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Sixth Annual Power of Reading Summit/Fourth Annual Power of Math Summit 2021 Sponsored by Duke Energy and  CenterPoint Energy

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Monday, November 22, 2021/Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Indiana State University

Bayh College of Education/ University Hall

401 N 7th Street

Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Geared for K-3 teachers and coaches.

Reading Summit:

In person registration click here.

Livestream registration click here.  Livestream event schedule may be different from the in-person schedules.  Information will be sent to registrants 2 weeks prior to the events.

Math Summit:

In person registration click here.

Livestream registration click hereLivestream event schedule may be different from the in-person schedules.  Information will be sent to registrants 2 weeks prior to the events.



2021 Reading Summit Presenters are:


Patty McGee

Writing /Author /Educator

Patty McGee is author of Feedback that Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing (Corwin 2017) and has been a national and international literacy consultant. She has worked near and far—in her own home town of Harrington Park and across the world in Abu Dhabi and many places in between.

Her passion and vision is to create learning environments where teachers and students discover their true potential and power through joyful inquiry, study, and collaboration. Her favorite moments are when groups of teachers are working with students together in the classroom. It is truly where the magic happens. 

Patty was honored to receive the Milken Educator Award in 2002. She currently resides in New Jersey.


Wiley Blevins

Phonics / Author / Educator

After obtaining his teaching degree from Bowling Green State University, Wiley moved to Ecuador to teach at an international school. After returning to the United States, he taught in Ohio and Maryland before attending graduate school at Harvard. After graduate school Wiley spent more than 20 years in publishing, where he wrote and edited reading textbooks for elementary schools. His most recent job was as Vice President and Editorial Director at MacMillan/McGraw-Hill in New York City. He also has worked for Scholastic in New York, Open Court in Chicago, and Houghton Mifflin in Boston.

He currently lives in New York City. His advice to kids who want to be writers, “Read a lot. You learn how to create a great story from authors who do it well. Study the techniques they use—the ones you like—then try them out in your writing. Also, tell your stories in your unique way. Try to avoid sentences and phrases you have read before. Don’t hold back. Be brave and break the rules.

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Kim Yaris

Author / Literacy Consultant

Kim Yaris is the founder and executive director of Literacy Builders. Literacy Builders began small, primarily focused on providing school districts in the New York metropolitan area with top-quality professional development.  Over the years, Literacy Builders has our vision and reach has expanded but our mission remains the same: to assist children in becoming proficient readers and writers.

In 2012, Kim partnered with Jan Burkins, founder of Literacyhead, and together they began blogging at Burkins & Yaris.  Their blog attracted a national audience and positioned them as thought leaders in the field of literacy instruction.

Kim and Jan’s first book together, Reading Wellness (Stenouse, 2014), shares field-tested, practical lessons designed to meet the rigorous demands of the Common Core while increasing joy in classrooms.  Their second book, Who’s Doing the Work (Stenhouse, 2016), looks at ways scaffolding may interfere with learning opportunities and offers small but powerful adjustments that positively impact student learning. Currently, we provide a multitude of professional development services–from curriculum writing to classroom coaching–to school districts across the United States.

Kim resides in New York.


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Dr. Frank Serafani


Literacy Education & Children's Literature

Barrett Honors Faculty

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Arizona State University 

Frank has been an elementary classroom teacher, a literacy specialist, an educational consultant, and a professor of literacy education and children’s literature for the past thirty years. During that time, Frank has published ten professional development books with Heinemann, Scholastic, and Teachers College Press. In addition to his academic publishing, Frank has written and illustrated seven children’s picture books, featuring the Looking Closely series with Kids Can Press.

During his tenure as an educator, Frank has garnered numerous awards, including the Distinguished Professor of Children’s Literature from the ILA, Faculty Teaching Awards at both UNLV and ASU, and the Bank Street Best Book Award and the Teachers Choice Award for the Looking Closely books.

In keeping with his goal to be a modern day Renaissance Man, Frank is an avid traveler and reader, a singer and guitar player on the local music scene in Phoenix, a published nature photographer, and a certified sommelier.

He is currently a professor of Literacy Education and Children’s Literature at Arizona State University and the CEO of Southwest Educational Consultants, Inc. He resides in Cave Creek, Arizona.


2021 Math Summit Presenters are:


Graham Fletcher

Graham Fletcher has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, math coach, and currently as a district math specialist.  He graduated from the University of Georgia where he earned his specialist degree in Math Education. Graham’s passion for conceptual understanding through problem-based lessons has led him to present internationally and throughout the United States.  He continues to be an advocate for best practice and a change agent for elementary mathematics.

Graham currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Greg Smedley-Warren

Greg Smedley-Warren, from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been teaching for 15 years where he spent a year teaching fifth grade, two years in second grade and is now in his 10th year in kindergarten which is his passion. His plans are to never leave the classroom as the kids are what drive him to continue his growth as a teacher and person.

Greg received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his ELL certification from David Lipscomb University. At the beginning of his career he spent two summers teaching in Ecuador which only helped to fan the flames of his passion for teaching. He has a monthly broadcast on YouTube called Submission for Smorgie LIVE. He enjoys blogging, creating curriculum and resources for his classroom and conducting professional development sessions to help teachers around the world make their classrooms a more fun, effective and interactive place to teach.


Kristopher Childs

Dr. Kristopher J. Childs, is focused on creating a movement to inspire all who are involved in academic endeavors globally — through promotion, support, and recognition to pursue excellence and academic success.

Faculty, staff, and students have recognized Dr. Childs as a visionary and collaborative leader. He has a student-centered focus and believes in a teamwork approach of achieving common goals and improving student academic success. Previously he has taught in urban public school settings as a mathematics teacher at the secondary level.

Dr. Childs has experience at the K-12 and post-secondary levels in mathematics education both in teaching and leadership positions. His experiences have afforded him the opportunity to gain hands-on practical experiences in a variety of education settings working with diverse student populations.

He resides in Winter Garden, Florida.


Jennifer Bay-Williams

Jennifer M. Bay-Williams is a mathematics teacher educator at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She has written many articles and books related to K–12 mathematics education, including the popular Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally and the related three-book series, Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics.

Bay-Williams is a national leader in mathematics education, having served as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors, secretary and president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), lead writer for the Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics (AMTE, 2017), and a member of the TODOS: Mathematics for ALL Board of Directors. Bay-Williams taught elementary, middle, and high school students in Missouri and in Peru. She currently works in elementary classrooms in the Louisville area, helping teachers and students attain basic fact fluency while also developing strong mathematical identities.

Dr. Bay-Williams lives in Louisville, Kentucky.