Alphabetical Listing of Presenters

Last Name 
Matt Glover 
J. Richard Gentry, PhD 

RACHAEL GABRIEL: Board member, International Literacy Association; Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Director of the Reading/Language Arts Center, University of Connecticut; Author; Serves on the Editorial Boards of six journals focused on literacy, education research, and education policy She is author of more than forty refereed articles, and author or editor of five books for literacy teachers, leaders and education researchers. Rachael serves on the editorial boards of six journals focused on literacy, education research and education policy, and on the board of the International Literacy Association. In addition to experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist, Rachael holds graduate certificates in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy instruction, assessment, leadership, and research.

RICHARD GENTRY: is an internationally acclaimed author, researcher, and educational consultant known for his groundbreaking work in education on topics such as early literacy; best-practices for reading, writing, and spelling; and dyslexia. In addition to authoring 17 books, 2 textbook series, and numerous journal and magazine articles, he blogs for the prestigious Psychology Today magazine offering commentary on a range of topics including education and policy, reading and the brain, baby/toddler reading, and educational standards. Dr. Gentry received a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a PhD from the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Mobile, Alabama.

Dr. Margarita Gómez is an assistant professor of literacy education at Loyola University Maryland where she teaches courses in processes and acquisition of literacy and in assessment and instruction of literacy. Her research aims to better understand how classroom contexts play a critical role for culturally and linguistically diverse learners’ writing development. Margarita earned her doctoral degree in Language, Learning, and Literacy from Boston College, and previously taught in elementary bilingual school context in California and an inclusion classroom in New York. Dr. Gómez has several publications on writing development, and effective pedagogical practices that support culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Her scholarship includes book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, which can be found in Reading Research Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Literacy and Social Responsibility, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, Middle Grades Research Journal, Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, and Writing & Pedagogy. 

MATT GLOVER:  has been a teacher, principal, and consultant for over 30 years. His newest book is Craft and Process Studies: Units that Provide Writers with Choice of Genre. He is the coauthor with Kathy Collins of I Am Reading, the author of Engaging Young Writers, coauthor with Mary Alice Berry of Projecting Possibilities for Writers, and coauthor with Katie Wood Ray of Already Ready and Watch Katie and Matt…Sit Down and Teach Up, a video enhance ebook that combines video and text to examine conferring with young writers. Along with Ellin Keene, Matt is the coeditor of The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. A nationally known literacy consultant, Matt frequently speaks on topics related to nurturing writers, early reading, and supporting children’s intellectual development.

GRAVITY GOLDBERG: is the author of several books including Teach Like Yourself, Mindsets and Moves, What Do I Teach Readers Tomorrow, and Conferring with Readers. She spends most of her days leading workshops, coaching teachers, and admiring the learners all around her. Gravity leads a consulting group in the NY/NJ area and supports districts and schools in taking on a balanced approach to literacy learning.

MARY ELLEN GRAF: Implementation and Training Specialist,

PEG GRAFWALLNER: Author of Professional Books; Instructional Coach/Reading Specialist, Milwaukee Public Schools