• Summer Literacy Institute Featured Presenters

    Sara Ahmed

    consulting author and educator

    Sara Ahmed

    Sara Ahmed has taught in urban, suburban, public, independent, and international schools. Sara is coauthor with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. Sara's classrooms are designed to help her adolescent students consider their own identities and take action in the world in socially responsible ways. She is a longtime member of the teacher leadership team for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization devoted to developing critical thinking and empathy for others. Sara spent the 2016–2017 school year at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand, as a preK-6 literacy coach. Her new book, due out in 2018, will explore the ways teachers and schools can engage in difficult classroom conversations while honoring the factors of our identity, the questions we have about the world around us, and the years of story we bring to the discussion.

     

    Christopher Lehman

    author, consultant, and founding director of the Educator Collaborative

    Christopher Lehman

    Christopher Lehman is the founding director of the Educator Collaborative. He is an international speaker, consultant, and New York Times best-selling author. He holds degrees from UW-Madison; NYU; and Teachers College, Columbia University. Chris has been a middle-school teacher, a high-school teacher, a literacy coach, and a senior staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Now with the Educator Collaborative, he is working to innovate the ways educators learn in person and online, providing opportunities for teachers, coaches, and administrators to share their expertise so students can hold their brightest futures.

     

    Donalyn Miller

    consulting author and educator

    Donalyn Miller

    Donalyn Miller is an award-winning Texas teacher and author of several books on engaging children with reading, including The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. Donalyn is the cofounder of the community blog Nerdy Book Club and cohosts the monthly Twitter chat #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, the Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership, and the Washington Post. Donalyn serves as Scholastic Book Fairs’ manager of independent reading and outreach.

     

    Gene Yang

    visiting presenter

    Gene Yang

    Gene Yang began publishing comic books under the name Humble Comics in 1996. In 1997, he was awarded a Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. Since then, he’s written and drawn a number of stories in comics. His book, American Born Chinese, became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature. It also won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album—New. The Eternal Smile, a collection of short stories illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim, also won an Eisner Award and was selected as a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults.

    His graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, was a 2013 National Book Award finalist, the 2013 winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in YA literature, and was named to the School Library Journal's "Best Book of the Year 2013." Yang recently joined the group of writers working on Superman for DC Comics. In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang was named the Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, by the Library of Congress. In addition to cartooning, Gene teaches computer science at a Catholic high school in California.

     

    Kristin Ziemke

    consulting author and teacher

    Kristin Ziemke

    Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. A teacher of elementary-age learners in Chicago, Kristin Ziemke pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and an Apple Distinguished Educator and National Board certified teacher, Kristin collaborates with educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker, and writer.