Annual Conference 2018 Keynotes
Dave Burgess & Penny Kittle

Updated 11-15-17

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Dave Burgess

Teach Like a PIRATE
Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:00–9:30 AM

Join New York Times Best-Selling author Dave Burgess for a high-energy, entertaining, and inspirational program that will transform the way you look at your role as an educator. Learn how to dramatically increase student engagement, design wildly creative lessons, and build a course that is a life-changing experience for your students.
Using a unique combination of magic and humor, he will reignite your passion for the education profession and show you exactly how to make school an amazing place that has students wanting to knock down the walls to get in.
Teach Like a PIRATE has sparked a full-scale revolution in the educational world and has inspired teachers from all over the globe to achieve new levels of excellence in their schools and classrooms. This program is your chance to experience the one-of-a-kind presentational style of unbelievable intensity and outrageous energy that has transfixed audiences at packed venues across the nation.

About Dave

Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.  At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

Dave delivers the ultimate professional development experience for your teachers that is perfect for all circumstances from truly inspirational opening keynotes to full-day hands-on workshops.  It is a high-energy, interactive, and entertaining experience that will leave your staff unbelievably inspired, motivated, and with the practical skills to dramatically increase student engagement.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

As a teacher in San Diego, California, he was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.

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Penny Kittle

Book Love:
Building Reading Lives that Last
Friday, April 6, 2018
8:30–9:45 AM

Reading habits do not emerge by accident, but through careful and purposeful modeling and instruction. We must meet children's social and learning needs as we support their lives as readers. These needs are intertwined and interdependent and have more to do with reading success than school-centered standards do. We will consider classroom conditions grounded in the key principles for motivation: relevance, engagement, and success. I will show how I help young readers construct identities of power and opportunity, to challenge themselves as readers, and to act with agency in my classroom.

About Penny

Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire. She teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th graders each fall and also occasionally in the alternative night school for adult students.
Her career in teaching began in a third grade classroom in California, and has taken her to Oregon, Washington, Ohio, Michigan, and now to New Hampshire.
In the summer Penny teaches graduate students at the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. 
Throughout the year, she travels across the U.S. and Canada (and once in a while even farther) speaking to teachers about empowering students through independence in literacy. She believes in curiosity, engagement, and deep thinking in schools for both students and their teachers.
Penny stands on the shoulders of her mentors, the Dons (Murray & Graves), and the Toms (Newkirk & Romano), in her belief that intentional teaching in a reading and writing workshop brings the greatest student investment and learning in a classroom.
In 2008, Penny received the Literacy Leader award for the state of New Hampshire, given by the New England Reading Association. In 2015, Penny was given the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership.
Penny is the author of Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers, Write Beside Them: risk, voice, and clarity in high school writing, Inside Writing: how to teach the details of craft & My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves), The Greatest Catch: a life in teaching, and Public Teaching: one kid at a time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work, Children Want to Write: Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing.
She was a columnist for Voices from the Middle, an NCTE publication, for six years.
Penny’s writing has been featured in ASCD’s Educational Leadership, The Colorado Reading Council Journal, The Manitoba ASCD Journal, The Journal of the Colorado Language Arts Society, California English, Scholastic, and Ohio State University’s Adolescent Literacy in Perspective Journal.
In 2009, Penny received the James N. Britton award from the National Council of Teachers of English for Write Beside Them.
In 2012 Penny and her husband founded the Book Love Foundation, a 5013c non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers.
As budgets have shrunk across America, books and libraries and school librarians have been cut in far too many schools. Books can have an incredible effect on children’s lives, yet there is only one book for every 300 kids living in underserved communities in the U.S.
Penny believes every child in America needs access to books that will keep them turning pages, racing to the end, discovering new ideas and learning to understand the diversity in our world. She believes all children deserve books they can and will want to read and teachers that will guide them to improve as readers.
We need access to books from every corner of the world and from every field of study. Students should have access to all the current award winners in literature and to the wide range of genres they will read in the future. Every classroom should have hundreds of books to inspire curiosity, hope, and vision for the future.
The Book Love Foundation is passionately committed to teachers who aim instruction towards increasing volume, stamina, and joy in reading in middle and high school. Every classroom should be a celebration of reading. We need a book for every reader, recommended by readers, and shelved by interests to invite browsing.
Each year the Board of Directors funds as many starter libraries of 500 highly engaging books for teenagers as possible. The foundation's partners, Heinemann Publishing and Book Source, have each agreed to fund one library each year.
Since 2013 the Book Love Foundation has funded 55 classroom libraries and provided small grants to 25 other teachers. Its vision is to change the story of reading. We have to.
Every child. Every year. Every classroom.

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