American Reading Dream Team® ARCTalks What is Driving You?

ARCTalks 2015 - What is Driving You?

Featured speakers delivered a series of ARCTalks at the Superintendents Summit at American Reading Company Headquarters in King of Prussia, May 6, 2015. Videos are listed in the order of speaker appearance during the event.

Irvin Scott, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

ARCTalk: Empowering Educators to Work the Curve

Dr. Irvin Scott serves as Deputy Director for effective teaching in the educational division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Dr. Scott was Chief Academic Officer of Boston Public Schools, where he earned a national reputation for his leadership in significantly improving student outcomes in Boston, especially among low-income students and students of color... Read More

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Robert Probst, Ph.D.

Educator, Speaker, Author

ARCTalk: Response and Responsibility in Reading Nonfiction

Robert (Bob) Probst is the author of Response and Analysis; coeditor (with Kylene Beers and Linda Rief) of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice; and coauthor (with Beers) of Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Bob began his teaching career as a high school English teacher and then became a supervisor of English for a large district in Maryland... Read More

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Kylene Beers, Ed.D.

Author, Speaker, Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College, Columbia University

ARCTalk: What Matters Most: Critical Components for a Successful Literacy Program

Award-winning educator Dr. Kylene Beers is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice; and Elements of Literature... Read More

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Ron Walker

Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color

ARCTalk: Re-Imagining Schooling for Boys and Young Men of Color: A Case for Setting Powerful Expectations

Ron Walker, the founding Executive Director of the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC), is also the former Associate Director of ATLAS Communities, a comprehensive school reform organization working with more than... Read More

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Stephen Peters, Ed.D.

Motivational Speaker, Educational Leader, Author

ARCTalk: Education Reform: Why can't we get it right?

Over the course of his 32 years in education, Dr. Stephen Peters has been a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and director of secondary education. Most of his experiences have been in schools that made significant growth in short periods of time, resulting in both National and State Blue Ribbon distinction. Learn More

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Angela W. Peters, Ph.D.

Vice Provost, Claflin University/Executive Director The Peters Group

ARCTalk: Underrepresentation of Minorities in STEM; District Leaders' Role in Reversing the Trend

Dr. Angela Peters is Executive Director of The Peters Group Foundation and Vice Provost at Claflin University. She earned her BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University... Learn More

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Jeffrey Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Professor of English at Boise State University, Presenter, Author

ARCTalk: Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys: Lessons on Motivating Boys to Read

Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is an internationally known teacher, author, and presenter. A classroom teacher for 15 years, Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm is currently Professor of English Education at Boise State University. He has been a professor for the past 16 years, achieving the rank of full professor in 2008. He works in local schools as part of... Read More

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Alma Flor Ada, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita University of San Francisco; Award-Winning Author of Children’s Books

ARCTalk: The Component That Must Not Be neglected: The Essential Role of Parents in Education

Dr. Alma Flor Ada is Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco, where she has been a Distinguished Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies in Multicultural Education. She has devoted her life to promoting a pedagogy oriented to... Read More

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F. Isabel Campoy, Lic.

Award-Winning Author of Hispanic Literature, Educational Advocate, National Speaker

ARCTalk: The Stories of History. A Latino Perspective

F. Isabel Campoy has authored numerous children’s books of poetry, theater, stories, biographies, and art. As a researcher she has published extensively, bringing to the curriculum an awareness of the richness of the Hispanic culture. She is an educator specializing in the area of literacy and home/school interaction... Read More

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Nikolai P. Vitti, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools

ARCTalk: Systems to Create a College-Going Culture for ALL

Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti is Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the nation’s 16th largest school district, serving over 127,000 students through a 1.7 billion dollar budget. He started his tenure in November, 2012 with an ambitious 100 Day plan that included numerous community engagement activities such as town hall meetings and sessions with... Read More

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Aqueelah Ellzy

Principal, Memphis Street Academy

ARCTalk: Driving a Cultural Shift Through Responsive Systems Leadership

Aqueelah Ellzy was placed at the helm of Memphis Street Academy Charter School in Philadelphia, PA during the fall of 2013, leading her staff in an effort that resulted in posting one of the largest Pennsylvania School Performance Profile score increases in the greater Philadelphia area. Aqueelah and her team committed to improving the reading performance of all Memphis Street Academy students, attaining a remarkable 96% growth rate for reading and improving their proficiency rates by nearly 10%.

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