Alphabetical List of Presenters

Last Name

SUE MADSEN: Dodgeland School District, Title 1 Coordinator

AMY MCGOVERN:  District Reading Specialist, Wausau School District 

HEIDI ANNE E. MESMER: A former classroom teacher, Dr. Mesmer works extensively with teachers, schools, and young readers, directing numerous school-based initiatives to improve reading instruction. She studies beginning reading instruction and text difficulty and her work has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, The Educational Researcher, Elementary School Journal, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, and other outlets. She is the author of Letter Lessons and First Words: Phonics Foundations that Work (Heinemann, 2019), Tools for Matching Readers to Texts (Guilford, 2008), Reading Interventions in Primary Grades: A Common Sense Guide to RtI (Guilford, 2014), Teaching Skills for Complex Text: Deepening Reading in the Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2016).

CHARITY MEYER: Director of Elementary Education, Greenfield School District

DONALYN MILLER: is an award-winning Texas educator and author of several books on engaging children with reading including The Book Whisperer (Jossey-Bass, 2009). Donalyn is the co-founder of the community blog Nerdy Book Club. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post. Donalyn serves as Scholastic Book Fairs’ Manager of Independent Reading Advocacy.

CORNELIUS MINOR: is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.

LINDSEY MOSES: is an associate professor of literacy education at Arizona State University and an author and consultant. A former elementary teacher, Lindsey works with classroom teachers across the country supporting the implementation of effective literacy instruction. She conducts ongoing classroom-based research on elementary literacy instruction in diverse classroom settings. Lindsey brings her classroom and research experience together to provide practical, research-based instructional ideas for teachers in her books and presentations. Her latest books include What Are the REST of My Kids Doing? Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop, and Supporting English Learners in the Reading Workshop.

KRISTI MRAZ: is a teacher, writer, and consultant. She has co-authored numerous books on the intersection of literacy and social emotional learning, the importance of play, and best practices. When not working with children and their teachers, you can find Kristi with her family, preferably outdoors, definitely with books and snacks on hand. You can learn more about her at

KATHLEEN MUELLER: 2nd Grade Teacher, Hamilton School District