Julie Schmal, PhD, is a senior field trainer analyst for Academic Foundations at IPSI, where she supports teachers, coaches, and administrators to build capacity and improve student success. She develops and presents a variety of professional development sessions and support resources in the areas of literacy across content areas, writing instruction, pedagogy, curriculum development, and instructional coaching at the campus, district, and state levels. For the past six years, she has provided extensive coaching support to teachers at the elementary and secondary levels. Julie’s dissertation study focused on the literacy coaching relationship in the context of disciplinary literacy. She holds a doctoral degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master of Arts in teaching from Bethel University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.