Join us for this three day event as we cut through the policy jargon to provide solid insights and illustrations into how literacy teaching practices can change in every classroom to transform student learning.
Anne Ruggles Gere is a professor at the University of Washington. Currently she is a professor at the University of Michigan. At the University of Washington, she founded and directed the Puget Sound Writing Program, where she directed an NEH-sponsored program on writing across the curriculum, from which Roots in the Sawdust: Writing to Learn Across the Disciplines (NCTE 1985) emerged. She has co-authored several books including Writing on Demand: Best Practices and Strategies For Success, Student Guide to Writing on Demand, Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders. Anne is part of the the NCTE Consulting Network and is an NCTE past president and past chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Susi Long is a faculty member in Language & Literacy and Early Childhood Education at the University of South Carolina. Since 1999, she has worked with cohorts of literacy coaches in the South Carolina Reading Initiative (SCRI). Her publications focus on early literacy, learning in culturally and linguistically diverse schools and communities, and teacher study groups. Her book, Tensions and Triumphs, discusses the results of a seven-year research study identifying the challenges new teachers face and how all concerned can help keep new teachers in the profession. Susi is part of the NCTE Consulting Network and is past assistant chair of the NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee.
Tonya Perry is currently at the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Eduation at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. She has written articles for several journals including English Journal and Voices from the Middle. Tonya is past NCTE middle representative-at-large.
Sarah Brown Wessling is a high school English teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. She was the recipient of the 2010 National Teacher of the Year Award.
Jeffrey Williams is currently a K-12 literacy teacher leader/coach with Solon City Schools in Ohio. Jeff is the assistant chair of the NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee and serves on the NCTE Executive Committee and Governance Subcommittee.