About the 2019 Presenters
Kristin Anderson is the director of professional learning at Corwin Press. Kristin began her career as a high school English teacher for students who were kicked out of Denver Public Schools. Since then, she has worked in multiple K–12 settings in various instructional and administrative roles, and has obtained advanced degrees from Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas, University of Denver, and University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She is a longtime student of the field, a passionate educator, and an inspirational leader. She is a Visible Learning trainer for John Hattie. Kristin is the author of Data Teams Success Stories Volume 1, Real Time Decisions, and Getting Started with Rigorous Curriculum Design. She worked for several years delivering and designing professional development for Edison Schools and The Leadership and Learning Center.
Anita Archer, Ph.D., recipient of ten Outstanding Educator awards, serves as an educational consultant to state departments, county agencies, and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally known for her presentations and publications on instructional procedures and literacy instruction and has co-authored numerous curriculum materials with Mary Gleason including REWARDS PLUS, REWARDS Writing and Skills for School Success. Most recently, Anita wrote a textbook on explicit instruction with Charles Hughes entitled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching (Guilford, 2011).
Nancy Boyles, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita at Southern Connecticut State University where she was professor of reading and Graduate Reading Program coordinator. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher for many years. Nancy currently consults with districts and other organizations and agencies, providing workshops, modeling best practices in classrooms, and assisting with curriculum development. She is the author of two books on close reading: Closer Reading, Grades 3-6: Better Prep, Smarter Lessons, Deeper Comprehension (Corwin 2014), and Lessons and Units for Closer Reading (Corwin 2015). Her book with close reading lessons and units for the primary grades will be released soon. Nancy has also written six other books: Teaching Written Response to Text, Constructing Meaning through Kid-Friendly Comprehension Strategy Instruction, Hands-On Literacy Coaching, That’s a GREAT Answer, Launching RTI Comprehension Instruction with Shared Reading, and Rethinking Small Group Instruction in the Intermediate Grades. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time at her little beach house on Cape Cod.
Kelly Butler, M.Ed., is The Barksdale Reading Institute’s (BRI) managing director for policy and partnerships. She brings BRI’s research knowledge and teaching expertise to improve reading instruction in Mississippi public schools at all levels – teacher preparation, K-3 classrooms, instructional coaching, and school leadership. Kelly also develops partnerships with state and national organizations that promote evidence-based practices in early literacy instruction. Kelly spearheaded BRI’s development of The Reading Universe©, a detailed scope and sequence for training teachers on how to deliver sequential, systemic, explicit reading instruction; and the development of a Social/Emotional Literacy project for pre-K through 8th grade. She is the project coordinator for a BRI-sponsored statewide initiative to improve teacher preparation programs focused on early literacy instruction in Mississippi’s 15 public and private universities, and is lead author of Mississippi’s Statewide Study on Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction. She has active partnerships with the Governor’s Task Force on Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction, the Higher Education Literacy, and the Advisory Board of the Southeast Regional Educational Lab. Previously, Kelly was a teacher in the Greenwich, Connecticut public schools; served as special assistant to the Region IV Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare; and worked extensively with a variety of nonprofit organizations in social service, health care, and education in the areas of program development, support, and evaluation. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in special education, and a master’s degree in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.
Judie Caroleo is Director of Training and Development at 95 Percent Group Inc., a company that provides professional development and materials to support teachers in providing small-group intervention instruction in literacy. She has more than 20 years of experience in classroom instruction, program development, implementation, assessment, and professional development. Prior to her current position, she served as Director of Instruction at Reading ASSIST Institute for more than 10 years. Before joining Reading ASSIST, Judie played a key role in implementing research-based instruction in elementary classrooms in New Jersey, where she served as an interventionist for 10 years.
Peter DeWitt, Ed.D., is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He was the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State’s Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences). Currently, he provides professional development on creating inclusive school environments, collaborative leadership and student engagement. Working nationally and internationally, Peter is a Visible Learning trainer for John Hattie, instructional coach for Jim Knight, and is on the board of the Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center (TVAIC). Peter is the author and co-author of several books, which include Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (2012), School Climate Change (ASCD), Flipping Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press), and Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press). He is the series editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the Impact Series (Corwin Press).
