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Mark McLeod (AMLE Speaker)

Strategies to Motivate All Students

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (CST)

Grades 5-12


More information will be coming soon regarding our 2018 workshop. Below is information about last year’s session.

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Harvey “Smokey” Daniels

Subject Matters, Powerful Content Area Reading

February 14, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (CST)

Grades 5–12 

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Harvey “Smokey” Daniels shares exactly what teachers need to support their students reading nonfiction content closely and strategically to develop their critical thinking skills. Explore best practices that include motivating instruction powered by student collaboration. Come prepared to have your thinking challenged with creative ways to engage students in every discipline while implementing a balanced diet of real-world readings!

Keynote Speaker Bio

Harvey “Smokey” Daniels has been a city and suburban public school teacher and a college professor. He has inspired hundreds of thousands of teachers across the content areas to find lively, vigorous ways to engage kids with content through collaboration and choice. Daniels shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students’ reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers.

As the author or co-author of over 18 books on language, literacy, and school change, Smokey’s best-known titles include:

  • Subjects Matter: Exceeding Standards Through Powerful Content-Area Reading
  • Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms
  • Texts and Lessons for Teaching Literature
  • Upstanders, How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry
  • Comprehension and Collaboration.

He is the 2012 recipient of the Exemplary Leadership award from the National Council of Teachers of English.

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Past Keynote Speakers


Harvey "Smokey" Daniels
"Subject Matters Powerful Content Area Reading

Jack Berckemeyer
"Managing the Madness"
Theme: Improving Student Success

Debbie Silver
"Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8"
Theme: Intrinsic Motivation

Nancy Doda
"Rethinking Rigor"
Theme: Transitioning to the CCSS