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Featured Speakers

International Literacy Coaching Summit: April 15, 16 & 17, 2010

The International Literacy Summit will feature some of the nation's most prominent literacy experts as speakers. Featured in 2010:

literacy coaching conference speaker richard allington

Dr. Richard Allington
Is RTI Our Last Best Hope for Struggling Readers?

  • University of Tennessee
  • International Reading Association past president

Congress has provided another opportunity to teach everyone to read under RTI. The research says it is possible for everyone to be reading on level, at least for 98 percent of kids who enter kindergarten. The question is, will schools take up the challenge and implement reading interventions like those found in the successful intervention studies? And if not, what next from Congress?

Dr. Richard Allington is a professor of education at the University of Tennessee. He has served as president of the National Reading Conference and the International Reading Association (IRA). He has been very active in the IRA and has been inducted into their Reading Hall of Fame and honored with the Albert J. Harris Award.

Dr. Allington has authored or co-authored more than 100 research articles and several books, including What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs (Allyn-Bacon), What Really Matters in Response to Intervention, (Allyn-Bacon), and No Quick Fix: The RTI Edition (Teachers College Press).

literacy coaching conference speaker barbara ehren

Dr. Barbara J. Ehren
Retaining the Integrity (RTI) of Literacy Instruction and Intervention and RTI

  • University of Central Florida
  • International Reading Association Commission on Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is being implemented in myriad ways within states and within school districts. Although iterations have common features, implementation practices differ widely. The question that should guide RTI practices is, "Does RTI in my school or district retain the integrity of literacy instruction and intervention?" In this keynote, Dr. Ehren will explore common RTI practices through the lens of the Guiding Principles for Educators from the International Reading Association.

Dr. Ehren is a professor at the University of Central Florida and director of a doctoral program that focuses on language and literacy for struggling learners. She serves on many committees and editorial boards, including the Advisory Board of the RTI Action Network and the International Reading Association Commission on RTI. She has a special interest in assisting school systems to build capacity at the school level for more effective literacy programs for diverse learners. A recurrent theme of her work is shared responsibility for literacy acquisition. She is a frequent consultant to states, school districts and professional associations on RTI-related issues.

literacy coaching conference speaker Pat Mora

Pat Mora
Sharing Bookjoy

  • Award-winning poet and author
  • Books include Tomas and the Library Lady and many more

Award-winning author Pat Mora is a popular national speaker whose work is shaped by the U.S.-Mexico border, where she was born and spent much of her life. Her literary awards include the Américas Award and ALA Notable designation for Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué rico!; and a Pura Belpré Author Honor Award, a Golden Kite Award, and ALA Notable designation for Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart.

Mora's many other honors include honorary doctorates from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo, honorary membership in the American Library Association, and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write in Umbria, Italy. She was a recipient and judge of a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient and advisor of the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowships. She founded the current literacy initiative "El día de los niños /El día de los libros, Children's Day / Book Day" ("Día").

literacy coaching conference speaker misty sailors

Misty Sailors
From Coaching Cognitive Reading Instruction in South Texas to Just Getting Books in South African Classrooms: Lessons to Move us Forward

  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Associate professor & literacy researcher

Dr. Sailors will discuss the most recent research on coaching, its role in classroom instruction and student learning, and the role it plays in professional development of teachers in developing countries.

Dr. Sailors is an associate professor of Literacy Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy education courses. Her research agenda focuses on texts found in elementary classrooms and the instruction that surrounds these texts, teacher education with a focus on coaching as a model of professional development, and language policies related to reading instruction in international settings. Dr. Sailors was the primary investigator of a Teacher Quality Professional Development Reading grant and serves as the director of the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program at the UTSA, a multimillion dollar program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development. She has worked extensively with classroom teachers across the USA and in South Africa, Tanzania, and Malawi, Africa.

Plus featured presentations from many more literacy experts from around the country and internationally, including:

Dale & Bonnie Johnson
Barbara Marinak
Shari Frost
ReLeah Cossett Lent
Nancy Shanklin
Marty Hougen


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