We ensure that children who struggle in learning to read and write gain the skills for a literate and productive future

 2017 Keynote Speakers

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Peter JohnstonKeynote Speaker Jan Richardson

Author and professor emeritus, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY

What Do We Think We’re Doing – and Why?
What we think we’re doing as educators changes the way we organize classrooms, plan instruction, and interact with children and colleagues. Read Alouds vary from thinking together about books and we approach them differently. Similarly, the way we think about students and their behaviors change how we interact with them. Changing how we think about students and the nature of our practice can be revolutionary. Making those changes is our focus.

Peter Johnston, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at the State University of New York, Albany. His current research explores links among classroom talk, reading engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. Recognition for his work includes the Albert J. Harris Award from the International Literacy Association and the State University of New York, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research. Most recently, the Literacy Research Association honored him with the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award, citing his book Choice Words as having “demonstrably and positively influenced literacy teaching in classrooms and districts nationally.” He is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Jan RichardsonKeynote Speaker Peter Johnston

Author and education consultant, Richard Center, WI

Uncomplicating Comprehension
Some teachers believe they need to learn hundreds of comprehension strategies to effectively teach reading, but comprehension strategy instruction doesn’t have to be that complicated. Only a handful of broad strategies are actually needed. Learn progressive steps for teaching comprehension that will strengthen each reader’s ability to construct meaning during targeted guided reading lessons.

Jan Richardson, Ph.D., a leading expert in guided reading, is a former K-12 teacher, reading specialist, and Reading Recovery teacher leader. She currently is an educational consultant and staff developer, providing schools across the U.S. and Canada with classroom demonstrations. Her recent best-selling Next Step collection published by Scholastic includes Next Step Forward in Guided Reading, The Guided Reading Teacher’s Companion: Prompts and Discussion Starters, Next Step Guided Reading in Action, and Next Step Guided Reading Assessment. She has also worked with Michele Dufresne from Pioneer Valley Books to develop Literacy Footprints: A Complete System for Supporting Guided Reading.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mike Artell
Keynote Speaker Mike Artell

Author and illustrator, Covington, LA

Hooked on Humor
Hear how Mike Artell uses humor in his books to inform, inspire, and entertain his readers. Research on the importance of a healthy sense of humor to everyone’s personal and professional success will be shared. Sampling of letters he has received from children, some touching and poignant and others fall-down funny, will be presented. Be ready to hear a personal story about a special teacher, and leave knowing that educators are valued and appreciated.

Mike Artell has written/illustrated more than 40 books in a wide variety of genres including nonfiction science, joke/riddle/tongue twisters, rhyming verse, biographies, picture and how-to-draw books, emergent reader concept books, and professional books for educators. He has created cartoons for national publications and greeting card companies and hosted a television cartooning show for children. Each year, Mike visits schools and businesses across the U.S., Europe, and Asia and shares his techniques for thinking, writing, and drawing with more creativity and humor.

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