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College of Education

Literacy Research Center and Clinic

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3156

Email: hcruz@uwyo.edu

Conference Speakers

Learn more about our conference keynote speakers and featured children's book authors below. View the conference program for more info.

Keynote Speakers

image of Elizabeth DutroElizabeth Dutro

Title: “It’s like my heart exploded. I think I’ll write a poem.” Trauma, Testimony and Critical Witness in the Literacy Classroom

Time: 5:30 pm on Friday, 9/20
Location:
Union Ballroom

Abstract: What happens when children and teachers intentionally engage challenging life experiences as a resource for school literacies? How are trauma, justice, and school literacies entangled in curriculum and instruction in literacy classrooms? This talk centers on those questions to share findings from a school-university teacher-research partnership in which collaborators designed pedagogies and practices to 1) reframe the dominant approaches to considering children’s trauma and 2) provide opportunities for students to bring the varied experiences of life to their school literacies in positive, meaningful, and supported ways.

Speaker Bio: Elizabeth Dutro is professor and chair of literacy studies at University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches courses in literacy methods, education in film, and literacy theory and practice. In her research, she collaborates closely with teacher colleagues to better understand the intersections of children’s lives and knowledge, their opportunities to thrive in literacy classrooms, and the pursuit of justice in and through schooling. She welcomes connection and can be contacted at: Elizabeth.dutro@colorado.edu.

 

headshot photo of Susan V. PiazzaSusan V. Piazza

Title: Creating and Sustaining Literacy Practices that Engage Learners, Schools and Communities

Time: 8:30 am on Saturday, 9/21
Location:
Union Ballroom

Abstract: How might educators take on the challenge to ensure equitable outcomes for all learners? In this keynote presentation, Dr. Piazza presents examples of curriculum design and literacy instruction sensitive to students’ lived experiences at home and in the community based on her substantial work supporting various under-resourced school districts. Drawing on her multiple studies, Dr. Piazza provides a framework for robust literacy learning which will help support K-12 educators design culturally sustaining and responsive practices to engage learners, schools, and communities.

Speaker Bio: Susan V. Piazza is a professor and program coordinator of literacy studies at Western Michigan University and co-editor of Reading Horizons, an international peer-reviewed research journal. Her research focuses on culturally and linguistically sustaining literacy pedagogy, family and community engagement, and teachers’ professional learning. She is co-principal investigator in a USDE National Professional Development grant that studies the preparation of K-12 educators to better serve English learners. Dr. Piazza was selected as Michigan Reading Association’s Teacher Educator of the Year Award in 2016 and has published in journals such as the International Journal of Multicultural Education, Language and Literacy, Reading Teacher, Reading Writing Quarterly, and the English Journal.

 

image of Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña

Title: Reading (and Writing) from the “Wrong Side” of the Track

Time: 2:10 pm on Saturday, 9/21
Location:
Education Auditorium

Abstract: My personal journey from reluctant reader to writer, focusing on the barriers many working class boys and men encounter in the acquisition of literacy.

Speaker Bio: Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living) and four picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. Matt received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific where he attended school on a full basketball scholarship. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.


Featured Children's Authors

Image of Gene GaglianoEugene Gagliano

Title: Motivate Creative Writing in the K-8 Classroom

Time: 12:10 pm on Saturday, 9/21
Location:
Education Annex 225

Abstract: Experience an entertaining, educational and interactive workshop by retired elementary teacher, children’s author/speaker, and Wyoming Poet Laureate, Eugene M. Gagliano. Gene’s emphasis will be on encouraging creative writing in the elementary and middle school grades. He will demonstrate how to get students to use sensory triggers to get story ideas and mine narrative experiences, “show and not tell” in their writing, and develop real characters.

Speaker Bio: Known by many as the teacher who dances on his desk, Eugene Gagliano is a retired elementary teacher whose author presentations are entertaining, informative, and inspirational. He has presented at 169 schools, and at the International Reading Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and for libraries and festivals in numerous states. Gene was the recipient of the IRA’s 2004 Wyoming State Celebrate Literacy Award and the 2001 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award. Gene’s book Dee and the Mammoth illustrated by Zachary Pullen, won the 2010-2011 Wyoming State Historical Society Award for Best Fiction and represented the state of Wyoming at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C in 2011. His children's poetry book, Is It True?, was selected as Wyoming's Best Read for 2018 and represented the state of Wyoming at the 2018 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

His other books include C is for Cowboy: a Wyoming Alphabet, Four Wheels West: a Wyoming Number Book (a former Western Writer’s Spur Award nominee), V is for Venus Flytrap: a Plant Alphabet, My Teacher Dances on the Desk (winner of the 2010 Delaware Diamonds Book List Children’s Choice Award), Secret of the Black Widow (a former Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award nominee), The Magic Box, Falling Stars, Inside the Clown, Booger, Little Wyoming, Angel’s Landing, Wedge of Fear, and Snap. Gene is a member of Western Writers, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Literacy Association, Wyoming Writers, and Wyoming Poets.