Steve Dykstra, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he has worked in public sector community mental health for more than 25 years. He is a founding member of the Wisconsin Reading Coalition, and vice president of the Coalition for Reading Excellence, but he has never tutored or taught a child to read. Except for parts of one or two courses in graduate school, he has no formal training on the topic. Instead, through the course of his work and life, he has come to see the role of reading, reading struggles, and reading failure in the lives of the thousands of children he has served, as well as in their families, schools, and communities. Building on knowledge and training he sought for himself, he brings together the science of reading he has discovered, with the lessons he has learned from the children he serves, and what he knows about people to understand how we got to where we are, and how we might change that. Steve is a member of the advisory board of the International Foundation of Effective Reading Instruction.
Linda Farrell, MBA, M.Ed., is a founding partner at Readsters, where she is immersed in the world of beginning and struggling readers. Linda designs and presents workshops, writes books, and develops instructional materials for effective reading instruction. She has coauthored several publications with her business partner, Michael Hunter, including Phonics Plug-In, Phonics Blitz, Phonics Boost, and the Diagnostic Decoding Surveys. She is also a coauthor of the Teaching Reading Essentials Program Guide and Coach’s Guide (coauthored with Louisa Moats), and DIBELS: the Practical Manual. Linda was a National LETRS Trainer for seven years. Linda has been presenting workshops and giving speeches on reading instruction throughout the country since 2000. She taught junior high English and was a high school and elementary school counselor. However, it was only when Linda volunteered to teach adults to read that she understood older struggling readers’ needs for explicit phonics and phonemic awareness instruction at the most basic levels. Linda keeps her skills fresh and innovative by working with struggling readers of all ages whenever she has time.
Enrique “Hank” Feldman
Enrique C. Feldman is the founder and director of education for the Global Learning Foundation, a foundation that helps learners of all ages reimagine learning through organic, play-based, and research-based strategies. A two-time Grammy nominated composer and artist, Enrique is known for his innovation in combining movement and music with literacy education. These rooted-in-research, play-based, and joy-filled approaches lead to students’ increased desire to learn, to read, and to explore their own curiosity. Enrique is regarded as an inventive educator, and co-created the children’s book Sam the Ant with his co-author and daughter Sam Sierra-Feldman. As a speaker, Enrique is known for his innovative and physically active style that ignites curiosity. He cares deeply about teachers and their work with young kids, and he provides teachers with real-time tools to use in their classrooms.
Douglas Fisher, Ph.D. is professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and is the recipient of several awards including the International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles and books on school-wide approaches to improving student achievement, reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, assessment, and curriculum design. He is a board member of the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference) and co-editor of NCTE’s middle level journal, Voices from the Middle. He is highly sought after for his dynamic and engaging professional development workshops.
Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has co-authored several books on teaching and learning with Doug Fisher, and was a co-recipient (with Doug Fisher) of NCTE’s 2004 Kate and Paul Farmer award for outstanding writing for their article, “Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and The Internet In An Urban High School,” published in NCTE’s English Journal. In 2008, she received the Early Career Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. Nancy teaches a variety of courses in school improvement and literacy leadership. Her favorite place to be is Health Sciences High and Middle College, where she learns from teachers and students every day.
Susan Hall, EdD, is co-founder and president of 95 Percent Group Inc., a company that helps educators identify and address the needs of struggling readers. 95 Percent Group specializes in the use of literacy assessment data to place students in groups for tiers of intervention, as well as instructional strategies to address specific skill deficits in a MTSS framework. Susan is a nationally certified trainer of DIBELS® and LETRS®. She is author of Implementing Response to Intervention, and Jumpstart RTI, and I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What?. Susan is coauthor with Louisa Moats of three publications, Straight Talk About Reading, Parenting a Struggling Reader, and LETRS Module 7, 2nd edition.
Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., is an educational consultant, trainer and researcher. She served as the executive consultant to the Washington State Reading Initiative and as an advisor to the Texas Reading Initiative. Jan worked as a reading specialist and literacy coach for 15 years before becoming a professor at the University of Oregon and later Texas A&M University. She has provided educational consulting to individual schools across the United States as well as in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, and Germany, helping teachers and administrators design and implement effective assessment and instructional programs targeted to help low-performing readers. Her research in areas of reading fluency, reading assessment, coaching, and second language learners has been published in numerous professional books and journals. She is the author and coauthor of several books including The Reading Coach: A How-to Manual for Success, The Reading Coach 2: More Tools and Strategies for Student-Focused Coaches, and Educators as Physicians: Using RtI Data for Effective Decision-Making as well as several assessment tools. In 2008, she and her colleague, Vicki Gibson, partnered to form Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates, with the mission to provide high quality professional development to educators nationally and internationally.
