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Penny Kittle : Sunday Dinner and Pre-Conference Session 

 

Bio:  As a professional development coordinator for the Conway, New Hampshire, School District, Penny Kittle acts as a K-12 literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School and in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. Penny is the author and coauthor of numerous books with Heinemann includingBook Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing, which won the 2009 James N. Britton Award from NCTE; The Greatest Catch, and Public Teaching. Penny coauthored two books with Donald H. Graves —Inside Writing and Quick Writes. As an in-demand Heinemann Professional Development Provider Penny delivers PD workshops, webinars, and on-site seminars and consulting services nationwide.

Penny Kittle has been named the 2015 Exemplary Leader from the Conference on English Leadership for NCTE.  In 2009, Penny received NCTE's prestigious Britton Award for Write Beside Them.

 

Pre-Conference:  Book Clubs: Connecting Kids to Books and Each Other

Reading habits do not emerge by accident, but through careful and purposeful modeling and instruction. We must meet children's social and learning needs as we support their lives as readers. These needs are intertwined and interdependent and have more to do with reading success than school-centered standards do. We will consider classroom conditions grounded in the key principles for motivation: relevance, engagement, and success. I will show how I help readers construct identities of power and opportunity, to challenge themselves as readers, and to act with agency in my classroom through meaningful talk and writing in book clubs.

 

Keynote:  The Superpower of Books, Teaching, and Librarians 

Creating a school culture that supports the power and pleasure of reading depends upon knowledge and passion. We need a better balance between leading readers and following them in the tradition of Donald Graves. We can help students increase the complexity of texts they can independently read while increasing their stamina, their independence, and their joy. 


 

 

Mark Edwards:  Monday Luncheon

 

Bio:  Mark Edwards, Ed.D. is considered a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools.  He currently serves as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville, NC.  In 2013, he was named National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators and Common Sense Media’s Educator of the Year.  The NC Public School Forum named Mark Edwards the recipient of the 2014 Jay Robinson Education Leadership Award.  He also received a Bammy from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and was named 2014 Technology Educator of the Year Award by the NC Technology Association.  Previously, Dr. Edwards was superintendent of the Danville, and later, Henrico, VA school districts.  He was named 2013 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, 2003 Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education recipient, Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2001, and an eSchool News Magazine’s 2002 Tech Savvy Superintendent. He is the author of Every Child, Every Day: A Digital Conversion Model for Student Achievement.  His new book, Thank you for your Leadership: The Power of Distributed Leadership for Digital Conversion, was released in March 2015.  As a renowned public educator, as well as a father of three, he truly exemplifies the MGSD motto, “Every child. Every day.

 

Keynote:  Thank You for Your Leadership- The Power of Distributed Leadership for Digital Conversion

Through his experience as a principal, dean, and superintendent, Mark Edwards has observed leadership in schools, school systems, grade levels, departments, classrooms, communities, and organizations, and has noted the impact leaders have had on the culture of each group. He explains how the digital conversion initiative at the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville, North Carolina has worked successfully through integration with pedagogy and by interlocking leaders throughout the system. Dr. Edwards shares a practical new view of leadership he calls “second-order leadership,” that integrates leadership into every aspect of district life, from hiring procedures to student and parent leadership.



Jennifer LaGarde:​  Tuesday Brunch


Bio:  Jennifer LaGarde (aka Library Girl) is the Lead School Library Media Coordinator/Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC.  With over 18 years experience in public education, Jennifer has been a classroom teacher, school library media coordinator, district level leader and educational consultant for the NC Dept of Public Instruction.  She is one of only two school librarians, ever, to both win the ALA, New York Times and Carnagie Corporation's "I Love My Librarian Award" AND be named a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker."  Jennifer has published numerous articles on best educational practices for journals like Teacher Librarian and Knowledge Quest.  She is also the author of the award winning blog The Adventures of Library Girl where she proves you don't have to be super hero to be a teacher librarian, but having a cape sure helps.

 

Keynote:  BRAINZ! How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse! 

If your library is still just a place where students go to check out books and, on special occasions, hear a story, you may already be infected by a silent, but deadly plague threatening the future of school libraries everywhere: Zombie Librarianship!  Join Jennifer LaGarde as she not only takes aim at the undead among us, identifying the characteristics that define zombie librarianship, but also shares countless examples of how to use technology, harness the power of learning networks and employ authentic collaboration to be a zombie fighter: a school librarian who defies expectations by bringing the awesome every single day!

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