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 .
Lauren Tarshis is the author of the I Survived series. The books, fast-paced historical fiction for kids in grades 3-5, each focus on a historical disaster from the perspective of a boy who lived to tell the tale. The series has been embraced by kids, and also by parents and teachers, for its popularity among the most reluctant readers.
Lauren is also the author of the critically acclaimed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, a Golden Kite honor book for fiction and Oprah book club pick, and the sequel Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. The books are on many state lists and are often used by schools as part of anti-bully programs.
In addition to writing books, Lauren is an editorial director for language arts at Scholastic, and the editor of Storyworks magazine, an award-winning language arts magazine read by 350,000 children in grades 3-5. She also oversees Scope magazine, a language arts magazine for middle-schoolers.
Lauren has spoken at more than 100 schools and conferences, and is known for her high-energy and highly engaging school presentation that focuses on the writing and research process interwoven with the dramatic story of Lauren’s own struggles with severe reading problems that plagued her through middle school. The presentation is interactive, with students participating in an exciting story creation activity that shows how the elements of fiction — plot, character, setting, tone, and mood — combine to create compelling stories.
Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Education at San Diego State University and a teacherleader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association
Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education.
He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessments for Your Classroom, Better Learning Through Structured Teaching, Enhancing RTI: How to Ensure Success with Effective Classroom Instruction and Intervention and In a Reading State of Mind.