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About the Institute

Join us! This inaugural event helps educational
thought leaders address district-wide literacy
Participants will review essential strategies for
high-quality instruction and interactively discuss the keys for
planning, implementation, and sustainability.

Brought to you by ASCD and Scholastic, this event promises to:

  • Explore the connection between district and school leadership with
    effective literacy instruction
  • Target areas for district- or school-wide improvement
  • Connect your leaders with top leaders in school districts across the
    U.S. and with our speakers/facilitators
  • Provide a comprehensive literacy framework to support teachers
    and students
If you are a...
  • State-Level Administrator
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • Curriculum Director
  • Staff Developer
  • Title I Director
  • ELA Supervisor
  • Literacy Coach
  • Principal
  • Teacher Leader
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Speakers & Sessions

Tiffany Anderson has been a public school educator for 22 years. She spent 18 of those years in administrator roles that included superintendent, assistant superintendent, chief academic officer, and principal. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts. In July 2012, Anderson joined the Jennings School District as superintendent and, within her first two years, she led the district from the brink of losing accreditation to exceeding accreditation benchmarks. In 2014, she was recognized for her leadership during the Ferguson unrest. On July 1st, 2016, Anderson became Superintendent of Topeka Unified School District, leading 30 schools and 14,000 students.

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Deborah S. Delisle is the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD. During Delisle's 40-year career, she has served as a teacher, gifted education specialist, curriculum director, elementary school principal, district associate superintendent, and superintendent. She was nominated to her current position by President Obama in January 2012 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 2012. She plays a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting elementary and secondary education for the U.S. Department of Education. Delisle has coordinated and recommended policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies in improving the achievement of elementary and secondary school students.

Prior to her role at the Department of Education, Delisle was a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education with a deep interest in educator performance systems and creating transformative cultures in schools and districts to support educators and students. Prior to that work, Delisle served as Ohio's 35th state superintendent of public instruction from 2008 to 2011.

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Kylene Beers is an award-winning educator and is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the US. She began her teaching career in 1979 in the Alief School District, outside of Houston. Texas. Since then, she has become an internationally-known and respected authority in literacy education. Beers works tirelessly to help parents, teachers, and national policy makers understand how to best help struggling readers.

In 2008-2009, she served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English and in 2011 she received an NCTE Leadership Award. She has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Education Committee, was the editor of the national literacy journal Voices from the Middle, taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, held a reading research position in the Comer School Development Program at Yale University School of Medicine, and has most recently served as the Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Becky Bone has more than 23 years of experience in education, combining her years in the classroom with roles at Scholastic as a National Literacy Consultant, Director of Professional Development and most recently, Director of Literacy. She has consulted with school districts nationwide on K–12 literacy and professional learning initiatives, and has presented at the national conferences of the International Literacy Association, National Council of Teachers of English, ASCD and many others. Becky is a former teacher and curriculum coordinator and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on curriculum and instruction, writing, and children’s and young adult literature. In her new role, Becky will continue to work directly with schools while leading the Scholastic Professional field services team to ensure high-quality implementation.

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame and 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 improving student achievement as well as books, such as Text-Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (with Nancy Frey and Diane Lapp), Checking for Understanding (with Nancy Frey) and Common Core English Langauge Arts in a PLC at Work (with Nancy Frey). He is a board member of the International Reading Association and a past board member of the Literacy Research Association.

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Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She has co-authored several books on literacy, and was a co-recipient (with Doug Fisher) of NCTE’s 2004 Kate and Paul Farmer award for outstanding writing for their article, “Using Graphic Novels, Anime, And The Internet In An Urban High School,” published in The English Journal. In 2008, she received the Early Career Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Frey teaches a variety of courses in school improvement and literacy leadership. Her favorite place to be is Health Sciences High and Middle College, where she learns from teachers and students every day.

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Michael Haggen brings more than 20 years of academic experience, having served as a teacher, principal, chief academic officer and direct report to superintendents in three school districts where his hands-on approach led to significant change, most recently as Deputy Superintendent in East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Under his leadership, 70 percent of East Baton Rouge schools increased their academic performance; in St. Louis, Michael created the Office of Innovation while developing and implementing a turnaround model for 11 schools, which led to the district’s first provisional accreditation in more than a decade; and while serving New Orleans’ Recovery School District, he put systems in place to allow regular improvements to curriculum and the inclusion of learning supports to remove barriers to learning. Michael joins Scholastic to oversee the creation of customized professional learning models for school leadership and to contribute to the development of curriculum.