Anne H. Charity Hudley
Anne Charity Hudley, Ph.D., is the North Hall Endowed Chair in the Linguistics of African America at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Director of Undergraduate Research for the College of Letters and Science. Her research and publications address the relationship between English language variation and K-16 educational practices and policies. She is the co-author of three books: The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research: Success in and Beyond College, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools, and We Do Language: English Language Variation in the Secondary English Classroom. She is the author or co-author of over 25 articles and book chapters. She has worked with K-12 educators through lectures and workshops sponsored by public and independent schools throughout the country. Anne is a member of the Executive Committee of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). She has served as a consultant to the National Research Council Committee on Language and Education and to the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Broadening Participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) sciences.
Michael Hunter, M.Ed., is a founding partner of Readsters. Michael found his passion for teaching struggling readers by volunteering to teach adults to read in Washington DC. In 2001, Michael left his job as president of a concrete construction company to pursue a career helping students learn to read using the most effective methods available. Michael is co-author with his business partner, Linda Farrell, of Phonics Plug-In ONE, the Practice Packets to Fix Common Confusions, Phonics Blitz and Phonics Boost lessons, and the Diagnostic Decoding Surveys. Michael presents professional development workshops nationally and advises schools and districts on implementation of effective reading instruction. He also continues to create assessments, lessons and other materials to help beginning and struggling readers. He enjoys working with and learning from struggling readers of all ages whenever he finds time. Michael’s work has even taken him to the Republic of Gambia and Rwanda in Africa to train and advise on early reading instruction for the Global Partnership for Education.
Jill Jackson, M.A., is the managing director and senior educational consultant at Jackson Consulting. Previously, she has been the professional program and educational services manager at Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE). A former classroom teacher and administrator, whether she’s in the classroom demonstrating lessons, strategizing with the superintendent, or training veteran literacy coaches, Jill’s advice and assistance is deeply rooted in the reality of school life and focused on unambiguous next steps. Jill Jackson uses her humor and in-the-trenches experiences to support educators as they navigate the central issues in implementing the Common Core and reading programs and interventions. Jill has used her experience in 30+ states and with thousands of teachers, coaches, administrators, program directors and superintendents as inspiration for her down-to-earth and fun how-to books: Get a Backbone, Principal! and Get Some Guts, Coach!
Antinea Johnson is an Early Childhood Specialist at CDL. As such, she coaches and mentors teachers in early childhood classroom settings. Antinea believes that all children deserve a nurturing and engaging environment filled with learning and laughter, and finds that providing support to those working directly with young children is the most efficient way to ensure best practices are provided to all children. Antinea is an approved Director for Type III learning centers, a certified Pre-K CLASS observer, and a Louisiana Pathways Trainer. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dillard University.
Sam Johnson grew up in Washington, D.C. Although Sam graduated from high school, reading and writing were difficult for him. Both before and after graduating, he never told anyone about his reading difficulties. He found jobs that did not require reading. However, when he saw that his twin sister, Sandra, was improving her reading at the Washington Literacy Council, he called to sign up for their reading lessons. Sam’s life became much easier when his reading and writing skills improved. He still lives in the Washington, D.C. area where he works as a master barber and hair stylist. He is married and has two grown children whom he loved reading to when they were younger. Sam is excited to share his story to help teachers understand how much students want to learn to read, how well students hide their reading problems, and how much life improves when reading becomes easy.
Sandra Johnson grew up in Washington, D.C. She attended public schools until she dropped out of school at age 16. Sandra could memorize words quite successfully, but could not read any unfamiliar words. For example, she could easily read the word ‘job’, but had no idea how to read the word ‘jab’. She was in her early 30s when she learned that letters match sounds. This was the key to Sandra’s learning to read. Sandra hid her reading disability from everyone she knew, including her large family and many friends. But her secret was out after Laura Bush asked to meet Sandra because she had learned to read as an adult. Her story became public when an article and pictures of Sandra with the President and First Lady appeared on the front page of the Washington Times. Sandra works as a coach and tutor for children at her local recreation center in Washington, D.C. She speaks nationally about literacy to teachers, parents, and students.
