Welcome to our Friends & Sponsors page!
Our friends are the amazing professionals in the education field that contribute to our different events to shed insight into how to better our classrooms. Our sponsors are those that have contributed in our goal to support teachers in their educational success.
Gravity Goldberg is an educational consultant who works in several districts across the country. She specializes in literacy, special education, curriculum, assessment, and learning with technology. She is co-author of the book, Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Student’s Growth and Independence (Heinemann). Her newest book is called Mindsets and Moves: Strategies that Help Readers Take Charge (Corwin Literacy). Gravity taught in the Literacy Specialist Graduate Program at Teachers College and taught courses on balanced literacy to preservice teachers, where she was awarded the The Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006. As a professor at Iona College she was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award for her interdisciplinary collaborative teaching practices. Some of her most recent publications include Mindfulness and Memoir in a Middle School Classroom (The English Record, Fall 2012), Readers Who Keep Us Up At Night: Moving Away from Deficit Beliefs and Into Positive Action (Heinemann Digital Campus) and a series on literacy coaching for the International Literacy Association.
Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, writer, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He has been a featured storyteller at the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals worldwide. His CD recordings have won numerous national awards, and his retelling of the story THE BARKING MOUSE was a winner of the 2004 International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society. His next two picture books A MANGO IN THE HAND - A STORY TOLD THROUGH PROVERBS, and LA NOCHE BUENA, A CHRISTMAS STORY, were published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, and were both chosen for inclusion in the California Readers recommended book lists for California school libraries.
Dorothy Barnhouse is an independent literacy consultant and staff developer. She works closely with elementary and secondary teachers in New York City public schools--and throughout the country--to elevate student reading, writing, and thinking. A frequent presenter at national conferences, Dorothy is the coauthor of What Readers Really Do with Vicki Vinton. Dorothy received her bachelor's degree in history from Oberlin College and her MFA in writing from Columbia University. Her specialties include the teaching of reading, with an emphasis on close reading of complex texts, and teaching through inquiry. Dorothy's latest book, Readers Front & Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Texts, looks at reading conferences and small-group instruction in a new light, making them more relevant to the standards outlined in the Common Core. Using an instructional method called "stepping up," teachers can build students' abilities as complex thinkers of complex texts while simultaneously nurturing student independence and agency.
Marla Frazee is a beloved author and illustrator of children’s literature who has won two Caldecott Honors for picture book illustrations. Her sons inspired her to write her first book, Roller Coaster, while on a family trip, as they talked continuously about roller coasters! Marla has contributed illustration design to various industries, including advertising companies, educational publishing houses, magazines, toy and game companies, and she even contributed to the design of Happy Meal boxes and characters for the NFL! Marla won the Caldecott Honors for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever and All the World. She has illustrated countless books, including the Clementine Series, The Seven Silly Eaters, and Hush Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures. As both the writer and illustrator, she has published many children’s books, including Santa Claus The World’s Number One Toy Expert, Walk On A Guide for Babies of All Ages, The Boss Baby, and The Farmer and the Clown. She has amassed countless accolades for her work, including School Library Journal’s Best Book of 2011, Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award, and Children’s Literature Council of Southern California’s Excellence in Illustration Award. Recently, she received the 2015 Boston Globe Horn Award for Picture Book.
Multi-percussionist, composer, and improviser Cory Hills thrives on breaking down musical barriers through creative, interdisciplinary projects. He has received degrees from Northwestern University, Queensland Conservatorium, and the University of Kansas, and was awarded a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica. Currently, Hills is an active performer, composer, and recording artist in Los Angeles, as well as a member of the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet (www.lapercussionquartet.com).
An advocate of new music, Hills has individually commissioned and premiered over 85 new works for percussion. He has given solo and chamber recitals across Europe, Australia, The United States, Mexico, and China. These include a featured performance for the International Society of Improvised Music, the Days of New Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova, the Queensland Music Festival, the Ravello Concert Festival, the Venice Art Biennale, four PASIC conventions, the Morelia Percussion Festival, and Festival Mozaic. An advocate for percussion as an artistic discipline, Hills has been the artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park, Conservatorio de Las Rosas, and a fellow at the OMI international artist’s colony.
Percussive Storytelling, a program that brings classical music and storytelling to kids in fun and accessible ways, was launched by Hills while a fellow at Institute Fabrica. The program recently marked its 400th performance, and has reached more than 50,000 children in eight countries. For this work, Hills has been the recipient of numerous arts grants, and was named the 2009 Emerging Artist through the Kansas Arts Commission. The Lost Bicycle, Hills’ debut solo CD of percussive stories, has received four national parenting and creative arts awards (NAPPA Parent’s Awards Gold, Parent’s Choice Award Silver, World Storytelling Honors Award, and a Creative Child preferred choice). In June 2015, The Lost Bicycle was released as a fully illustrated children’s book published by AcutebyDesign. On February 26, 2016, Hills will release his second album of percussive stories called Drum Factory, on Sono Luminus Records.
Katherine Bomer, author of Hidden Gems and Starting with What Students Do Best, is one of the field’s most gifted writers as well as one of its most gifted teachers of writing. In more than two decades of teaching and consulting, she has used her writers’ eye to focus on how craft isn’t just an instructional goal but an instructional tool that allows writers to go grow well beyond the range of most publically available assessments. An internationally known consultant and frequent keynote speaker, Katherine began her consulting career with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In addition to Writing a Life, she is the coauthor of the Heinemann title For a Better World (with Randy Bomer) and delivers on-site PD through Heinemann Professional Development Services. A published poet and essayist, Katherine is also coauthor (with Lucy Calkins) of A Writer’s Shelf. She began over fifteen years ago as a professional developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. A classroom teacher for ten years, she now works with teachers in elementary and middle schools throughout the country. As a frequent speaker at conferences and institutes, she combines a teacher’s practical advice, a writer’s love of language, and a powerful plea for social justice.
Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. Ralph's latest Heinemann books continue this tradition. What a Writer Needs, Second Edition mentors teachers and writers in the elements and craft of writing. Mentor Author, Mentor Texts brings inspiration to teachers and students by sharing Ralph's own writing across numerous genres plus writer's notes that reveal his thinking. Ralph frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; and Breathing In, Breathing Out as well as the author of first hand classroom materials such as Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer’s Notebook,and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.