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Hot Topics in Literacy

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  • Conference
When Oct 10, 2015
from 08:00 am to 02:45 pm
Where Sage Hall
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Contact Phone (920) 424-4444
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Sponsored by the Department of Literacy and Language (formerly the Department of Reading)


Registration (includes lunch

Undergraduate/Graduate Students/Reading Council Members: $40

Reading Council Members: $50
Teachers / Administrators: $80
School District Team Special: Send 4 people from the same district for the price of 3!
One registration fee of $240 will be needed, along with the four attendee's names

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Keynote Speakers

AlanAlan Katz is the author of many highly acclaimed children’s books, including nine Silly Dilly Songbooks such as Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Where Did They Hide My Presents? and Are You Quite Polite? His picture books include Don’t Say That Word!, The Flim-Flam Fairies and Stalling, and among his poetry books are OOPS! and Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking. His first middle-grade chapter book, The Day the Mustache Took Over, was just released by Bloomsbury.

 Katz is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for TV series including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Tony Danza Show, animated series Taz-Mania, Disney’s Raw Toonage and Goof Troop, the Grammy Awards and Tony Awards, various Nickelodeon shows, and a lot of network specials and game shows. He has also created of comic books, trading card sets, web videos, and hundreds of other special projects for kids and their parents. 

Katz has created and produced interactive games for Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Supermarket Sweep, Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and other popular shows. He also wrote and created the Wheel of Fortune Live stage show, and created and hosted a live weekly game show for kids on XM Radio. Additionally, he has developed hundreds of advertising and promotional campaigns for many top consumer brands.  


LoriLori Oczkus is a literacy coach, author, and popular speaker across the United States. Tens of thousands of teachers have attended her motivating, fast paced workshops and read her practical, research-based professional books. Lori has extensive experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, intervention specialist working with struggling readers, and staff developer and literacy coach. She works with students every week in classrooms and really knows the challenges that teachers face in teaching students to read!  Lori has been inducted in the California Reading Association Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the field of reading in California and internationally. 

Oczkus' best selling books include: Just the Facts: Close Reading and Comprehension of Informational Text (Shell Education, 2014), Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 72 Lessons You Can’t Teach Without (IRA, 2012), Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension(IRA 2010), Interactive Think Aloud Lessons: 25 Surefire Ways to Engage Students and Improve Comprehension (Scholastic, 2009), Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results ( Heinemann, 2007).

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