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2017 CEL Annual Convention

2017 CEL Annual Convention Keynote Speakers

The CEL Convention immediately follows the NCTE Annual Convention and is designated as "CEL Convention (W.17)" on the registration form under Step Two: Workshops and Special Events.

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Timothy Shanahan

Timothy Shanahan will speak at the Sunday Opening Session from 1:00--2:45 p.m.

Timothy ShanahanTimothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the former director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools and author or editor of more than 200 publications, including the books Teaching with the Common Core Standards for the English Language Arts and Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Literacy Association. He served on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Shanahan took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel (NRP), convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the request of Congress to evaluate research on methods for teaching reading. He received the William S. Gray Citation for Lifetime Achievement from the International Literacy Association. For more information, visit his website:


John Krownapple

John Krownapple will speak at the Monday Breakfast from 8:00--9:30 a.m. 

John KrownappleJohn Krownapple specializes in facilitating professional learning and organizational development focused on social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Since 2007, he has led the development and implementation of one of the first and most comprehensive cultural proficiency programs in the United States. John continues to administer this program for the Howard County Public School System (MD), where he has guided movement toward inclusion and equity for a variety of teams and groups: school and district leaders, staff members, partners, government officials, students, and families. In his book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity: Culturally Proficient Facilitation (Corwin), he offers professional development leaders knowledge, skills, and dispositions for facilitating cultural proficiency in their organizations. His goal is simple: To make the cultural proficiency journey easier for schools so they can make the transformations supportive of a diverse and inclusive democratic society. As an educator for two decades, John has served as a district office administrator, professional development facilitator, curriculum specialist, and elementary teacher. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University and McDaniel College.


Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor will speak at the Monday Luncheon from 12:15--1:45 p.m.

Cornelius Minor Cornelius Minor is a frequent keynote speaker for and lead staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In that capacity, he works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support deep and wide literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with teachers and young people in Singapore, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius always uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to recruit students’ engagement in reading and writing and teachers’ engagement in communities of practice. As a staff developer, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.



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