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  • Danny Brassell, Ph.D.

    Danny Brassell is an educational consultant and author. A former teacher, Danny is a popular national presenter who speaks on topics ranging from literacy to motivation. He has written numerous articles for academic journals, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and book chapters. He co-authored Comprehension That Works with Timothy Rasinski, as well as The Reading Makeover and wrote A Baker’s Dozen of Lessons Learned from the Teaching Trenches and Bringing Joy Back into the Classroom.
  • Mary Ann Capiello, Ed.D.

    Mary Ann Cappiello, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, teaches courses in content literacy and children’s literature. Dr. Cappiello is a regular presenter at the national and regional levels, she blogs about children’s books, and has been a guest on public radio.
  • Wendy Conklin, M.A.

    Wendy Conklin is an award-winning author and educational consultant. A former teacher, Wendy now trains other teachers in staff development workshops and also presents at national conferences. Her passions include helping teachers differentiate for their gifted learners and promoting critical thinking and creativity to develop today’s students. Wendy earned her master’s in gifted education from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
  • Lisa Donovan, Ph.D.

    Lisa Donovan is an Associate Professor of Education and former director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. A theater artist, educator, and researcher, she has taught internationally in Japan and Israel and throughout the United States. Her research interests include the impact of arts integration in education, and the role of arts in developing a sense of voice and identity.
  • Valerie Ellery, M.A.Ed., NBCT

    Valerie Ellery has served the field of education for more than 25 years as a National Board Certified Teacher, curriculum specialist, mentor, literacy coach, staff developer, and award-winning international author and consultant. Valerie has published many books, curriculums, and staff-development video series to empower educators to create literacy reform globally.
  • Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D.

    Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D., is professor emeritus from The Ohio State University, Department of Teaching and Learning. She holds a master of science in Reading Supervision/Specialist and a doctor of philosophy in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She has taught elementary school, adult literacy, and literacy methods courses, and has authored and edited many articles, books, and teacher resources.
  • Richard Gentry, Ph.D.

    Richard Gentry is nationally recognized for his work in spelling, phase theory, beginning reading and writing, and teaching literacy in elementary school. A former university professor and elementary school teacher, his most recent book is Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write - From Baby to Age 7. Other books include topics such as beginning reading and writing, assessment, and spelling. He also blogs for Psychology Today magazine. Richard has spoken at state and national conferences and has provided teachers with inspiring strategies to use in their classroom.
  • Linda Gojack, M.A.Ed.

    Linda Gojack, Director for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology at John Carroll University, is a leader in mathematics education and has taught mathematics at various grade levels for over 35 years. She has served as president of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.
  • Sharroky Hollie, Ph.D.

    Sharroky Hollie is the Executive Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing stellar professional development for educators desiring to become culturally responsive. He is a cofounder of the nationally acclaimed laboratory school, Culture and Language Academy of Success (CLAS) in Los Angeles. Dr. Hollie is also the author of numerous publications and professional resources including one of Teacher Created Materials’ best sellers Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success.
  • Ellen Keene, M.A.

    Ellin Keene has authored and co-authored numerous books, reading textbooks, and reading and education policy journals. She has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, adjunct professor of reading and writing, and was deputy director and director of literacy and staff development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Eugenia Mora-Flores, Ed.D.

    Eugenia Mora-Flores is a Professor of clinical education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). She teaches courses on first and second language acquisition, Latino culture, and courses in literacy development for elementary and secondary students. Eugenia leads the reading certificate program and oversees the bilingual authorization program for perspective bilingual Spanish-speaking teachers. Her research interests include studies on effective practices in developing the language and literacy skills of English learners in grades K-12. She has written nine books in the area of literacy and academic language development (ALD) for English learners, including, Balanced Literacy for English Learners (K-2), Writing instruction for English Learners, Connecting Content and Language for English Learners, Science for English Language Learners: Developing Academic Language through Inquiry Based Science and most recently, four publications on Strategies for Connecting Content and Language for English Learners across the curriculum.
  • Michael Murphy, Ed.D.

    Michael Murphy is a national educational coach, facilitator, and consultant. He draws from 36 years of educational experience as he trains and works with teachers, teacher and school leaders, and district leaders across the United States. He has published numerous articles for national journals and has been the contributing or lead author on four educational books in the last 15 years.
  • Evangeline Newton, Ph.D.

