Keynote Speakers

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Kelly Gallagher
Kelly Gallagher teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he is in his 32nd year. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. Kelly is the author of Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for the Middle and High School; Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12; Teaching Adolescent Writers; Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It; and Write Like This. He is also a principal author of Writing Coach, iLit, and MyPerspectives (Pearson). Kelly’s latest book is In the Best Interest of Students. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyGToGo, and visit him here.

Kelly’s appearance at the Literacy for All Conference is sponsored by Booksource.

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Stephanie Harvey
Stephanie Harvey has spent the past 40-plus years teaching and learning about reading and writing. After 15 years of regular elementary and special education teaching, Stephanie became a staff developer for the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), a partnership of leaders from education and business who support innovation in public schools. She is currently a private consultant to schools and districts around the world. Her company, Stephanie Harvey Consulting, implements K-12 district-wide literacy initiatives focused on comprehension, collaboration and inquiry across the curriculum. A regular presenter, keynote speaker and demonstration teacher, she specializes in comprehension teaching and learning, active literacy, reading and writing workshop, content literacy, inquiry-based learning, collaboration, the integration of technology with literacy, and the role of passion, wonder and engagement in teaching and learning. Stephanie is the author or co-author of numerous books and resources, and has co-created a many videos featuring kids and teachers in active literacy classrooms around the country. In addition, Stephanie has written articles in Language Arts, Reading Teacher, Ed Leadership and other journals.

Stephanie's appearance at the Literacy for All Conference is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.

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Julia Douetil
With a background in teaching and teacher education, Julia Douetil became one of the first European trainers for Reading Recovery in 1992. For 25 years she has worked to establish, promote and support Reading Recovery in the four countries of the UK, in the Republic of Ireland and in Denmark. She established and Directed the International Literacy Centre at the University College London Institute of Education. Her work on the real cost of literacy difficulties helped to persuade the UK government to fund a national roll out of Every Child a Reader, a layered approach to literacy intervention with Reading Recovery at its heart. Since her retirement in December 2016 Julia has continued to work closely with and to write for Reading Recovery teacher leaders and teachers around the world.

Featured Speakers

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Paula Bourque
Paula Bourque is celebrating her 30th year in education. She has been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, Title I Literacy Specialist, Adjunct Professor, and Literacy Coach in Augusta, Maine. She is the author of Close Writing: Developing Purposeful Writers in Grades 2-6 from Stenhouse Publishers and is currently working on a new book. When she isn't writing she usually has a book or a camera in her hand.

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Lisa Cleaveland
Lisa Cleaveland is the co-author with Katie Wood Ray of About The Authors, Writing Workshop with Our Youngest Authors, and the author of her new book More About The Authors, Authors and Illustrators Mentor Our Youngest Writers released in spring of 2016. Lisa has been a teacher for 23 years and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious NCTE/ Donald H Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing. Many teachers from all over the United States have come to visit writing workshop in her kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Currently a kindergarten teacher, she understands the demands of a classroom teacher and the new common core standards.

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Julie Coiro
Julie Coiro is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in reading and digital literacy and co-directs the Ph.D. in Education program and the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy. Julie conducts research and speaks nationally and internationally about the new literacies of the Internet, online reading comprehension strategy instruction, collaborative knowledge building during inquiry, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development. Julie’s work appears in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership, and The Journal of Education. She also co-edited the Handbook of Research on New Literacies and co-authored Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times. She is currently leading a new research project funded by NCES with colleagues in the United States and Finland to explore how students work together in small groups to deliberate conflicting ideas across multiple online sources and construct a joint synthesis of what they've learned.

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Renée Dinnerstein
Renée Dinnerstein has almost 50 years experience as an early childhood educator. She spent eighteen years as an early childhood teacher at PS 321, was the teacher-director of the Children’s School early childhood, and worked also as an Early Childhood Staff Developer in the New York City Department of Education where she wrote curriculum, led study groups and summer institutes, and helped write the New York City Pre-Kindergarten Standards. Renée, a past member of the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project Early Childhood Reading ‘think tank’, taught in the project’s summer institutes and presented calendar days for kindergarten and first grade teachers. She received the Bank Street Early Childhood Educator of the Year Award in 1999. Her book Choice Time: How to Deepen Learning Through Inquiry and Play was published by Heinemann in 2016.

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Irene Fountas directs the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University. The Center provides literacy professional development for PreK–8 teachers and school administrators, Reading Recovery Teacher Leader training, and training in the Literacy Collaborative model. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts.

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Gay Su Pinnell is Professor Emerita at The Ohio State University. Her work focuses on children’s literacy education and ways to support teachers of reading, writing, and language arts. Irene and Gay have published several books together including Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades and The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching, PreK-8.

