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Keynote Speakers for NJ CEL Regional Institute

Here's a sample of what a CEL regional institute has to offer. Below, please find the speakers who shared their vision for leading intentionally at the NJ CEL Regional Institute in October 2015.

Please check back to learn where and when CEL's next regional institute will take place in 2016! 

 Speakers for
the 2015 NJ CEL Regional Institute
Intentional Literacy Leadership

Breakfast Speaker

Tom Marshall

Tom is a former teacher of Grades 3 and 4, and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University. He is currently principal of Stony Lane Elementary School in Paramus, New Jersey, the best K-4 elementary school anywhere!

Tom devotes a great deal of his time to working on literacy education. He conducts staff development and writes literacy curriculum for the district in Grades 3 and 4, teaches after school workshops, leads a course for literacy coaches, and is the founder of the New Jersey Literacy Leaders' Network, a group of about 70 principals from all over Northern and Central New Jersey who want to study together ways in which to support and supervise good teaching and learning in reading and writing.

Tom has presented at NCTE, NJIRA, and other organizations, and served as the Chair of NCTE's Elementary Section Nominating Committee in 2013. He blogs regularly for teachers and school leaders at Lit Together and on NCTE's Literacy in Learning Exchange and has been published in Educational Viewpoints.

Read Tom's Portrait of Change on how he led the way in transforming his school through learning together with his colleagues.

Keynote Speaker

Chris Lehman

"Becoming Inspired to Be Inspiring:
Choosing a Powerful Study for the Year Ahead"

Chris is the Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative. He is an international speaker, education consultant and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Falling In Love With Close Reading with Kate Roberts; Energize Research Reading and Writing;Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth; and A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers. His articles and interviews have appeared in many publications and popular blogs including Voices in the Middle, SmartBrief, EdWeek, Choice Literacy and Talks with Teachers.

Chris has been a middle-school teacher; a high-school teacher; a literacy coach; and a Senior Staff Developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Now, as Founding Director of the The Educator Collaborative, he works with schools around the world as a consultant and frequent keynote speaker, supporting educators, coaches, and administrators in developing rigorous and passionate literacy instruction across content areas.

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