Featured Speakers

  • Stephanie Affinito, author of Literacy Coaching: Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools and Technology and “Supporting New Teachers Through Tech.”

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Sandra Athans, author of Secrets of Sky Caves and the Tips and Tricks series for teaching literacy skills.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Erica Barnes, author of “Facilitating Academic Language in Early Childhood Classrooms” and “Shared Book Reading and Preschool Children’s Academic Achievement.”

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Nancy Castaldo, author of Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction and Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Adam Fachler, creator of the EMPOWER method and co-founder of the School on the Square in the Bronx.

    Saturday, Nov. 16th

  • Lynn Gelzheiser and Laura Hallgren-Flynn, authors of Comprehensive Reading Intervention in Grades 3-8: Fostering Word Learning, Comprehension, and Motivation and expert on Interactive Strategies Approach—Extended.

    Saturday, Nov. 16th

  • Virginia Goatley, Department Chair and a Professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany. Her research focuses on teacher preparation and professional development that supports effective classroom practice, including the accreditation and assessment of teacher preparation.

    Thursday, Nov. 14th

  • Amy Gugliemo, author of Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire and How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Stephanie Harvey, author of Strategies that Work and From Striving to Thriving. Sponsored by Scholastic.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Troy Hicks, author of Crafting Digital Writing and The Digital Writing Workshop.

    Saturday, Nov. 16th

  • Ernest Morrell, author of Every Child a Super Reader and Critical Media Pedagogy.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Gretchen Oliver, English as a New Language specialist and author of “Professional Development in Support of English Learner Achievement: Science and ESOL Educator Collaborations.”

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Zoi Phillappakos, author of Developing Strategic Writers through Genre Instruction: Resources for Grades 3-5 and Differentiated Reading Instruction in Grades 4 and 5: Strategies and Resources.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Laura Robb, author of Read, Talk, Write and Unlocking Complex Texts. Sponsored by Corwin.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Donna Scanlon, author of Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach and member of ILA’s RTI task force.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Jennifer Serravallo, author of Understanding Texts and Readers and The Reading Strategies Book.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Erik Sweet, New York State Education Department, Office of Curriculum and Instruction, English Language Arts.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Charles R. Smith, Jr., author of Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali and 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World.

    Friday, Nov. 15th

  • Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, authors of Great Morning! Poems for School Leaders to Read Aloud and The Poetry Friday anthologies.

    Saturday, Nov. 16th

  • Jeffrey Wilhelm, author of “You Gotta Be the Book: Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading with Adolescents” and Reading Unbound: Why Kids Need to Read What They Want—and Why We Should Let Them.

    Saturday, Nov. 16th

  • Jim Wright, author of the RTI Toolkit: A Practical Guide for Schools and “Managing Classroom Behaviors Using an RTI/MTSS Framework.”

    Saturday, Nov. 16th