Keynote Speakers - 2017


Dr. Joe Lockavitch

Dr. Joe Lockavitch, a former classroom teacher, school psychologist, university professor, special education director, applied reading researcher, and national radio talk show host, is the author and developer of: The Failure Free Reading Program, Don't Close the Book on Your Not-Yet Readers, Joseph’s Readers Talking Software for Non-Readers, Verbal Master-An Accelerated Vocabulary Program, Like Skills- A  School to Transition Language/Literacy Program and The Test of Lateral Awareness and Directionality and three top ten best selling Kindle eBooks.

Dr. Joe’s research has been published in nine different international and national reading research journals such as the Australian Journal of Learning Disabilities, Special Services in the Schools, The Journal of At-Risk Issues, The Florida Reading Quarterly, Neuropsychological, Neuron and The Journal of Learning Disabilities.

In addition, Dr. Joe’s research is listed in What Works, the National Reading Research Clearinghouse, designated as a “Promising Practice in Reading” by the Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colorado, described as a “Valuable Discovery” by University of Connecticut and was recently cited for developing reading techniques that modified the brain activation of poor readers in a longitudinal study of neuroplasticity by the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Joe is currently the President of Failure Free Reading - an educational publishing, consulting and software development firm housed in Concord, North Carolina. Dr. Lockavitch has trained thousands of teachers across the nation on how to accelerate the vocabulary, expressive fluency and comprehension of our lowest performing students – low income, minority, special needs and English Language Learners. Among his current clients: New York City’s District 75 - the nation’s largest special education school district, Washington DC Public Schools, Baltimore City School, Broward County Florida, Laredo Texas, New Orleans’ Charter Schools and English Language Programs in Michigan.



Tery J. Medina

Tery is a freelance consultant and a veteran educator with 30+ years of experience. She holds an M.A.Ed. degree in Diagnostic Teaching with a minor in Bilingual Education, and an M.A.Ed. in Administration and Supervision with a minor in TESOL. Ms. Medina has a wide range of experience.  She has been a teacher of the Learning Disabled, Gifted, Pre-K, Elementary and Adult ESOL.  As an adjunct instructor, she has taught courses in ESL Methodology, Curriculum Development, Bilingualism, Cross-Cultural Issues, and English.  She has delivered training and technical assistance to numerous State Departments of Education, Community Based Organizations, Local Education Agencies, and other professional groups in the areas of Diversity and Cross-cultural Education, Equal/Equitable Education, The Hispanic Cultures, Human Relations, Special Education, Parental and Community engagement, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is the former Associate Director for the Southeastern Equity Center. She participates in several professional organizations and is involved in advocacy to provide equal and equitable educational opportunities for language minority students and their families.  Tery came to the U.S. as a Cuban refugee.  She has devoted much of her professional life to building bridges across cultural differences towards mutual respect and understanding.



Deborah J. Short, PhD

Dr. Short directs Academic Language Research and Training, a consulting company, and provides professional development on sheltered instruction and academic literacy worldwide. Formerly she was a Division Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington. DC where she co-developed the research-validated SIOPĀ® Model for sheltered instruction. She has directed numerous research studies on English language learners funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education, among others. Her publications include journal articles, the SIOPĀ® Model book series, and several ESL textbook series for National Geographic/Cengage. She taught English as a second language in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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