Featured Speakers

Kylene Beers and Bob Probst | Kevin Clark |Patricia Cunningham | Judi Dodson | Susan Ebbers | Susan Hall |
Heidi Koski | Heidi Rochin | Carol Rothenberg | Tim Shanahan | Bradley Williams

 

  Kylene Beers 
  
Writers, speakers, educators, and tech-savvy wanna-be’s, Bob Probst and Kylene Beers have worked together for over a decade helping teachers improve the literacy lives of students.  Kylene is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do and Bob is the author of Response and Analysis.  Together they are co-authors of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and co-editors, with Linda Rief, of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice.Kylene served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English in 2008-2009 and, from 1999-2006, as editor of the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle.  Bob has served as a member on the Conference on English Board of Directors, an NCTE journal columnist, and a member of the NCTE Commission on Reading.  Both have served as lead authors for Holt Rinehart and Winston’s literature series Elements of Literature and Kylene now serves as a special contributing author to the McDougal Holt Literature book. 
 Kevin Clark  Kevin Clark
 
Kevin Clark is senior consultant and founder of Clark Consulting and Training, Inc., a California-based organization that provides services to schools, districts and states across the country since 1989.   Much of his organization’s work deals with the design, implementation and measurement of instructional programs for English learners.  He and his consulting team have assisted districts with programs ranging from late-exit bilingual to intensive structured English immersion.  He was a key adviser to the state of Arizona in the design and implementation of their successful intensive English-teaching program.   His upcoming book is titled Accelerating English Language Development: New Views and New Results.
 Pat Cunningham  Patricia Cunningham
 
Pat Cunningham is a professor of education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  She has a Master’s degree in reading from Florida State University and a Ph. D. in reading from the University of Georgia.  Prior to going to the university, Pat taught first and fourth grades and was a reading specialist and director of reading for a county school system.  Pat’s particular interest has always been in finding alternative ways to teach children for whom learning to read is difficult.  In 1991, She published Phonics they Use:  Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its sixth edition.  Along with Richard Allington, She published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work.  Her most recent publications include What Really Matters in Spelling, What Really Matters in Writing and What Really Matters in Vocabulary
 Judi Dodson  Judi Dodson
 
Judi is a national LETRS trainer She worked for 20 years as a special education teacher and educational consultant. Judi is the author of 50 Nifty Activities for 5 Components and 3 Tiers of Reading Instruction, 50 Nifty Activities for Speaking and Listening: for Oral Language and Comprehension and The Literacy Intervention Toolkit that aligns with DIBELS and fosters engagement during intervention. Judi consults on issues related to school change, teacher knowledge and literacy achievement.
 Susan Ebbers  Susan Ebbers 
 
Susan Ebbers is a writer, researcher, and educational consultant. She has focused her research interests on morphological awareness, vocabulary, measurement design, and interest as a motivational variable. For her dissertation work, she created a tool for measuring word-learning aptitude. In her prior career, Susan taught primary and secondary grades and was awarded by the district for her contributions to literacy. She also served as a K-8 principal and – long ago – spent her summers working as a camp program director. Through Cambium Learning, Susan has created four supplemental programs for developing vocabulary, morphology, and/or multidimensional decoding. Recently, she developed a series of children’s books, rich in vocabulary and geography, beginning with Jamie’s Journey: The Savannah.
Browse her award-winning edublog Vocabulogic or visit her website at www.Readingway.com
 Susan Hall  Susan Hall
 
Susan Hall, EdD
, is a nationally recognized leader in Response to Intervention (RTI), data analysis, and reading instruction.  She is Founder and President of 95 Percent Group Inc. The company provides support, processes, and materials needed to take RTI and implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for reading to the next level. The company has developed a full series of instructional materials titled Linking CCSS to Your Curriculum, designed to help teachers unpack the standards and provide instruction on each standard using their current curriculum. Dr. Hall is a frequent speaker at national reading conferences on the topics of RTI, Literacy Instruction, and CCSS.  She is a nationally certified trainer of DIBELS® and LETRS® and the author of several books including Jumpstart RTI: Using RTI in Your Elementary School Right Now and I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What?  Her most recent book is I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What? Next Edition (Corwin Press, Fall 2011.) She is coauthor with Louisa Moats of two books, Straight Talk About Reading and Parenting a Struggling Reader, as well as LETRS Module 7: Teaching Phonics, Word Study, and the Alphabetic Principle, Second Edition. Her most recent whitepaper, Getting Teachers Ready for the Common Core State Standards is available for download at http://www.95percentgroup.com/content/ccssForm.htm.
   
