Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher

Author

Since 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as an author/consultant who works with educators around the world.

Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education.

Always in search of a better way, Kelly honed his craft by taking on leadership positions in several key literacy programs. For several years, he taught secondary literacy courses as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, and, most recently, he served as the president of the Secondary Reading Group of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Kelly is the author of In the Best Interest of Students, Write Like This, teaching Adolescent Writers Reading Reasons, Deeper Reading and Readicide.

Penny Kittle

Penny Kittle

Author

Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire. She teaches high school English and in the alternative night school for adult students. In the summer Penny teaches graduate students at the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. She is the President and founder of the Book Love Foundation, which gives classroom libraries to teachers dedicated to nurturing the individual reading lives of students in middle and high school.
Throughout the year, she travels the world to speak to teachers about empowering students through independence in literacy. She believes in curiosity, engagement, and deep thinking in schools for both students and their teachers.

Penny is the author of Book Love, Write Beside Them, Inside Writing & My Quick Writes (co-authored with Donald H. Graves), The Greatest Catch, and Public Teaching. She co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work, Children Want to Write: Don Graves and the Revolution in Children’s Writing.

Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña

Author

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels: Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, The Living and The Hunted. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed picture books A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson) and Last Stop on Market Street (illustrated by Christian Robinson).

Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship.

He currently lives in Brooklyn NY and teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the USA.

Kylene Beers

Kylene Beers

Author

Kylene Beers is a former middle school teacher turned teacher educator who spends her time focusing on the needs of struggling readers and has become an internationally-known and respected authority in literacy education..

Kylene is an award-winning educator and is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the US.

She has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Education Committee, was the editor of the national literacy journal Voices from the Middle, taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, held a reading research position in the Comer School Development Program at Yale University School of Medicine, and has most recently served as the Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Robert Probst

Robert Probst

Author

Teacher, writer and speaker Bob Probst is the author of Response and Analysis, coeditor of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, and co-author (with Kylene Beers) of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Bob has also published numerous articles and chapters in national and international publications.

Beginning his teaching career as a high school English teacher and then becoming a supervisor of English for a large school district. Bob spent most of his academic career at Georgia State University. After retiring from Georgia State University, he served as a research fellow for Florida International University. Bob is now a consultant to schools, nationally and internationally, focusing on literacy improvement working with his colleague and co-author, Kylene Beers.

Tom Newkirk

Tom Newkirk

Author, Professor

“We can learn to pay attention, concentrate, devote ourselves to authors. We can slow down so we can hear the voice of texts, feel the movement of sentences, experience the pleasure of words--and own passages that speak to us. (p. 41)” Thomas Newkirk, The Art of Slow Reading: Six Time-Honored Practices for Engagement.

A former teacher high school students in Boston, Tom is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, and founder of the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. Tom is coeditor (with Penny Kittle) of Children Want to Write, which is a collection of Donald Graves’ most significant writings that showcase his research and his inspiring work with children and teachers.

Tom is an author of many books including The Art of Slow Reading, Holding Onto Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones and Teaching the Neglected "R", co-edited with Richard Kent and the much lauded Misreading Masculinity.