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Speakers arranges for Heinemann authors to present at your school, conference, workshop, or inservice day. Authors provide current research, proven strategies, and engaging staff development on the most important issues in education, teaching, and learning today.

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Nancy Akhavan
Nancy Akhavan is an educational leader and currently principal of Pinedale Elementary School in California's Central Valley. She is passionate about helping all children learn; she spends every spare minute in a classroom working with teachers to provide literacy... more >
Carl Anderson
Carl Anderson is currently an education consultant and writer. He recently worked for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University as a Lead Staff Developer, providing staff development in the teaching of writing for teachers grades K-8. He... more >
Janet Angelillo
Janet Angelillo is a literacy consultant who has worked throughout the US and Canada. She was a senior staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and worked beside teachers in New York City schools and the surrounding suburbs. She has taught... more >
Carol Avery
Carol Avery is a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English and is widely respected for her expertise in language arts teaching and for her advocacy of teachers and children. She is the author of ...And With a Light Touch , a book on teaching... more >
Kylene Beers (Limited availability)
Kylene Beers , a former middle school teacher, assumes a new position as Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University, effective summer 2007. She's the author of When Kids Can't Read/What Teachers... more >
Katherine Bomer
A published poet and essayist, Katherine Bomer is the author of Writing A Life: Teaching Memoir to Sharpen Insight, Shape Meaning, and Triumph Over Tests , and For a Better World: Reading and Writing for Social Action (with Randy Bomer). She began over twenty years ago... more >
Jim Burke
Jim Burke teaches English at Burlingame High School. He is the author of numerous books, including The English Teacher's Companion , Writing Reminders , Tools for Thought , Illuminating Texts: How to Teach Students to Read the World , Reading Reminders , and I Hear... more >
Stephen Cary
Stephen Cary , a second language learner specialist, has worked as a teacher, resource teacher, and administrator. Dr. Cary currently consults in schools throughout the U.S. and abroad and serves as adjunct faculty in the University of San Francisco's teacher... more >
Harvey Daniels
Harvey Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher, and now serves as professor of reading, language, secondary education and interdisciplinary studies at National-Louis University in Chicago. In language arts, Smokey is best known for his work on student book... more >
Patricia A. Edwards
Patricia Edwards is a Professor of Language and Literacy and a Senior Researcher at the National Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at Michigan State University where she just won the Distinguished Faculty Award. She holds a Doctorate in Reading... more >
Mary Ehrenworth
Mary Ehrenworth was for many years an Adjunct Professor of Art History before she turned to teaching writing and content-area literacy. As a teacher and staff developer of writing workshop and humanities, she has taught in every grade from two to twelve. She works as a... more >
Michael P. Ford
Michael P. Ford is the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has spent the past eighteen years working on reading issues and ideas with both preservice and inservice teachers throughout the world. His... more >
David E. Freeman
David E. Freeman is the coauthor or coeditor (with Yvonne S. Freeman) of eight Heinemann books, including: La ensenanza de la lectura y la escritura en espanol y ingles en salones de clases bilingues y de doble inmersion, segunda edición  ... more >
Yvonne S. Freeman
Yvonne S. Freeman is the coauthor or coeditor (with David E. Freeman) of nine Heinemann books, including: La ensenanza de la lectura y la escritura en espanol y ingles en salones de clases bilingues y de doble inmersion, segunda edición... more >
Barry Gilmore
Barry Gilmore presently teaches English and writing classes at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee. He also directs writing seminars and has published poetry and nonfiction articles. He has worked with arts organizations around the country and has also toured... more >
Matt Glover
  Matt Glover is coauthor (with Katie Wood Ray) of Already Ready (2008).An early childhood educator and presenter, he is the principal of Creekside Early Childhood School, which includes preschool, kindergarten and first grade children. As a teacher and... more >
Georgia Heard
Georgia Heard is an internationally known writer, keynote speaker and educational consultant. Thousands of educators and writers have listened to Ms. Heard speak of her passion for poetry and writing. She has keynoted hundreds of conferences and given workshops on... more >