    Evangeline Newton, Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Akron, teaches literacy methods courses and conducts workshops for teachers on word study, comprehension, and guided reading. Dr. Newton has co-authored several professional resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource the Building Vocabulary series.
  • Rick Newton, Ph.D.

    Rick Newton, Kent State University, Emeritus Professor of Greek and Latin, teaches a popular and long-running course on vocabulary development. Dr. Newton has co-authored several professional resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource the Building Vocabulary series.
  • Maria Nichols, M.A.

    Maria Nichols, a National Board Certified Teacher, is an elementary level literacy staff developer for San Diego City Schools. Previously, she was a classroom teacher for 15 years, including 3 years of professional development work at the district level. Maria is the author of Talking About Text: Guiding Students to Increase Comprehension Through Purposeful Talk.
  • Lori Oczkus, M.A.

    Lori Oczkus, is an accomplished educator, author, and speaker. She has experience working as a bilingual elementary teacher, reading intervention specialist, staff developer, and literacy coach. Lori has inspired many teachers through her motivating workshops and best-selling books. She frequently spends time in classrooms and focuses on helping teachers refine their reading instruction. Lori has been inducted in the California Reading Association Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the field of reading. She has authored several books including Just the Facts: Close Reading and Comprehension of Informational Text, Close Reading with Paired Texts, Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 25 Lessons You Can't Teach Without!, Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results, Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Powerful Strategies, and Lessons for Improving Reading Comprehension.
  • Nancy Padak, Ed.D.

    Nancy Padak, Principal Investigator for the Ohio Literacy Resource Center, directs the Reading and Writing Center at Kent State University. She has co-authored several professional resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource the Building Vocabulary series.
  • Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.

    Timothy Rasinski is the author of numerous books and articles on reading education. He is a frequent, well-known presenter nationwide. His research on fluency has been cited by the National Reading Panel. He has co-authored many resources for Shell Education - a division of Teacher Created Materials - including, but not limited to, Greek & Latin Roots: Keys to Building Vocabulary, Starting with Prefixes and Suffixes, Practice with Prefixes, Vocabulary Ladders: Understanding Word Nuances series, Getting to the Roots of Content-Area Vocabulary series, Idioms and Other English Expressions series, Close Reading with Paired Texts series, Rhymes for the Times: Literacy Strategies through Social Studies as well as Teacher Created Materials’ curriculum resource Building Vocabulary series.
  • LaVonna Roth, M.S.Ed.

    LaVonna Roth is an internationally known author, keynote speaker, and consultant. Her passion is bridging neuroscience and education. Thousands of educators and students have benefited from her abundance of practical, applicable, and down-to-earth strategies for the most common and frustrating issues in education. These strategies are a direct result from years of research, as well as classroom and consulting experiences. LaVonna presents very interactive and engaging seminars and has done so across three continents. She is the author of Brain-Powered Strategies to Engage All Learners.
  • Kimberly Stockton, M.Ed.

    Kimberly Stockton, Vice President of Education at Teacher Created Materials, provides professional development and training on Teacher Created Materials' curriculum materials and Shell Education professional resources for school districts, teachers, and educational trainers. Prior to joining Teacher Created Materials, Kimberly was a teacher and reading specialist in Southern California.
  • Ruth Helen Yopp-Edwards, Ph.D.

    Ruth Yopp-Edwads, is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. Her research and writing interests include comprehension and vocabulary instruction, the use of informational text in the primary grades, and early literacy development. She is the co-author of five books, has numerous publications in professional journals, and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Ruth taught in the K-12 public schools for ten years and is a recipient of the Orange County California Teacher of the Year Award. She was inducted into the California Reading Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition of her contributions to literacy.
  • Hallie Yopp-Slowik, Ph.D.

    Hallie Yopp-Slowik, a former bilingual elementary school teacher, is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. She currently co-directs the California State University 23-campus system’s Center for the Advancement of Reading. Active in teaching, writing, speaking, and service, she was names CSU Fullerton’s Outstanding Professor of the Year and received a system-wide award of excellence. She is an inductee into the California Reading Hall of Fame. Hallie serves on the editorial review board of The Reading Teacher, a journal of the International Reading Association.
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