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REVITALIZE: Getting Back to Teaching

February 23-24, 2018

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2018 Featured Speakers

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Morning Keynote


Dr. Donald Bear

Donald R. Bear, Ph.D. is a professor in literacy education at Iowa State University where he teaches doctoral, Master’s, and preservice teachers, and directs the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic. He is also professor emeritus from the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald is involved in innovative professional development grants, and his work in assessment and word study is used widely. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, book chapters, and 12 books, including Words Their Way, Words Their Way with English Learners, Vocabulary Their Way and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, 4 – 12. He has received several awards for teaching and service. Donald is involved in numerous studies that examine literacy learning including studies of orthographic development in different and second languages. 

Dr. Bear’s talk is sponsored by Pearson Education, Inc.

Friday, February 23, 2018 – Afternoon Keynote

credit: Dominic Peters

credit: Dominic Peters


Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist and mother. Carine’s memoir, The Wild Truth, published by Harper Collins / Harper One was released in November 2014, and was quick to become a New York Times Best Seller followed by international publications. The Wild Truth has been selected for many Best Books of 2014 lists including those chosen by readers and editors at Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Amazon and IndieNext. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her two daughters.




Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Morning Keynote


Mindy McGinnis

Mindy McGinnis


Mindy McGinnis is the Edgar-Award winning author of A Madness so Discreet as well as the post-apocalyptic duology Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust.

Her first contemporary title, The Female of the Species was released in September of 2016, and Given to the Sea, the first in a fantasy series, releases in April of 2017.






Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Afternoon Keynote



Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough is the author of The Game of Love and Death, a winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Kirkus Prize finalist, and Publishers Weekly Top 10 novel for teens. She’s a former high school teacher, journalist, and editor of MSN.com, and is the founder of National Grammar Day. She’s the author of several fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults, including a biography of Alexander Hamilton. She lives in Seattle.