Alphabetical Listing of Presenters

Last Name 

TARA CAUL: Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach, Waupun Area School District

KATHY CHAMPEAU: Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; Author; Consultant; WSRA Legislative Committee Chair

RITA CHEN: Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse 

TYLER COBB: Reading Teacher, St. Dominic Catholic School; WSRA Digital Literacies Committee Member

KATHY COLLINS: works in schools and presents in conferences all over the world to support teachers in developing high-quality, effective literacy instruction in the early childhood settings through middle school. She is the co-author, along with Janine Bempechat of Not This But That: No More Mindless Homework (Heinemann, 2017). She co-authored, with Matt Glover, I Am Reading: Nurture Meaning-Making and Joyful Engagement with Texts (Heinemann, 2015). Kathy’s other books include Reading for Real: Teach Children to Read With Power, Intention, and Joy in K-3 Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2008) and Growing Readers: Units of Study in Primary Classrooms (Stenhouse, 2004). Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and she taught in Brooklyn, New York. Kathy and her family live in Durham, New Hampshire. 

CATHERINE COMPTON-LILLY: is the John C. Hungerpiller Professor at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses in literacy studies and works with local educators.  Her past research followed eight of her former first grade students through high school. In a current study, now in its tenth year, she is exploring the longitudinal school experiences of children from immigrant families. Dr. Compton-Lilly has authored several books and many articles in major educational literacy journals including the Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, and The Journal of Literacy Research. Her interests include examining how time operates as a contextual factor in children’s lives as they progress through school.

TIM COX: Advanced Learning Coordinator, Berlin School District

SUNDAY CUMMINS: is a literacy consultant and author of professional books on assessment-driven instruction with informational sources. She has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Arts Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Sunday’s work in schools includes teaching and learning alongside educators and students as a consultant and researcher with a focus on the power of informational texts to transform students’ thinking. She shares her experiences by presenting at state and national conferences, writing articles for numerous publications, and blogging regularly. You can learn more about her work at