Flint D. Mitchell, Ph.D., is CDL’s vice president. Flint has more than 20 years of combined health and education experience in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Prior to joining the CDL team, he was a program officer at the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) where he led programmatic work in the areas of health, education, and child and youth development. In 2017, Flint completed a 3-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) Community Leadership Network (CLN) Fellowship. The fellowship targeted individuals who could be transformative social change agents in their communities so that vulnerable children and their families could achieve optimal health and well-being, academic achievement, and financial security. Throughout the fellowship experience, Flint immersed himself into the study of the WKKF embedded approach of racial equity and healing as well as other concepts including facilitation, systems thinking, storytelling, and strategic communications. In addition to the WKKF CLN Fellowship, in 2009, Flint completed a fellowship with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he provided research and technical assistance support within the Division of Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, National Center for Health Marketing. Flint is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate Studies program at Tulane University in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he teaches Public Health Program Implementation and Management. In his leisure time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
James Nottingham is the founder of Challenging Learning. His passion is in transforming the most up-to-date research into strategies that really work in the classroom. He is well known throughout Scandinavia for his work with John Hattie’s Visible Learning. Internationally, he is known for his work on challenge, progress, and the Learning Pit. His first book, Challenging Learning, has been published in five languages and received widespread critical acclaim. He authored The Learning Challenge in 2017. Currently he is writing a series of challenging learning books to share best strategies for dialogue, feedback, mindset, and questioning. Before becoming a teacher, James worked on a pig farm, in the chemical industry, for the American Red Cross, and as a teaching assistant in a school for deaf children. At university, he gained a first class honors degree in education (a major turnaround after having failed miserably at school). He then worked as a teacher and leader in primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom before co-founding an award-winning, multi-million pound regeneration project supporting education, public, and voluntary organizations across north east England. James has been listed among the United Kingdom’s Future 500 – a definitive list of “the most forward-thinking and brightest innovators.” He has been described by Skolvärlden (the Swedish Teaching Union) as “one of the most talked about names in the world of school development.”
Lucy Hart Paulson
Lucy Hart Paulson, ED.D., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working children and their families in elementary schools, Head Start, and clinical settings. She served as an associate professor in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Montana, teaching language and literacy development and challenges. She has also provided professional development for a variety of audiences across the United States and internationally. Lucy presents an inclusive and research-to-practice perspective blending areas of language and literacy, resulting in effective and engaging learning opportunities for children. Lucy is the lead author of the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) for Early Childhood Educators, (2nd Edition); Building Early Literacy and Language Skills, a resource and activity guide for young children, and for Good Talking Words, a social communication skills program for preschool and kindergarten.
Amy Poteet Poirier
Amy Poirier is an early childhood specialist at CDL. Amy has held multiple positions in the field of early childhood. Early in her career she worked as a teacher, center administrator, and a curriculum and training director. She has also worked as a program monitor, coach and trainer for several statewide programs and as an independent advisor, trainer and consultant. Additionally, Amy is an approved Child Development Associate (CDA) Professional Development Specialist and an endorsed trainer with Louisiana Pathways. Amy knows that children benefit the most from highly effective teachers, and that relevant, on-the-job coaching and mentoring support significantly increases their skills. As an early childhood specialist, she enjoys working side-by-side with early childhood professionals to provide support and thereby positively affect outcomes for young children.
Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., is professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning reading clinic. Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Omaha, Nebraska. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. Tim has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education, including The Fluent Reader and The Fluent Reader in Action. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. In 2010 Tim was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame.
Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was Founding Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, Tim 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, and Early Childhood Literacy. Tim is past president of the International Literacy Association. He received a presidential appointment to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. He took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel (the third most influential education policy document according to the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center). He chaired two other federal research review panels: the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, and the National Early Literacy Panel, and helped author the Common Core State Standards. He is co-principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Tim received the William S. Gray Citation for Lifetime Achievement and the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Reading Association (IRA). 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. He is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Center for Development and Learning.
Alice Thomas, M.Ed., is the founder, president and CEO of the Center for Development and Learning (CDL). Alice’s work is guided by a steadfast belief that all children, regardless of how they look, where they come from or how they learn, can and will achieve school success when provided with highly effective teachers and positive, supportive learning environments. In addition to executive duties, she facilitates professional learning for school leaders, teachers, and related specialists. Alice previously served as a teacher, counselor, and intervention specialist. She has taught university graduate courses on differentiating instruction for struggling students. She is a Learning Forward Academy graduate. She is the creator and director of the annual evidence-based Plain Talk about Literacy and Learning Institute. Alice is coauthor of the Plain Talk about Learning professional learning curriculum, the Right from Birth parent/caregiver training curriculum, and the Teens & Tots curriculum; and editor of CDL’s online blog. Alice completed a fellowship in neurodevelopmental variations at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and doctoral level studies in change leadership at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of the New Orleans Children’s Defense Fund’s Champions for Children award and the International Dyslexia Association’s 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence.