has served as a teacher, instructional coach, and as a district MTSS coordinator. Dr. Ristow’s passion for systems thinking has been acknowledged through nominations as Disney Teacher of the Year and awards of district and state Regional Reading Coach of the Year. As a Fulbright Scholar, her research interests include systems-change and educational practices in schools. Dr. Ristow is the author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and presents locally, nationally and internationally focusing on the role of the leader, learning environments, neurosciences, literacy, inquiry and assessment in an integrated multi-tiered system of support.

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