Sharon E. Hill
Sharon Hill has been an educator for many years. For the past four, she has served as a teacher, literacy staff developer, and administrator at The Manhattan New School. She has been a presenter at workshops, summer institutes, and conferences across the United States and... more >
Sara Holbrook
Sara Holbrook is a frequent keynote speaker at state, national and international conferences, in addition to professional development workshops and her extensive work with students all across the country and abroad. Her combined experience as a corporate communications... more >
Mary Howard
  Mary Howard is the author of the Heinemann title  RTI from All Sides.  A “teacher’s teacher,” she's been an educator for almost four decades. Mary combines extensive experiences as a special education, Title I, and... more >
Carol Jago
Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and directs the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She is currently president-elect of the National Council of Teachers of English. Carol served as AP Literature content advisor for... more >
Barbara King-Shaver (doesn't fly in winter months)
Dr. Barbara King-Shaver recently retired after working more than thirty years as a classroom teacher, a supervisor, and an administrator. In addition, Barbara has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University since 1972. ... more >
Penny Kittle
As a professional development coordinator for the Conway, New Hampshire, School District, Penny Kittle acts as a district-wide literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School. Penny is the author of... more >
Lester L. Laminack
Lester L. Laminack is a recently retired professor from the department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. ... more >
Christopher Lee
In 1992, he published Faking It: A Look into the Mind of a Creative Learner , and in 2001, What About Me? Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners (Portsmouth NH: Heinemann, Boynton and Cook). These books draw on Christopher's developmental experiences and his... more >
ReLeah Cossett Lent
ReLeah Cossett Lent , a secondary teacher for over twenty years, spent several years at the University of Central Florida providing statewide literacy staff development. Now a consultant, she focuses on issues of student engagement, adolescent literacy, and censorship in... more >
Michael F. Opitz
Former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, Dr. Michael F. Opitz is a professor of elementary education and reading at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of the following books: Do-able Differentiation (2008, Heinemann), Books and... more >
Katie Wood Ray (Now considering requests for 2011)
After leaving Western Carolina University where she was an Associate Professor of language arts education for eight years, Dr. Katie Ray is now a full time writer and researcher of the teaching of writing. With a particular focus on the study of writing craft, she leads... more >
Regie Routman
Regie Routman is an internationally respected teacher and author who speaks at major educational conferences and conducts full-day workshops for educators. Her current work and focus involves weeklong school residencies where she does daily demonstration teaching in... more >
Michael Salinger
Michael Salinger is an author, performer and educator. He has been performing his poetry for over twenty years and teaching creative writing and performance for the past decade. He feels privileged to have worked with youth and young adults in such far-flung places as... more >
Frank Serafini
Frank is currently an Associate Professor of Literacy Education at Arizona State University. He teaches courses in Children’s Literature and Literacy Instruction. Frank was an elementary school teacher for nine years in Phoenix, AZ, and spent three years as a literacy... more >
Sharon Taberski
Sharon Taberski is a nationally recognized educator, author, and presenter. A teacher for 28 years, Sharon currently works in school districts throughout the country helping teachers set up reading and writing workshops, and think systematically about how to best... more >
Alfred W. Tatum
Alfred Tatum is the author of the Heinemann title Reading for The Life: (Re)Building the Textual Lineage of African American Adolescent Males. Alfred’s textual lineage includes such works as Black Boy , The Autobiography of Malcolm X , and A Narrative of... more >
Marlene Thier
Marlene Thier , a 25-year veteran of the classroom, has been a science materials developer, teacher educator, and internationally recognized leader in the movement to link science and literacy education. She has made presentations on the subject at conferences from... more >
Susan Zimmermann
An internationally-known speaker and workshop leader, Susan Zimmermann is coauthor of educational bestsellers 7 Keys to Comprehension (Susan Zimmermann & Chryse Hutchins, Prima Publishing 2003) and Mosaic of Thought (2007). She co-founded and served as the... more >
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