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Seventh Annual Power of Reading Summit/Fifth Annual Power of Math Summit 2022 Sponsored by Duke Energy and  CenterPoint Energy

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Monday, November 21, 2022/Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Indiana State University

Bayh College of Education/ University Hall

401 N 7th Street

Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Geared for K-3 teachers and coaches.


Presenters of 2022 Reading & Math Summits

Reading Summit Presenters are:


Wiley Blevins

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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Mary Dahlgren

Mary Ellis Dahlgren, Ed.D., is president of Tools 4 Reading. She is an experienced educator with over 25 years in the field of education having served as a dyslexia therapist, elementary classroom teacher, international literacy consultant, and author. She is the author of a highly successful phonics tool kit that includes Kid Lips and Phoneme-Grapheme Instructional Cards for elementary, special education, and English language learner teachers. She is also a national trainer for the distinguished teacher curriculum Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS). 

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Jan Hasbrouck

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck is a researcher, educational consultant, and author. She served as Executive Consultant to the Washington State Reading Initiative and as an advisor to the Texas Reading Initiative. Dr. Hasbrouck was a reading specialist and literacy coach for 15 years before teaching at the University of Oregon and later became a professor at Texas A&M University. Her research in areas of reading fluency, reading assessment, coaching, and English Learners has been published in numerous professional books and journals. She is the author and coauthor of several books including "Conquering Dyslexia", "Reading Fluency", "The Reading Coach: A How-to Manual for Success", and "Educators as Physicians", along with several assessment tools.

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Joan Sedita

Joan Sedita, M.Ed. is the founder of Keys to Literacy, a literacy professional development organization working with educators throughout the U.S. Joan has been in the literacy field for over 40 years as a teacher, administrator, and teacher trainer. She has authored multiple literacy professional development programs, including The Key Comprehension Routine, The Key Vocabulary Routine, Keys to Beginning Reading, Keys to Content Writing, Keys to Early Writing, Understanding Dyslexia, and Adolescent Literacy. Beginning in 1975, she worked for 23 years at the Landmark School, a pioneer in the development of literacy intervention programs. As a teacher, principal, and director of the Outreach Teacher Training Program at Landmark, Joan developed expertise, methods, and instructional programs that address the literacy needs of students in grades K-12. Joan was one of the three lead trainers in MA for the Reading First Program and was a LETRS author and trainer. Joan received her M.Ed. in Reading from Harvard University and her B.A. from Boston College.

Presentation Handout: 

Joan Sedita Comprehension Instruction.pdf

Joan Sedita Vocabulary Instructions


Math Summit Presenters are:

Kristen Acosta

Kristen Acosta

Kristen Acosta has been a math educator for over 20 years. She taught TK-8 math as a classroom teacher and a district math coach. As a math coach, Kristen found her calling in supporting other teachers. She has published several articles for nationally-recognized magazines including The Communicator and Edutopia. Additionally, Kristen was nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics. Kristen’s work with math routines such as 3-Act Tasks and Clothesline Math has been featured at Mashable Math, Math Before Breakfast, Edutopia, Debate Math, and Ready Set Growth. She was featured in the California Educator. Kristen continues presenting, nationally and internationally, at various math conferences. Kristen’s latest work has been to author the book “Hanging Math Out to Dry with Elementary Clothesline Math.” Kristen’s true passion is that students as well as teachers realize that math can be innovative, engaging, and purposeful. The best math practices don’t necessarily have to come from a textbook. Math should be about active learning, conversation, and exploration.

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Kristopher Childs

Dr. Kristopher Childs

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


Sue O'Connell

Sue O'Connell

Susan O’Connell has decades of experience supporting teachers in making sense of mathematics and effectively shifting how they teach. As a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, and math coach, Sue knows what it’s like in the classroom and her background is evident throughout her work unpacking best practices in a clear, practical, and upbeat way. Sue is the lead author of the new Math by the Book series, a K-5 resource connecting math and children's literature. She is also the lead author of Math in Practice, a grade-by-grade K-5 professional learning resource. She is also coauthor of the bestselling Putting the Practices Into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, and Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division.  She served as editor of Heinemann’s popular Math Process Standards series and also wrote the bestselling Now I Get It. Sue is a nationally known speaker and education consultant who directs Quality Teacher Development, an organization committed to providing outstanding math professional development for schools and districts across the country.

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Greg Smedley-Warren

Greg Smedley-Warren

Greg Smedley-Warren, from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard, lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been teaching for 15 years; 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.