  

Image of Janice GooglesJanice Goggles

Title: Arapaho Culture and Traditional Arapaho Stories Told in the Old Way

Time: 12:10 pm on Saturday, 9/21
Location:
Education Annex 314

Abstract: My earliest memories are of the safety of Gramma and Grampa’s cabin, sleeping bags filled with cousins arrayed on the floor. My auntie would say, “Grampa, tell us a story.” Slowly, beginning in English, an hours-long story began. Very soon Grampa shifted to our Arapaho language as naturally as he breathed. As an Arapaho woman and a teacher, I have many stories from across my life that I share with the children in my classroom. In this session, I share Arapaho language and culture through Arapaho storytelling and a video called Arapaho Truths. As you watch the video, I will ask you to identify your questions about the Arapaho people. We end the session by discussing your questions about (a) Arapaho storytelling, and (b) the Arapaho people.

Speaker Bio: Janice Goggles is an Arapaho woman. She grew up hearing Arapaho stories in the Arapaho language from her grandfather. After raising her family of five children, Janice attended UW to earn a degree in education. Janice has been a teacher for 32 years at St. Stephen’s Indian School. As an elementary teacher, Janice teaches all academic subjects to her students. As well, she teaches Arapaho language and culture. She uses a culturally authentic approach with her students called "Ceh'e3tii" in Arapaho. This approach involves teaching her children the Arapaho way of listening and showing respect to others.

 

image of Matt de la PeñaMatt de la Peña

Title: The New Diversity

Time: 12:10 pm on Saturday, 9/21
Location:
Education Annex 229

Speaker Bio: Most writers who feature diverse characters have at least one book that focuses on diversity. For me it was Mexican WhiteBoy. In this session I will discuss how my approach to writing diverse books has evolved after the publication of Mexican WhiteBoy.

 

headshot photo of Tim RushTim Rush

Title: Have a Fire…” Writing Children’s Historical Fiction

Time: 12:10 pm on Saturday, 9/21
Location:
Education Annex 308

Abstract: I would like to share with you my account of how three stories became books because of conversations, not conferences, with critical friends. Two of the stories are from my Gemma Media Open Door to Literacy books, American Lion and A Full Circle. The third is from a work in progress, “Jade Stone’s Story.” It tells the experience of Arapaho children at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in the 1880s I have a major obstacle to overcome in this one. Perhaps you will have the answer I am seeking.

Speaker Bio: Tim Rush is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Rush’s work has focused on the preparation of teachers of American Indian children, culturally relevant American Indian education, indigenous culture and language preservation, and occupational literacy. Rush came to UW in 1982 as an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Extended Degree Program in Elementary Education. Before the advent of distance-teaching technologies, Rush traveled Wyoming as one of UW's "flying professors" who were flown to teach classes in communities across the state. He then adopted evolving new technologies: from audio conferencing in the 1980s to video conferencing in the 1990s, and to the most recent technology of online learning. In 1987, Rush received the National University Continuing Education Association's Annual Award for New Degree Programs for leading the university's Extended Degree Program in Elementary Education. That same year, he was awarded UW's Hollon Family Award for Excellence in Off-Campus Teaching. In 2008, Rush and UW Associate Professor Angela Jaime established the Teachers of American Indian Children graduate certificate program. The Wind River Tribal College bestowed him an honorary degree in 2007, and in 2009, the International Reading Association recognized him with the Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading award. These accomplishments led to his receiving the WyDEC Master Distance Educator Award in 2012. Rush currently writes high interest books for young adults and adults who are new to the reading of English.

 

headshot photo of stan steinerStan Steiner

Title: What's New in Children's Literature: Strategies, Trends and Perusing

Time: 12:10 pm on Saturday, 9/21
Location: 318

Abstract: This session is for participants interested in seeing recently published children's books. Trends, themes and strategies will be shared for using literature in the classroom practice and beyond.This session intended for teachers, librarians, parents. and children's literature lovers.

Speaker Bio: His students have dubbed him “The Bookman” because of his vast knowledge of children’s literature. He has written and coauthored many articles connecting literature and content areas for such journals as Book Links, Reading Teaching and Multicultural Review. Prior to his present position teaching children’s and young adult literature at Boise State University, he taught elementary school for fifteen years. Stan, and his storytelling wife Joy, present across America combining their love of literature and story. View website.

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Literacy Research Center and Clinic

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3156

Email: hcruz@uwyo.edu

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