Featured Speakers

Lighting the Fire: Inspiring Creativity in Teaching and Learning

March 1 & March 2, 2019

DoubleTree Worthington

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2019 Featured Speakers

Friday Morning Keynote: Alfred W. Tatum, Ph.D.

Dr. Tatum is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as Director of the UIC Reading Clinic where he hosts an annual African American Adolescent Male Summer Literacy Institute. Alfred authored the award-winning book Teaching Reading to Black Adolescent Males: Closing the Achievement Gap (2005) and Reading for Their Life: Re(building) the Textual Lineages of African American Adolescent Males (2009). He has authored more than 25 publications on the topics of adolescent literacy, teacher professional development in urban middle schools and high schools, and the literacy development of African American adolescent males, particularly the impact of texts on their lives. He continues to support middle and high school teachers and administrators. Dr. Tatum is active in several professional, national, and international literacy organizations. He began his career as an eighth-grade teacher in Chicago, later becoming a reading specialist. 

Dr. Tatum’s keynote is sponsored by Pearson Education, Inc. 


Friday Luncheon Keynote: Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman (Photo Credit: Karen London)


Marc Tyler Nobleman is the author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which changed history, inspiring the unprecedented, critically acclaimed Hulu documentary Batman & Bill), Boys of Steel: The Creators of SupermanThirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II StoryFairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are RealThe Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra, and Brave Like My Brother. Two of those books take place largely in Cleveland! Marc has been invited to speak at conferences and schools from Thailand to Tanzania. He blogs about adventures in publishing at Noblemania.

Twitter: @MarcTNobleman.




Saturday Morning Keynote: Love, Teach


Love, Teach

LoveTeach teaches middle school English in Houston and blogs about the teaching life at www.loveteachblog.com. Her writing and/or nervous interviews have been featured in the Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, and National Geographic online. She is also a regular contributor to WeAreTeachers as a blogger, and she is currently working on a book with Avery Press for anticipated publication in 2019. She has only cried once under her desk this year; a fact she feels is braggable. 


Saturday Luncheon Keynote: Dave Stuart, Jr.

Dave Stuart, Jr.


Dave Stuart Jr. is a husband, father, and high school teacher in Cedar Springs, MI. He writes about teaching at his blog, DaveStuartJr.com, which is read by over 35,000 colleagues each month. His book, These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most, is an impassioned, practical plea for teachers to do fewer things with greater focus so they and their students can flourish long-term.