Heidi Koski

 
Heidi Koskiis a nationally recognized expert on grammar-based ELD instruction for elementary grade students.  She has worked with thousands of teachers and administrators across the country for more than a decade to implement high-engagement methods for building discrete English language grammar skills.  Most recently, Heidi has developed a 30-hour video-based ELD methods training curriculum for the state of Arizona in which she demonstrates with students every ELD method.  Heidi also has a legion of ELD coaches across the country with whom she has worked to prepare them for leadership roles in their respective schools, districts, county offices and state-level education agencies. 
 Bob Pobst  Bob Probst
 
Writers, speakers, educators, and tech-savvy wanna-be’s, Bob Probst and Kylene Beers have worked together for over a decade helping teachers improve the literacy lives of students. Kylene is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do and Bob is the author of Response and Analysis. Together they are co-authors of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading and co-editors, with Linda Rief, of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice.Kylene served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English in 2008-2009 and, from 1999-2006, as editor of the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle. Bob has served as a member on the Conference on English Board of Directors, an NCTE journal columnist, and a member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. Both have served as lead authors for Holt Rinehart and Winston’s literature series Elements of Literature and Kylene now serves as a special contributing author to the McDougal Holt Literature book.
 Heidi Rochin  Heidi Rochin
 
Heidi is an ELD training consultant who brings a broad and diverse background in literacy, early childhood education and lesson design to her work with teachers.  Heidi capped a public education-teaching career by serving as an ELD coach in a large district that made in-class coaching of teachers a high priority.  For the past year, she has served as the lead consultant to several system-wide ELD program transformations in California’s central valley, in addition to her work as a “coach’s coach” in several other southwester districts.  Her work with kindergarten and primary teachers focuses on making ELD methods age-appropriate without losing their effectiveness.
 Carol Rothenberg  Carol Rothenberg

Carol Rothenberg is a national consultant in the area of literacy and English language learners. While an elementary literacy coach and new teacher support provider, she worked with both new and experienced teachers, planning, coaching, and helping teachers reflect on instruction across the content areas and across the grade levels. Carol has worked with elementary and secondary schools throughout the San Diego Unified School District, training teachers and administrators on effective programs and instruction for English language learners. An experienced classroom teacher, Carol has taught English to adult migrant workers, bilingual special education, and Spanish in addition to teacher education classes in masters’ programs at the University of San Diego and the University of California San Diego. She co-authored Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach (with Douglas Fisher), English Language Learners in the English Classroom (with Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey), Content Area Conversations: How to Plan Discussion-Based Lessons for Diverse Learners (with Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey), and Implementing RTI With English Learners (with Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey).
 Tim Shanahan  Tim Shanahan
 
Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chi­cago where he is Di­rector of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author or editor of more than 200 publications including the books, Teaching with the Common Core Standards for the English Language Arts, Early Childhood Literacy, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, and Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through Third Grade. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Reading Association (IRA). He received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy, and serves as content expert, advisor, and on various boards. Dr. Shanahan took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel, convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the request of Congress to evaluate research on successful methods for teaching reading (the third most influential education policy document according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center). He is co-principal investigator of the National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. He received the William S, Gray Citation of Merit for Lifetime Achievement from IRA. In 2009, he was selected as researcher of the year at the University of Illinois at Chicago (in social sciences and the humanities). He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007, and is a former first-grade teacher. For more information, visit his blog:
www.shanahanonliteracy.com
 Bradley Williams  Bradley Williams
 
Bradley brings a unique blend of teaching, administrative and policy background to his role as an ELD trainer and consultant.  As a teacher, Bradley has taught students from lower primary through junior high in classrooms that featured high levels of linguistic diversity.  He used that experience to advise district leaders on policy, program design and instructional issues related to English learner education in his prior role as a district-level research analyst.  His strong foundation in quantitative sciences has helped him to stay current of research trends and themes in the field of language teaching and learning.  His quick wit, range of experience and participant-centered training style make him both popular and effective in his work across the country with teachers and administrators.