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MSRC Announces Speakers for the 2015 Montana State Literacy Conference
This year's conference will be held at the Belgrade High School,
303 N. Hoffman, Belgrade, MT
2015 Montana Reading Council Presenters
Tim served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010 Tim was elected to the International Reading Hall of Fame.
Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska. Visit Tim’s website: www.timrasinski.com.
In 1987, Mike began a new career as a freelance writer/illustrator/cartoonist. Mike hosted his own television show on WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans and each week his show attracted more than 50,000 viewers - Number one in the market in the time slot. Mike also created cartoons for many national publications including The Washington Post and Entrepreneur Magazine. Mike’s first children’s books were published in 1990 and since then, he has written and/or illustrated more than 35 books. Many of Mike’s books have won awards. Most recently, his book PETITE ROUGE – A CAJUN RED RIDING HOOD was named 2009 Read Aloud Book of the Year by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Over the past 25 years, Mike has shared his techniques for thinking, writing and drawing more creatively with hundreds of thousands of students and teachers. Mike also stays busy as a platform speaker addressing the annual conferences of groups such as the American Society for Training and Development, American Society of Veterinary Medicine, Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Prevent Child Abuse Texas, Library of Michigan Foundation and many other business, education, healthcare and association groups. Mike speaks on the subjects of creativity/innovation, communication, using humor to reduce stress and build community within organizations and the power of perspective.
Mike lives in Covington, Louisiana with his wife Susan, a middle school librarian. They have two grown daughters and 5 grandchildren. Visit Mike’s website – www.mikeartell.com.
Diane has served on and chaired many IRA committees. She was chair of the local IRA convention in Reno, NV, the outstanding dissertation committee, committee on grants and awards, and the intermediate area of children’s and young adult book awards. She was liaison to the urban initiative committee, technology committee, and Asian affiliates. She was Editor of Reading Research Quarterly with John Readence and Editor of The Reading Teacher with Marla Mallette.
Diane has been a professor at the University of Nevada since 1994. She teaches children’s literature, young children’s literacy development, instruction, and assessment, and qualitative research. Diane earned her undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her masters degree in early childhood at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She earned her doctorate at the University of Nevada where she also taught a classroom of first, second, and third graders.
She has written several books: Resilient Children, Research-Based Practices in Early Literacy, Using Your Core Reading Program and Children’s Literature K-3 and 4-6, and Best Practices in Early Literacy. She collaborates with teachers in public schools to enhance student learning in literacy and she has mentored teachers seeking National Board Certification.