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Cindy Marten is deeply committed to creating educational conditions and opportunities that enable all children to become actively literate, contributing and participating members of a democratic society who make a positive difference in the world. Her 25 years as an educator include teaching elementary grades as a classroom teacher and later, serving as a school-wide literacy specialist in the Poway Unified School District.

As the San Diego Unified School District’s superintendent, Marten leads the district team and community with a singular focus on student success. She believes that there are no excuses when it comes to providing children with the very best conditions that will enable them to become confident, successful learners who can achieve their dreams. Marten is working with the Board of Education to implement Vision 2020, creating quality schools in every neighborhood throughout the district.

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Ernest Morrell, Ph.D., is past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, a professor of English Education, and director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. For over twenty years Dr. Morrell’s research has focused on drawing upon youth’s interest in popular culture and participatory media technologies to increase motivation and to promote academic literacy development, civic engagement and college access. He is also recognized nationally for developing powerful models of teaching and learning in classrooms and non-school environments and for engaging youth and communities in the project of educational reform. 

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Robert Probst, Ed.D., is an author and consultant to schools nationally and internationally. He speaks to administrators and teachers on literacy improvement, particularly issues surrounding struggling readers and meeting standards. Bob is Professor Emeritus of English Education at Georgia State University and has served as a research fellow for Florida International University. He has served as a member on the Conference on English Board of Directors, an NCTE journal columnist, and a member of the NCTE Commission on Reading. In 2004 he was awarded the NCTE Exemplary Leadership Award presented by the Conference on English Leadership.

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Annie Ward has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Mamaroneck Public Schools in Westchester County, NY since 2004. Prior to that, she was a Local Instructional Superintendent for the New York City Department of Education and the Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the Ridgewood, NJ Public Schools.  A long-time middle school English teacher, Annie’s passion for children’s books was sparked early on by read-alouds (Mom: The Secret Garden; Dad: O Henry short stories; 5th grade teacher Miss Charney: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) and her apprenticeship to Heddie Kent, the wildly charismatic librarian in the children’s room of the Lincoln, MA public library. Annie collects nonfiction books about dogs and unusual animal friendships which captivate striving readers.

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3:00 – 3:30pm
Welcome & Institute Kick-off- Greg Worrell, President, Scholastic Education
3:30 – 5:30pm
Kylene Beers and Robert Probst
The Literate Life: Creating Responsive and Responsible Readers: Best-selling authors Kylene Beers and Robert Probst will discuss the critical importance of developing responsible and responsive readers. In their talk, they present a video of a student-led conversation that offers participants a vision of engaged readers. They’ll set the stage for why our literacy plans must include moves that turn students into independent readers and writers across the curriculum.

4:30-5:30 pm: Team Planning Session
5:30 – 6:30pm
Comprehensive Literacy Classroom Walk-through
Team Group Dinners

7:00 – 7:45am
7:45 – 9:30am
Michael Haggen and Becky Bone
Supporting Literacy Instruction, Planning and Professional Learning: Michael Haggen and Becky Bone will illustrate the power of adopting a rich literacy curriculum and professional learning plan, and the impact on student learning.  Participants will explore the importance of becoming lead learners, unpack and explore key literacy components including frameworks and planning tools for professional learning.

8:30-9:30am: Team Planning Session
9:30 – 9:45am
9:45 – 11:45am
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
FIT Teaching®: An Introduction to the Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®: Best-selling ASCD authors Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey will introduce their FIT Teaching® approach and focus specifically on the planning with purpose component. The discussion of planning, transfer goals, and evidence of learning can help the teams dive into their discussions about data and goals as they relate to their problem of practice.

