Douglas Fisher is the professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University, a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College, and has also been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of the ILA William S. Gray Citation of Merit, an Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award.
He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as Visible Learning for Literacy (Corwin, 2016), Rigorous Reading (Corwin, 2013), and Text Complexity (2nd ed.; International Literacy Association copublished with Corwin, 2016).
Fisher will serve as President of the ILA Board of Directors in 2017–2018.

Ralph Fletch is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers around the U.S. and abroad, helping them find wiser ways of teaching writing.


Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. Duke received her doctoral degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as a member of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel. She is the recipient of the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association and the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award, as well as awards from the National Reading Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the International Reading Association.  She serves as a consultant for a number of education and policy organizations. She has also served as author and consultant on a number of educational programs, including Information in Action, Buzz About IT, iOpeners, National Geographic Science K-2, and the DLM Express, and speaks widely on literacy education.

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of In her role as a classroom teacher in general education and integrated co-teaching settings, she used iPads one to one with her students while aligning her instruction to the Common Core State Standards. Monica has presented to teachers, administrators and tech enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, and EduTECH. She is a webinar host for SimpleK12 and a regular contributor to Edutopia and Channel One News. Monica is the author of Deeper Learning with QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom available from Corwin Publishing in March 2016.
Monica visits school across the country to work with PreK-12 teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible. She also provides support to organizations using technology to reach children and families in need. Monica is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hunter College, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Global Education Leadership at Lamar University.

Jordan Sonnenblick
Jordan Sonnenblick always wanted to be a writer, so one day in 2003 he started the book that became Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. It was published in 2005 to great acclaim, and was named to several Best of 2005 lists. It was also chosen to be part of the “Go the Distance” literacy initiative, which is a collaboration between Muhammad Ali and Scholastic. Its sequel, After Ever After, was published in 2010 to many accolades. In addition to also writing the critically acclaimed teen novels Notes from the Midnight Driver and Zen and the Art of Faking It, Jordan has written three titles for younger children: Dodger and Me, Dodger for President, and Dodger for Sale. Jordan lives in Bethlehem, PA with the most supportive wife and lovable children he could ever imagine. For more information, visit his website at