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Gravity Goldberg
Gravity Goldberg is the author of four books on the teaching of reading and a consultant who leads a team of staff developers to offer customized professional development. Gravity's passion is partnering with leaders and teachers to help make their vision a reality. At the heart of her teaching is the belief that everyone deserves to be admired and supported.

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Georgia Heard
Georgia Heard is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York City. She received her MFA in Writing from Columbia University. Currently, she is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and in schools around the United States and the world. She is the author of numerous books on writing including: Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School which was cited by Instructor Magazine as one of the “10 Books Every Teacher Should Read,” and her most recent Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Student Writing. In addition, she has published several children’s poetry books including Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems.

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Martha Horn
Martha Horn is a professor of elementary education at Rhode Island College where she teaches reading and writing methods courses and leads a school-based MAT program. She is also a consultant in the teaching of writing in school districts across the country, and co-author of Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons From Our Youngest Writers with Mary Ellen Giacobbe.

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Susan Kempton
Susan Kempton is a thirty-year professional in the area of early childhood literacy. She is the author of The Literate Kindergarten and Let’s Find Out!: Building Content Knowledge with Young Children. Susan has worked closely with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition as a staff developer, hosting local and national teaching labs in her classroom. She has taught primary-age children from diverse populations with kindergarten being her focus and passion. In addition, she is a nationally known consultant and keynote speaker. Susan recently retired to teach and inspire educators. She is working as a literacy consultant in the primary grades for several school districts in the Rocky Mountain region and Canada.

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Penny Kittle
Penny Kittle teaches high school English in North Conway, NH. She is the author of Book Love and Write Beside Them, which won the James N. Britton award from NCTE in 2009. Penny speaks throughout the U.S. and internationally on empowering all students to love reading and writing. Penny was given the 2015 Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership.

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Grace Lin
Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Most recently, Grace's new novel When The Sea Turned To Silver was a National Book Award finalist and Grace, herself, was recognized as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling by the White House, under President Barack Obama.

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Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts is a national literacy consultant, top-selling author, and popular keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2005, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate is the co-author (with Christopher Lehman) of the popular Falling in Love with Close Reading, and of DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), along with two Heinemann Unit of Study books on Literary Essay. Her blog, indent, is a touchstone for hundreds of teachers and she uses social media, particularly Twitter (@teachkate), to help build community and solve problems among her educator peers.

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Maria Walther
Maria Walther, who earned a doctorate in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, has taught first grade since 1986. Along with teaching young learners, Maria inspires other professionals by sharing her knowledge through customized professional development experiences. The ideas she shares reflect her continued commitment to teaching, researching, writing, and collaborating with her colleagues. Maria was honored as Illinois Reading Educator of the Year, earned the ICARE for Reading Award for fostering the love of reading in children, and named The Outstanding Literacy Alumni by Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. She has co-authored five professional books and the Next Step Guided Reading Assessment with Scholastic.

Maria’s appearance at the Literacy for All Conference is sponsored by Scholastic, Inc.

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Kari Yates
Kari Yates is an educator, author, speaker, and coach with a passion for helping busy literacy educators thrive. Kari has been in your shoes. Her experiences as a classroom teacher, special education and Reading Recovery teacher, and elementary principal have positioned her to help other educators discover, “What’s next?” on the road to helping all kids become readers and writers. Kari will help you find the inspiration, courage and resources to nurture joyful, and authentic literacy learning, one next-step at a time.

Reading Recovery Speakers

Mary Anne Doyle

Mary Anne Doyle
Mary Anne is the director of the Reading-Language Arts Center at the University of Connecticut and director of Connecticut's Reading Recovery Project. Mary Anne has served the Reading Recovery Council of North America as President. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reading Recovery. Currently, she chairs the Executive Board of the International Reading Recovery Trainers' Organization.

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Adria Klein
Adria Klein, Ph.D. is a Reading Recovery Trainer and program director at Saint Mary's College of California. She has her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Reading and ESL. Dr. Klein is the co-author of numerous professional books and articles including Interactive Writing, Guided Reading, and Shared Reading, Research in Reading Recovery, and many children's books. A former president of the California Reading Association, she also served on the International Reading Association Board of Directors.

James Schnug

James Schnug
James Schnug is a Reading Recovery trainer with The Ohio State University, having previously worked in that capacity at the New York University RR project. He is a past teacher leader with the Ashland University/Mansfield City Schools site in Ohio and has served on the board of RRCNA. He has also served as the Implementation Editor for the Journal of Reading Recovery. His most recent JRR article, co-authored with Leslie McBane and Cheri Slinger: Uncovering What's Under the White Tape.

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Lori Taylor
Dr. Lori Taylor is a Reading Recovery trainer at University of Maine. Research interests include teacher reflection, professional development, and nonverbal communication between teacher and child. Lori enjoys all aspects of her work in Reading Recovery, working with teachers, teacher leaders and with children.

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