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43rd Annual Summer Literacy Conference


 Kelly Chandler-OlcottKelly Chandler-Olcott

Kelly Chandler-Olcott is Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Education at Syracuse University. A former high school English and social studies teacher, she now teaches English methods and content literacy courses to secondary and K-12 education majors. With support from the National Science Foundation, the International Reading Association, and the Spencer Foundation, she has published five books and more than 60 chapters and articles, including in such venues as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, Language Arts, and The Reading Teacher. In 2015, she began a six-year appointment as co-editor of Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Amy Huchison

Amy Huchison

Amy Hutchison is an associate professor of literacy and Director of the Literacy Coaching Certificate program at Iowa State University. Her research includes the study of new skills, strategies and dispositions required to read, write, and communicate with digital technology and how to best prepare teachers for the integration of literacy and technology. Dr. Hutchison recently published a book, titled Bridging Technology and Literacy: Developing Digital Reading and Writing Practices in Grades K-6.

Kristy E. PytashKristy E. Pytash

Kristine E. