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2015 Conference Speakers

Literacy Educators and Researchers: 
Making a Difference in our Diverse Communities

Author Presentation
Thursday, November 5, 2015
7:30 – 8:30 pm

René Colato Lainez
Living to Tell the Story: Voices of Dreams, Hopes, and Equality                                                                                                                                                                

René Colato Laínez is a talented, award winning Salvadoran author of numerous multicultural and bilingual books. He is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults. René is a bilingual elementary teacher at Fernangeles Elementary School, where his students refer to him as "the teacher full of stories.” His writing style embraces his culture, reflects his language, and captures his experiences as an immigrant. René has received several awards including the International Latino Book Award, Americas Book Award Commended Title, and the International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice.





   
General Assembly Keynote Speaker
Friday, November 6, 2015
9:45 – 10:55 am

Patricia Edwards
Preparing Educators Who Make a Difference in Our Diverse Communities                                                                                                                                              

Patricia A. Edwards, a member of the Reading Hall Fame, is a Distinguished Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Teacher Education and a Senior University Outreach Fellow at Michigan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in parent involvement, home, school, community partnerships, multicultural literacy, early literacy, and family/intergenerational literacy, especially among poor and minority children. She served as the first African American President of the Literacy Research Association and as President of the International Reading Association

 
   
Awards Breakfast Keynote Speaker
Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:45 – 9:50 am

Catherine Compton-Lilly
Transnational Funds of Knowledge: What Students in Immigrant Families
Know and Understand About the World                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Catherine Compton-Lilly is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Dr. Compton-Lilly teaches courses in literacy studies and works with professional development schools in Madison. She conducted the research that is the focus of her talk with Jieun Kim, Erin Quast, Sarah Tran, and Stephanie Shedrow.

 
   

Presidential Address

Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:00 – 11:55 am

Helen Perkins                                                                                                      Examining the Research of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Through the Lens of Social Justice

                                                                                                                                       

J. Helen Perkins is an Associate Professor of Reading and Urban Literacy in the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department at the University of Memphis. She currently serves as President of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Her scholarly work has focused on children of poverty and their literacy acquisition and enhancement while working with urban, suburban and rural communities. Helen has worked over 37years in education, serving as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach and in various other capacities; she is also the former Editor of The Reading Teacher.



   
J. Estill Alexander Forum for ALER Leaders in Literacy
Saturday, November 7, 2015
4:00 – 5:25 pm

Mary Roe
Literacy: Reading Redux or Reading Gone?                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Mary Roe is currently head of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University. Her research interests go back to her roots, focusing primarily on understanding the reading demands and teaching practices of middle level students and their teachers. Her recent work has led her and her colleagues, Robert Kleinsasser and Michelle Jordan, to consider the essences of teaching and teaching education, the sources of decision making that teachers and teacher educators employ, and the wicked problems that they encounter.

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