ICTE Annual Fall Conference
October 6 & 7, 2016 • Johnston, Iowa
Dr. Sara Kajder will deliver Thursday’s keynote address. Kajder is a faculty member in Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia, a writer, and consultant to k-12 school systems across the US. Having spent the past two years teaching middle school English in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Kajder currently is a Professor in Residence at Burney Harris Lyons Middle School. Her most recent research examines secondary English teacher practices and adolescent literacy identities as they are constructed in dialogue with uses of digital tools and social media. Among her many peer-reviewed articles and books, she is the author of Adolescents and Digital Literacies, the 2012 Recipient of the NCTE Britton Award. Dr. Kajder is the immediate past chair of the Middle Level Section of NCTE and works with Dr. Shelbie Witte to edit the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle.
Donalyn Miller will deliver Friday’s keynote address. Miller has taught 4th, 5th, and6th grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, Texas area and was a finalist for 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In her popular book The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn is the founder of the annual #bookaday event and co-host the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post.