Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning reading clinic. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He's published numerous best-selling books. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Dr. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010, Dr. Rasinski was elected into the International Reading Hall of Fame.
Lynda Rice, M.Ed., has implemented innovative, cutting-edge teaching strategies in the classroom as a teacher, principal, and consultant for over 30 years. She has published articles in education journals and even cofounded a multiage K-8 public school in Arizona, serving there as a teacher, principal, and director for 8 years. Lynda visits schools around the country, integrating new research to help teachers create brain compatible, student-centered environments in their own classrooms.
Laura Robb, M.S.Ed., is an author, teacher, coach, and speaker, with more than 40 years of teaching and coaching in grades 4-8. She coaches teachers and works in classrooms three to four months a year. For long‐term professional study projects, Robb works with those students who need the most support from teachers. A keynote and featured speaker at conferences, she leads workshops all over the United States and in Canada. Robb has written more than 25 books on literacy. She also writes articles for educational journals, posts on a variety of blogs, and publishes four newsletters a year for teachers on her website: www.lrobb.com. Robb’s goal is to reach all learners by supporting teachers.
Mary Rosenberg, M.A., is a veteran teacher with the Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, California. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Mary has served as a mentor teacher and a master teacher. Mary has also earned her M.A. in Education Counseling and a certificate in Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Mary has been a writer for Teacher Created Materials and Shell Education for the past 10 years.
J Thomas Roth, Ed. S., holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of South Florida, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University. He has served as a classroom teacher and an assistant principal, and has now been an elementary school principal for over 10 years. J also serves as a University Supervisor with Walden University’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. He has presented to teachers and administrators on various subjects, including classroom management, professional learning communities, and administrative leadership.
LaVonna Roth, M.S.Ed., 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 to 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. Her sessions are a do-not-miss opportunity!
Denise Ryan, has taught students in grades K-7 and beyond, and is a former language and literacy curriculum consultant to the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. In later years, Denise became an educational publisher and has held senior positions in three international publishing companies. She currently works as an independent publisher and as a writer of books for children. Denise is a former president of the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association and a member of the International Reading Association’s Publications’ Committee. A recipient of the ALEA Medal for her services to literacy education in Australia, she has been an invited speaker at literacy conferences in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.