Speakers

Linda Dorn

Linda Dorn

Linda Dorn is a Professor of Reading Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Director of the UALR Center for Literacy. She is a Reading Recovery Trainer and past president of the Reading Recovery Council of North America. She is the founder of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model and the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM). Linda is recognized nationally for her contributions to literacy education and has presented at over 300 conferences at international, national, and state levels, including keynote and featured presentations.  She has published widely with 7 books on literacy instruction, book chapters, articles, and media publications. Currently, she is collaborating with colleagues, Salli Forbes, Mary Ann Poparad, & Barbara Schubert, on a new book, Changing Minds, Changing Schools: A Comprehensive Literacy Approach for School Improvement, to be published in fall by Hameray. 

Salli Forbes

Salli Forbes

Salli Forbes is Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the Director of the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa and Co-Director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy. She is dedicated to the vision that all children can achieve high levels of literacy competency through a comprehensive approach to instruction and intensive, high quality intervention instruction for the students who are not able to learn from classroom instruction alone.  Salli is committed to educational improvement through high quality professional development for teachers.  Her research interests include teaching and assessing fluency, student engagement and motivation, and educational change.  She co-edited the book Research in Reading Recovery Volume Two and published several articles on topics related to early literacy. She is Past President of the Reading Recovery Council of North America and Chair of the Communications Committee for the International Reading Recovery Trainers Organization.

Nicki McGowan

Nicki McGowan

Nicki McGowan is the Instructor for the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy at the University of Northern Iowa.  She has over twenty years of experience in education.  Nicki has worked as a Literacy Coach at Price Lab School, been involved in the Literacy Education Professional Development School collaboration between UNI and Lincoln Elementary in Waterloo, and taught University courses in Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy and Emergent Literacy.  Nicki was trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader at THE Ohio State University.  Previous to that role, she was a Reading Recovery teacher, Reading Specialist, Inclusion Specialist, Resource teacher, and Classroom teacher with experiences in grades K-8 in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.  She also spent a year as an educational consultant with the LRE for Life Project delivering technical assistance in special education settings from pre-kindergarten through high school.  Her interests include emergent literacy, struggling learners, and teacher empowerment.

Deb Rich

Deb Rich

Deb Rich is the Assistant Director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy. She has experience in education serving as a principal, Area Education Agency K-12 literacy consultant, K-12 curriculum coordinator, K-6 language arts coordinator, reading specialist, Reading Recovery and classroom teacher. She wrote curriculum for the Iowa Department of Education and has taught University courses in assessment and evaluation of literacy, leadership in literacy, reading methods, emergent literacy, and language development. Her research interests include classroom discourse, vocabulary development (including academic language), and the integration of literacy and mathematics.  Deb has published for ASCD on the topic of leading change initiatives. She currently serves on the Reading Recovery Council of North America national conference committee, the AEA 267 board of directors, and is Vice-President of the AEA 267 Foundation.