Call for Proposals
MSRC invites presenters to share their expertise October 17-18 in Billings, MT for the 2013 Montana State Literacy Conference. Keynote speakers include Henry Winkler, Kelly Gallagher, Lauren Tarshis and IRA's Douglas Fisher.
MSRC Announces Speakers for the
2013 Montana State Literacy Conference
Henry Winkler is an actor, director producer and author. Winkler’s portrayal of “The Fonz” for 10 seasons on Happy Days (1974-84) made him one of the most recognized actors in the world. He won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (1976 and 1977), and three Emmy nominations in the same category. He was honored with a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the leather jacket the character wore has hung in The Smithsonian since 1980. “Fonzie’s” lunch box was recently added to the exhibit.
In 2003, Henry Winkler began writing a series of children’s novels with his partner, Lin Oliver, entitled, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever. The books are inspired by Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges and have appeared on several Best Seller lists including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among others.
Continuing his love for children’s books, Winkler released the first installment of a new series in January 2012 entitled Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero.
In 2011 he published a collection of anecdotes and heartfelt observations I've Never Met an Idiot on the River. The book is a collection of the lessons and photos Winkler gathered while fly fishing in Montana.
In addition to teaching English full-time at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, Kelly Gallagher has an extensive background in secondary literacy education. He served as the English Coordinator for the Anaheim Union High School District, an urban district comprised of 37,000 secondary students; a Co-Director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University Long Beach; and an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, where he taught secondary literacy courses.
Kelly is a teacher and a former statewide trainer for the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for successful transition into universities. He has also served as a teacher leader in the California Reading and Literature Project, both at the University of California Los Angeles and University of California Irvine.
Kelly is the author of Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School , Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12 , Teaching Adolescent Writers, and Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It .
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