ELM Team


Project Leadership

Neal Kingston

Principal Investigator

Dr. Kingston oversees and provides guidance on all aspects of the Enhanced Learning Maps project. He is a professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute. He is also a senior advisor for the Dynamic Learning Maps® Alternate Assessment Consortium. Kingston’s research focuses broadly on improving large-scale assessments so they better support student learning, especially the use of instructionally embedded, instructionally relevant assessments based on fine-grained learning map models.
Kingston received his doctorate in educational measurement and research design from Teachers College at Columbia University. Before coming to KU in 2006, Kingston was a researcher and then an executive at several educational testing companies and associate commissioner for curriculum and assessment at the Kentucky Department of Education during the early years of the Kentucky Educational Reform Act. He started his career as a high school science teacher.

Russell Swinburne Romine

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Swinburne Romine oversees assessment and learning map model development projects within ATLAS. In addition to his experience constructing learning map models, he leads multiple teams who develop accessible assessments based on evidence-centered design, which incorporates principles of Universal Design. Dr. Swinburne Romine earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, where he also taught classes in learning, cognition, and educational measurement.





Barbara Bradley, Angela Broaddus, Bruce Frey, Russell Gersten, Margaret Heritage, Karen Karp, and Nancy Lister - Kansas State Department of Education ELM Project Mananger

University of Kansas Researchers and Graduate Students

The following individuals have been integral in the development of the learning map model of student learning, teacher resources, and in coordinating the Enhanced Learning Maps project.

Lauren Adams, Bryan Candea-Kromm, Amy Clark, Zach Conrad, Dale Cope, Gina Debarthe, Holly Dubiel, Ayse Esen, Sasha Feryok, Joseph Fitzpatrick, Chris Gaylor, Sarah Grewing, Katie Leman, Nicki Lindner, Kevin Liu, Kristin Joannou Lyon, Carrie Mark, Sarah Marten, James Miller, Marianne Perie, Suzanne Peterson, Shana Poettker, Anu Sharma, Sookyung Shin, Cynthia Siew, Sarah Smith, Perneet Sood, Kelli Thomas, Dain Vermaark, Kaylee Vigil, and Lindsey Wiegele.

Other Researchers

Karen Erickson and Mari Flake