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Christie Cavanaugh

Christie L. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., has been an educator for more than 3 decades, teaching in early childhood settings (including early intervention, early childhood special education, and child care), special education in elementary grades, and higher education as an assistant professor and researcher. She has spent much of her career preparing future teachers and providing ongoing professional development to educators in the areas of language and literacy, with a particular focus on at-risk children and families as well as high-need schools in various contexts. She continues this work currently as an educational consultant working with early childhood programs, schools, districts, and state departments to improve reading instruction, elevate student outcomes, and support schools in their efforts to implement research-based practice, which parallel her research interests. In addition, Christie has maintained involvement in projects through reading research centers and has written and presented nationally. Along with another colleague, she is currently engaged in the development of a streamlined set of reading intervention strategies for classroom teachers to implement.


Louisa C. Moats

Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. After a first job as a neuropsychology technician, she became a teacher of students with learning and reading difficulties, earning her Master’s degree at Peabody College of Vanderbilt. Later, after realizing how much more she needed to know about teaching, she earned a doctorate in Reading and Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Louisa spent the next 15 years as a licensed psychologist, specializing in evaluation and consultation with individuals who experienced reading, writing, and language difficulties. Louisa was the site director of the NICHD Early Interventions Project in Washington, DC, where she was invited to testify to Congress three times on teacher preparation and reading instruction in high poverty schools. She recently concluded 10 years as research advisor and consultant with Sopris Learning. Louisa was a contributing writer of the Common Core State Standards, Foundational Reading Skills for grades K-5. In addition to the LETRS professional development series, her books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for TeachersSpelling: Development, Disability, and Instruction, Straight Talk About Reading (with Susan Hall), and Basic Facts about Dyslexia. Louisa’s awards include the Samuel T. and June L. Orton award from the International Dyslexia Association for outstanding contributions to the field.


Susan B. Neuman

Susan B. Neuman, Ph.D., is a specialist in early literacy development. Her research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction for children who live in poverty. In her role as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Neuman established the Early Reading First program, developed the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act. She has written more than 100 articles, and authored and edited eleven books, including the three volume Handbook of Early Literacy Research (Guilford Press), Changing the Odds for Children at Risk (Teachers College Press, 2009), Educating the Other America (Brookes, 2008), Multimedia and Literacy Development (Taylor & Francis, 2008), and Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital. (Teachers College Press, 2012). Her most recent book is All About Words: Increasing Vocabulary in the Common Core Classroom, Pre-k Through Grade 2 (Teachers College Press, 2013). She received her doctorate from University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.


Timothy Shanahan

Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Founding Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools, serving 437,000 children. He is author or editor of more than 200 publications including the books, Early Childhood Literacy, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, and Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through Third Grade. Professor Shanahan is past president of the International Reading Association, he was a member of the National Reading Panel, and helped write the Common Core State Standards. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007, and is a former first-grade teacher. He is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Center for Development and Learning.




K-2 Reading Conference FAQ

I've never attended a K-2 reading conference. What can I expect on November 23?

The speakers and sessions will provide you with the latest scientific reading research in foundational skills and intervention instruction.  One thing you will receive from the institute is high- quality professional learning that's personally fulfilling. You'll have the opportunity to network with teachers across the state and share your knowledge with your entire school staff.

What is the charge for the conference?

There is no charge for attendees. Attendees must be member of a school district that resides in a Duke Energy county.

What is the charge for lunch?

Attendees will receive a free Lunch provided by Duke Energy.

Who should attend the conference?

Indiana State University and Duke Energy encourages K-2 classroom teachers, reading coaches and school administrators to attend. Two teachers per elementary school may attend and no more than 6 teachers per corporation in order to provide an opportunity for as many corporations as possible to attend.

Will parking be provided?

Yes. Parking is free.

Where will the professional development institute be held?

The institute will be held at:
Indiana State University
Bayh College of Education
University Hall
401 North Seventh Street
Terre Haute, IN  47809



Where is the closest hotel?

The closest hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, located just 4 blocks from the summit site. Ask for the Duke Energy/ISU rate of $119 per night.

Reservations to obtain the Power of Reading Summit rate: