Past speakers and events include:

 

  • Dr. Janet Holt, "Educational Policy Issues Related to College Readiness"
  • Dr. Sonya Armstrong, "The Past, Present, and Future of Professional Development and Credentialing for College Reading Educators"
  • Dr. Laura Ruth Johnson & Elizabeth Hoffman, "The Use of Community-Based Research and Civic Engagement as Preparation for College: The Sustainable Democracy and Portfolio Assessment Projects"
  • Dr. Jessica Zacher Pandya, "Overtested: How High-Stakes Accountability Fails English Language Learners."
  • Dr. John Sabatini of Educational Testing Services, "Assessment Development Related to the Common Core State Standards"
  • Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, "Pushing Past the Achievement Gap."
  • Dr. Nolan Cabrera, "The State v. Ethnic Studies: Bearing witness in Tucson, Arizona
  • Dr. James Pellegrino, "Promises & Pitfalls in the Drive Toward Common State Standards and Common Assessments: The Good, The Bad, and The Possibly Ugly."
  • Literacy in the Middle: Strategies for Supporting Young Adolescents' Literacy.  A workshop presented by CISLL and CEA, Featuring Dr. William Brozo (Keynote)
  • Sonya Armstrong, Northern Illinois University, "Welcome to College, Now Learn to Read: Navigating the Transition to Postsecondary Academic Literacies"
  • Steven Yussen, "Practices of Effective Adult Book Groups"
  • Second Annual Faculty Poster Session
  • "Why do Girls Read Better than Boys? Critical, Political, and Theoretical Perspectives"
  • Sandra Cisneros, Acclaimed writer and recipient of numerous awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
  • Catherine Snow, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • “The Many Colors of Literacy: An Exploration of the Adolescent Experience,” was a poster session sponsored by the CISLL and the Latino Resource Center (LRC). High school and undergraduate students presented posters on their experiences with literacy learning. The posters depicted the students as researchers in their own educational history and will served to teach NIU faculty and staff about what the students view as best methods for teaching literacy. View photos from this event on our facebook page.
  • Ernest Morrell, Associate Professor of Urban Schooling and Associate Director of Youth Research at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA. Dr. Morrell’s work focuses on helping educators to envision and to enact critical pedagogies of popular culture aimed at improving literacy development among adolescents. 
  • Mark Shinn, National Louis University: Curriculum-Based Measurement and RtI. 
  • Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago: Disciplinary Literacy: Teaching the Literacy of History, Chemistry, & Mathematics.
  • Eduardo Vidal-Abarca, University of Valencia-Spain: Read & Answer: A Tool to Capture Online Reading Behavior in Comprehension and Learning from Text.
  • Susan R. Goldman, University of Illinois at Chicago: Literacy in the 21st Century: Challenges for Research and Practice.
  • Arthur C. Graesser, University of Memphis: Learning with Conversational Agents on Computers: Cognition, Emotion, and Metacognition.