Conference Speakers

During The Reading League’s 6th Annual Conference you will be inspired and moved by three outstanding speakers.

Shawn Robinson

Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson

Opening Speaker

Session Title: Life, Learning, and the Pursuit of Reading: The 18-year journey

Session Abstract: Doctor Dyslexia Dude (DDD) is the story of a young Black boy who wanted to learn, but dyslexia prevented his access to literacy. His superpowers remained hidden, and he had limited access to the science of reading instruction. This presentation will identify ways we can provide access for our students with hidden superpowers. It will set the stage for learning by providing access to the science-based approaches to reading, as well as provide ‘access portals’ to learning through meaningful and relevant human relationships.

Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson is co-founder of Doctor Dyslexia Dude and serves on the inaugural advisory council of Benetech. Robinson has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and received several distinguished honors throughout his career, including the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award/New Trier High School Alumni Hall of Honor; the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin; and “Educator of the Year” from All-State Insurance (Chicago) 2005. Robinson is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Keynote Speaker – Day One

Session Title: Delivering on the Promise of the Science of Reading for All Learners

Session Abstract: If the science of reading is the solution, then why are so many Black and Brown children not reading well in school? Reconciling the science with the lived experiences of children who are vulnerable to poor academic achievement in school and the brilliance they bring to the learning environment may be requisite to unlocking the transformative innovation needed to ensure that every child can read and succeed in school.

Dr. Nicole Patton Terry is the Olive & Manuel Bordas Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education, Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR), and Director of the Regional Education Lab—Southeast at Florida State University (FSU). Prior to joining FSU in 2018, she was an Associate Professor of Special Education and the founding Director of the Urban Child Study Center at Georgia State University. She founded The Village at FCRR, a division that takes a collective impact approach to creating and maintaining research partnerships with diverse community stakeholders to promote reading achievement, school readiness, and school success among vulnerable children and youth. She currently serves as vice president for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Associate Editor for the Journal of Learning Disabilities, and is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on the Future of Education Research at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Terry earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a specialization in learning disabilities, in 2004. She was a special education teacher in Evanston Public Schools in Evanston, IL. Dr. Terry’s research, innovation, and engagement activities concern young learners who are vulnerable to experiencing poor language and literacy achievement in school, in particular, African American children, children growing up in poverty, and children with disabilities. Her research and scholarly activities have been supported by various organizations, including the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Institute of Education Sciences, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. 

Nicole Patton Terry

Dr. Nicole Patton Terry

Anita Archer

Dr. Anita L. Archer

Keynote Speaker – Day Two

Session Title: Do the Best You Can Until You Know Better
When you know better, do better.” (Adapted from Maya Angelou)

Session Abstract: This quote reflects why we are attending the 6th annual conference of The Reading League; to gather information on high-leverage practices drawn from the Science of Reading and the Science of Instruction, so that we can implement those practices to improve the learning and lives of the children we serve.

In this endnote, Dr. Archer will focus on these highly effective practices, some are old (Gold) and some are new (Silver), but none of them should be forgotten. This endnote is designed to summarize and wrap up our great conference.

Dr. Anita L. Archer is an educational consultant specializing in explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction. She has taught elementary and middle school students and is the recipient of 10 awards honoring her excellence in teaching and contributions to the field of education. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Oregon in Eugene. She is nationally known for her professional development activities, having presented in every state over the course of her 50-year career. Dr. Archer is coauthor, with Dr. Mary Gleason, of numerous curriculum materials addressing reading, writing, and study skills. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Anita’s primary home is in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys entertaining friends, attending symphony and opera performances, and practicing her cello.

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