NTCTELA Conference:

June 7, 2019

Literacy Reimagined: Find Your Voice

You won't want to miss it!

NTCTELA 2019 Conference Speakers









Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator who works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people. He is the author of You Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be.

Dr. Mandy Stewart is an associate professor in the Department of Reading at Texas Woman's University. Her research promotes the bilingual and second language development of adolescents and adults who are acquiring English as an additional language, focusing on how reading engagement promotes language acquisition. As the director of the ELLevate! grant from the U.S. Department of Education, she works with high schools to improve the academic outcomes of immigrant youth. Among various journal articles, she has also authored two books: Keep it R.E.A.L! Relevant, Engaging, and Affirming Literacy for Adolescent English Learners and Understanding Adolescent Immigrants: Moving Toward and Extraordinary Discourse for Extraordinary Youth.

Matt de la Pena 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. He teaches creative writing and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Gravity Goldberg is an educational consultant, author and founder of Gravity Goldberg, LLC. She specializes in literacy, special education, curriculum, assessment, and learning with technology. Her work ranges from demonstrating lessons and leading workshops on balanced literacy to working with administrators developing curriculum and customizing professional development programs. She works in classrooms from pre-kindergarten through college and in a variety of settings, both urban and suburban. Her most recent books include, What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow? Fiction & Nonfiction (Corwin) and Mindsets & Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge (Corwin).

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