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 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 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.