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, Ed.D., is the president of the Culham Writing Company
and former Unit Manager of the Assessment Program at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon.
She is the recognized expert in the traits of the writing field and author of many professional resources published by Scholastic,
including ^+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades;
and Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School, winner of the 2011 Teacher's Choice Award.
As a pioneering researcher in this field, Ruth creates and conducts teacher workshops to provide professional development at
local, district, and state levels; at state and national conferences she's a features speaker on teaching writing using the traits.
The highlight of her 19-year teaching career was being named English Teacher of the Year in Montana.
But most recently, she's proudest of authoring Traits Writing, a revolutionary writing program for grades K-8 available from Scholastic.