Alphabetical Listing of Presenters

Last Name 

MARCELLE HADDIX: is a Dean’s Professor and chair of the Reading and Language Arts department in the Syracuse University School of Education, where she is an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice. She is the 2019 President of the Literacy Research Association. She facilitates literacy programs for adolescent and adult communities in Syracuse, including the Writing Our Lives project for urban youth writers and a Black women’s literary club and free library project. Dr. Haddix’s scholarly work is published in Research in the Teaching of English, English Education, Linguistics and Education, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and in her book, Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education: Teachers Like Me, which received the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Also known as The ZenG, Dr. Haddix is also a 200-hour certified registered yoga instructor who specializes in yoga and mindfulness for underrepresented groups and for community-based organizations with strong commitments to maternal health and food justice. Her community engaged approach to yoga, wellness, and healthy living culminates in yoga and writing retreats for women and couples of color, yoga and mindfulness workshops in urban school contexts, and regular yoga classes and sister circles in her community. Follow her at @MarcelleHaddix and @zengangstayoga.

HEIDI HAMILTON: Special Education Teacher, Arrowhead Union High School 

TOWANDA HARRISis the author of "The Right Tools," Towanda Harris has trained teachers throughout the state of Georgia. She brings almost 20 years of professional experience to each of her sessions. Her workshops are engaging and provide teachers with useful tools that allow them to reflect on their current practice. Originally an elementary school teacher, she has served as a literacy coach, adjunct professor, K–12 staff developer, and curriculum writer. Some of her presentations at state and local conferences include, “Welcome to Comprehensionville” (Georgia Reading First Conference 2007), “Change is Not a Four-Letter Word” (Teachers of Atlanta Conference 2017), and “Creating Superhero Writers” (GDOE Summer Literacy Institute 2018). In addition to writing and consulting, Towanda serves as an Instructional Leadership Coordinator for an urban school district in Atlanta, Georgia. She and her husband Aaron have two sons and one daughter. 

GEORGIA HEARD: received her M.F.A. in writing and poetry from Columbia University. She is a founding member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she worked as a lead staff developer in NYC public schools for over 10 years. A frequent speaker at conferences, she also presents school-wide writing workshops and staff development throughout the United States and internationally. She is the author of numerous books on teaching writing including: Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School which was chosen by Instructor Magazine as one of the “12 Books Every Teacher Should Read,” and Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Student Writing about which she was invited to give a TEDX talk: Mapping Your Heart. She also writes books for children. Her titles include Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems, The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems which was a CCBC Choice and Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, and her newest collection Boom! Bellow! Bleat!: Animal Poems for Two Or More Voices about which the NY Times Book Review wrote, “Some of the best pictures books are poems… Heard’s engaging poems are designed to bring readers together.”  twitter: @georgiaheard1JILLIAN HEISE: Library Media Teacher, Kenosha Unified School District; Chair of WSRA’s Children’s Literature Committee 

TROY HICKS: is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University. He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. A former middle school teacher, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro

KATIE HOFFMAN: 7-12 Literacy Coach, Waupun Area School District

LINDSAY HOLLINGSWORTH:  Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin - Platteville