10:45-11:45am: Team Planning Session
11:45 – 12:00pm
12:00 – 1:00pm:
Lunch & Cindy Marten
What It Means to Be a Literacy Leader:This inspirational Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District can speak to the importance of literacy leadership at all levels – classroom, building, and district –and urge attendees to passionately embrace their roles as literacy leaders and the positive outcomes for all students.
1:00 – 3:30pm
Ernest Morrell
Cultivating Powerful Readers and Writers in Diverse 21st Century Classrooms: A District Leader’s Call to Action: * Author and thought-leader Ernest Morrell will speak to the critical need of responding to the changing demographics in schools while developing appropriate and rich pedagogy that is culturally relevant. 2:00-3:30pm: Team Planning Session
3:30 – 3:45pm
3:45 – 4:45pm
Annie Ward
From Striving to Thriving: Helping All Teachers and Readers Succeed: All readers develop through voluminous, engaged reading. It’s therefore imperative for literacy leaders to ensure that all children have daily access, choice, and time to read compelling books, particularly students who do not have abundant access outside school. This interactive session will arm participants with persuasive research, blueprints for robust classroom libraries, leadership action steps, inspiring case studies, and powerful advocacy strategies to support teachers in giving all readers what they need to thrive.
4:45 – 5:00pm
Wrap Up with Ernie Fleishman
5:00 – 6:00pm
Comprehensive Literacy Classroom Walkthrough (repeat session)

7:00 – 8:00am
8:00 – 10:00am
Deb Delisle
Leading for Tomorrow: Visionary and courageous leaders are needed now more than ever to ensure that students are prepared for their future-not our present.  This session will highlight attributes of successful school leaders and provide a challenge and rationale as to why we need to redefine student success.  By sharing lessons learned from rapidly improving and high achieving schools, Delisle will focus on the culture of schools that leads to supportive teaching and learning environments.

8:30-10:00am: Team Planning Session
10:00 – 11:00am
Team Share Out / Presentations
11:00 – 11:15am
11:15 – 12:15pm
Tiffany Anderson
Transforming Schools for Excellence: Improving Literacy and Instruction in High-Poverty Schools: When Tiffany Anderson became the superintendent of Jennings School District (MO), her first project was to tend to the most basic needs of students and their families. She teamed up with the St. Louis Area Food Bank to open a school-based food pantry for Jennings’ struggling families. More than 90 percent of the district’s students are eligible to receive federal free and reduced-price meals. With its fiscal affairs in order, Anderson turned her attention to the classroom and supporting teachers and students. She will share the action steps that drove sustainable change in her district.
12:15 – 12:20 pm
Closing Remarks with Ernie Fleishman
Hotel & Travel
Hotel Accommodations

Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
1 Market Place
San Diego, CA 92101
Reservations: 619-232-1234

Discounted Literacy Leaders’ Institute Room Rate: $229 per night

Please click on the link below to be directed to the Manchester Grand Hyatt’s
online reservations website to receive our discounted hotel rate:

click here to book Hotel

Networking meals included

Travel Information

The San Diego International Airport – (SAN) is 4 miles (est. 12 min.) from
the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
Taxi fare: Approx. $20
Shared ride shuttle van: Approx. $10

Please keep these important dates/times in mind as you reserve your
hotel room and make your travel reservations. To participate fully, please
make your plans based on the following details:

  • The institute registration will begin at Noon on Thursday, September 22.
  • The Institute General Session will kick-off at 2:00pm this day.
  • The institute will come to a close on Saturday September 24 at 1:00pm.

Please note: Participants are responsible for arranging / paying
for their own lodging and travel reservations.

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Included in Registration Fee:
  • On-Site Literacy Leadership Facilitator assigned to each

  • Built-in Team Planning Sessions (up to 6 hours) to
    collaborate with teams across the nation

  • Literacy Leadership Planner (digital) – organized around
    four key areas of curriculum, pedagogy, data and
    goal-setting, and professional learning culture

  • Two complimentary professional books provided by
    Scholastic and ASCD (total value: $75 per attendee)

  • Free webinar access to Building a Schoolwide
    Independent Reading Culture, developed by ASCD and Scholastic (total value $129 per attendee)

  • Earn 2 credits* from Saint Mary’s College (CA) upon
    successful completion of Institute (per attendee)
    *Before purchasing, please check with your district on what types of credit are accepted. Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College (CA) will provide CEU credits.

  • Networking meals included

* 3-person team: $2,097 (early bird discount $1,950)

* 4-person team: $2,796 (early bird discount $2,600)

* 5-person team: $3,495 (early bird discount $3,250)