Donalyn Miller
Donalyn Miller has worked with a wide variety of upper elementary and middle school students and currently teaches fifth grade at O.A. Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas.

In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year.

In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students.

To learn more about Donalyn, visit her website at


Donalyn will be the Thursday, October 16
Keynote speaker and is offering 2 breakout
sessions during the day.

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Lori Oczkus
Lori 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.  Her latest book is due out in May.

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!

Residing in Northern California with her husband, Mark and their three children, Lori enjoys spending time with her family, traveling anywhere by any means, reading historical fiction, walking with friends, and occasionally scuba diving!

 To learn more about Lori, visit her website at


Lori is the Friday, October 17, 2014
Keynote speaker and also is offering
a 2-hour morning session. 

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Corbett Harrison
2014.cHarrisonCorbett Harrison created the WritingFix website back in 1999, and—today—with what little free-time he has when he’s not teaching fulltime in Northern Nevada, he continues to serve as its webmaster.

In 2001, the Northern Nevada Writing Project became sponsors to WritingFix, and for ten years, Corbett created and taught dozens of teacher inservice classes wherein participants studied the elements of effective writing instruction and created lessons and units based on current research and best practices.

The best of those teacher-created resources became part of the WritingFix website, which to this day remains one of the most unique collections of mentor text-inspired writing lessons designed for kindergarten through college instructors.

These days, Corbett spends his time further developing his own classroom website which in the spirit of WritingFix, shares engaging strategies and lessons currently being worked on in Corbett’s actual classroom.

With almost twenty-five years of teaching under his belt, Corbett remains passionate in his belief that writing instruction must always be relevant to students.

Corbett, who is still searching for the perfect writing lesson, proudly shares his best new ideas about writer’s notebooks, vocabulary instruction, and mentor texts at two websites: and

Jerry Pallotta
2014.JPallottaJerry wrote and self-published his first children's book in 1985 when he was 32 years old. Since then he has sold millions of copies of his vividly illustrated stories.

With a goal of writing interesting, fact-filled, fun to read, beautifully illustrated children's books, his love and passion for writing for children is evident in the more than 75 books he has created. Today, Jerry visits more than 150 schools per year, sharing his knowledge and humor.

This year's conference is happy to have Jerry as the Thursday luncheon speaker. He will also be offering breakout sessions on both days of the conference along with book sales and signings as an exhibitor.

For more information on Jerry and his books, visit

Sneed B. Collard III
2014.sCollardMontana author Sneed B. Collard III has written more than sixty-five books for young people. Equipped with a marine biology degree from U.C. Berkeley, Sneed began his career creating innovative children’s science books, ranging from whimsical picture books (Teeth, A Platypus Probably) to in-depth explorations of scientists in action (The Prairie Builders, Science Warriors, Pocket Babies).

More recently, Sneed has explored uniquely Montana subjects in the titles The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale and Shep—Our Most Loyal Dog. In 2006, he received the Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for his body of work.

In addition to his nonfiction, Sneed has written seven acclaimed novels for young people, including the thrillers Double Eagle and Cartwheel, and his tween mysteries The Governor’s Dog is Missing, Hangman’s Gold, and his newest time-travel adventure, Dog 4491.

An award-winning speaker, Sneed travels widely to schools and conferences, giving workshops and presentations on writing, science, and adventure.  He will offer a breakout session on Thursday and will be the Friday Luncheon Speaker.  Sneed will be available in the exhibit hall to sell and sign his many wonderful books throughout the conference

Visit for more on Sneed and his literature.

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