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Speakers at the 2012 Spring Conference
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The 2012 MASL Spring Conference features three outstanding speakers attendees will not want to miss.

Dr. Steven Layne

Dr. Layne is a Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University in Illinois and an author of several award-winning books for children and young adults, as well as the professional book Igniting a Passion for Reading. He has received numerous awards for his work as an educator and researcher:

    • Milken Foundation’s National Award for Teaching Excellence
    • USA Today’s All Teacher Team
    • Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Winn Research Award
    • Edwin A. Hoey Award Winner for U.S. Outstanding Teacher at the junior high level
    • ICARE for Reading Award
    • Reading Teacher of the Year
    • Northern Illinois University’s College of Education Alumni Council’s Outstanding Researcher Award

Dr. Layne is currently active on the boards of the Northern Illinois Reading Council and Literacy Volunteers of America’s Fox Valley Affiliate. Previously he was involved with the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader Award Committee and the DuPage Literacy Roundtable, and is the current past president of the Illinois Reading Council.

Doug Johnson

Doug Johnson is the Director of Media and Technology in Mankato Schools in Minnesota. He is also a professional writer, having authored six books, articles in over 40 publications, a long-running column in Library Media Connection, and his own blog, which receives over 50,000 hits each month. In addition to having held leadership positions in state and national organizations, including ISTE and AASL, Doug has testified on technology issues for legislative committees and helped write state standards and technology plans.

Doug has presented workshops or given keynotes at over 150 local, state and national conferences and school districts. He has international experience as well, including spending five years as a K-8 media specialist in Saudi Arabia and presenting in Malaysia, Germany, Bangkok, Nairobi, Istanbul, Amman, Cairo, Dubai and Bangkok.

Doug Valentine

Doug Valentine is an award-winning elementary school librarian from the Melissa School District in Texas who specializes in integrating Web 2.0 tools in a library setting. His blog, Dr. Loopy’s House of Fun: A Library Glog, was nominated for the 2010 EduBlog Awards in the Best Use of a Video category, and features samples of projects he has done over the past years both in and out of the classroom.

Doug has presented at numerous conferences. He has also published six articles, including editorial columns, on topics ranging from "Media Specialists and Science Teachers: Untapped Potential for Collaboration” to "Why wait for Superman to fix schools?”

He has received more than 20 local, state and national awards for his professional work and videos, including the 2010 "I Love My Librarian” National award sponsored by ALA, The Carnegie Foundation, and the New York Times.

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