Literacy Leaders' Institute

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About the Institute

At this year's Literacy Leaders' Institute, educational thought leaders addressed district-wide literacy improvement. Participants learned essential strategies for high-quality literacy instruction and took back to their schools a comprehensive literacy framework to support all teachers and students. They networked and made meaningful connections with other practitioners, authors, and nationally renowned experts.

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"A reminder why we are here and how we can impact student motivation and learning." –Assistant Principal, Oklahoma

"The single most powerful institute or conference I've attended in my career." –Superintendent, Kentucky

"The time with my team was invaluable and gave us a renewed plan to approach literacy education at our school." –Director of Curriculum, California

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Tiffany Anderson, a long time Kansas resident, has been a public school educator for 23 years and the majority of that time has been as a superintendent. She has improved achievement and closed achievement gaps for students in poverty in rural, urban and in suburban public school districts. After successfully serving as an assistant superintendent in the 23,000 student Rockwood School District in St. Louis County, Dr. Anderson began her role as the first female and first African American superintendent in Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, a district that served 23 schools in 4 different localities. During her tenure, multiple schools were recognized under the Virginia Governor's Competence to Excellence Award. Dr. Anderson became superintendent in Jennings School District in 2012. Under her tenure, Jennings became a national model of excellence in serving the whole child. On July 1, 2016 Dr. Anderson became the first African American female of Topeka Public Schools, in Topeka, Kansas where the landmark Brown vs. Board case ended legal segregation. Dr. Anderson's recent publications include her book, Transforming Schools for Excellence along with several articles on high performing school cultures published in local and national magazines and newspapers.

Tiffany Anderson

Steve Constantino For over 20 years, author, speaker and leader Dr. Steve Constantino has captivated thousands of teachers, administrators, school board members and business people from the United States and around the world. His keynote presentations and workshops have been featured in local, state, regional, national, and international conferences. His natural gifts as a motivating orator coupled with his knowledge and practical experience make him one of the most sought-after speakers in the fields of family engagement and school and district leadership.

Stephanie Harvey, has spent more than 40 years teaching and learning about reading and writing. An elementary and special education teacher for 15 years, she now works as a staff developer, educational consultant, and author. Harvey works around the world with educators, schools, and districts to implement progressive literacy practices. Her work focuses on comprehension instruction, informational text literacy, and inquiry-based learning. Her books and resources include Strategies That Work, Comprehension and Collaboration, Nonfiction Matters, The Comprehension Toolkit, and the National Geographic Ladders series. Insatiably curious about student thinking, Harvey is a teacher first and foremost and continues to work in schools on a regular basis, savoring any time spent with kids. Her latest book with Annie Ward, From Striving to Thriving, uses detailed formative assessments to craft targeted, personalized instruction that encourages striving students to engage in voluminous reading.

Dr. Susan Szachowicz, former principal of Brockton High School in Brockton Massachusetts, now a Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education, is dedicated to ensuring all students achieve college and career readiness and firmly believes the ideology: “High expectations, high standards—no excuses.” She served students at Brockton High School, a large (4,300 student) comprehensive urban high school for her entire career and describes herself as Brockton High’s greatest cheerleader. Dr. Szachowicz continues to be committed to improving educational opportunities for all students and works with schools and districts across the country. Dr. Szachowicz is a lifelong resident of Brockton and herself graduated from Brockton High School. She then received both her Bachelor’s in History and Sociology and Master’s in History from Bridgewater State College and earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Szachowicz is the author of Transforming Brockton High School: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses, published in 2013 by ICLE.