2017 Summer Literature Conference
Michigan Reading Association
Dave Burgess is the New York Times best-selling author
of Teach Like a PIRATE
and co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators.
He received national recognition as recipient of the 2014 BAMMY Award for Secondary
School Teacher of the Year presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.
As an award-winning
teacher from San Diego, California, he was recognized as Teacher of the
Golden Apple recipient, and a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining,
Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students
with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. His dynamic and inspirational message coupled with his outrageously
energetic performance style has transformed classrooms and sparked an educational revolution around the world.
Ruth Culham has written over 40 books and
best-selling resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing
connection for countless educators around the globe. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits and
writing from reading is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion.
Along with new writing projects such as The Writing Thief and Dream Keepers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture,
Ruth conducts professional development for schools and districts, and is a contributor and 2016 Department Editor
for the professional journal Reading Teacher.