Nancy Akhavan is a sought after author and speaker who works with teachers and leaders across the U.S. Nationally, Nancy provides professional development and consulting to organizations, schools and school districts.
One of the most respected authorities in the field of adolescent reading, Deborah Appleman is Professor of Educational Studies and Director of the Summer Writing Program at Carleton College, where she works weekly in urban and suburban high schools.
The winner of NCTE's James Moffett Award, Gretchen Bernabei has been teaching kids to write in middle school and high school classrooms for almost 30 years. These days, she's on the road consulting, having delivered hundreds of workshops.
Leslie Blauman is best known for her association with PEBC, where her classroom is a working model for staff development and the subject of workshops and films.She has been teaching reading and literacy in Colorado schools for over 30 years.
Always in big demand, Nancy Boyles is a former professor of reading turned literacyconsultant, who provides workshops, model lessons, and curriculum support to districts and organizations across the country.
Still in the classroom, Jim Burke is an author who needs no introduction to anyone in the field of secondary ELA instruction. In addition to his many ground-breaking books and awards, he is now the chief ELA advisor for the College Board.
Gravity Goldberg is author of Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge, Grades 1-8 and author of many articles about reading, writing, and professional development. She holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
ReLeah Cossett Lent was a secondary teacher before becoming a founding member of a statewide literacy project at the University of Central Florida. She is now an international consultant speaking on topics that range from literacy to leadership.