Alphabetical List of Presenters

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MOLLY NESS: began her teaching career as a Teach For America corps member and 6th grade teacher in Oakland, California. She earned a doctorate in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Since 2006, she has been a teacher educator and associate professor at Fordham University. She is the author of three books and multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals. Her research focuses on reading comprehension, teachers’ instructional decisions and beliefs, word study, and matching books to readers. She resides in Westchester County, New York and is a native of Baltimore.

BARB NOVAK: is a literacy consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) where she works collaboratively around standards, instruction, and assessment of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language. Barb is a proud believer in and product of Wisconsin's public schools. She attended public schools from 5K through graduate programs in Hales Corners, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, Oshkosh, and Madison. Before beginning her employment at DPI in 2012, Barb served for ten years as a classroom teacher, interventionist, and literacy coach in public schools in Chilton, Oshkosh, and Menasha.



DAVID O’CONNOR: Consultant, American Indian Studies, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction; Grant Director, Network for Native American Student Achievement; Liaison, Wisconsin Tribal Education programs; Liaison, Special Committee on State Tribal Relations