Reading Week Reimagined | March 8-9, 2019

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The Reading Week Conference has a long history in Northern Nevada. This year, UNR was asked to take responsibility for the conference. We are excited to share our vision of the Reading Week Conference, now a symposium. Our goals are to provide participants with exceptional professionals who will stir their imagination, open up the venue for conversation, and extend the community to all professionals supporting literacy.

Register for Reading Week Reimagined

  • Cost: $150 (Paid after registering via check or credit card)
    • Please make checks out to the UNR Foundation and mail to: University of Nevada, Reno, Diane Barone, Mail Stop 288, Reno, NV 89557.
  • Location: Univeristy of Nevada, Reno
  • Building: William Raggio, Room 2030
  • Time: March 8th: 3:30-7:30PM | March 9th: 8:00AM-4:30PM
  • 1/2 Nevada Recertification Credit Available

Our Speakers

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit, an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education. He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as Visible Learning for Literacy, Building Equity, and Assessment-capable Learners. He can be reached at

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MaryEllen Vogt, Ph.D.

MaryEllen Vogt, Professor Emerita, California State University, Long Beach, holds a doctorate in Language and Literacy, from the University of California, Berkeley. Known nationally and internationally for her school-based literacy research, professional development, and literacy leadership, MaryEllen is author/co-author of 60+ articles and chapters, and 17 professional texts. She is co-creator of SIOP, the only empirically validated instructional model for developing the academic learning of English Learners. SIOP, with worldwide implementation, includes sites in Germany, where MaryEllen was a University of Cologne Visiting Scholar. MaryEllen is a member of California's Reading Hall of Fame, is a recipient of CSULB's Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and is a former President of the California Reading Association and International Literacy Association.

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E.B. Lewis

E.B. Lewis is an award winning illustrator and fine artist, E.B. Lewis has illustrated over seventy books for children, including:

  • New York Times 2016 Best Illustrated Book Award, Kirkus 2016 Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2016 Golden Kite Honor Award, Jabari Asim's Preaching to the Chicken's
  • 2009 winner of the Orbis Picture Award for Hester Bass' The Secret World of Walter Anderson
  • 2004 Caldecott Honor Award Winner, Jacqueline Woodson's Coming on Home Soon
  • 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts Award for Jacqueline Woodson's' The Other Side
  • 1996 ALA Notable Children's Book Award for Alice Schertle's Down the Road
  • ·Five time Coretta Scott King winner, which includes the Award winning Nikki Grimes', Talking About Bessie

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Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal is the illustrator of La Madres Goose, La Princesa and the Pea, and Alma and How She Got Her Name that just won the Pura Belpré award. She paints with acrylics, colored pencils, and graphite on handmade textured paper to create textures and depth in her paintings. In Alma, she includes, "We are everyone that came before us, and at the same time, we are uniquely ourselves." Candlewick Press acquired the book in a seven publisher auction and published it in simultaneous English-and Spanish-language editions.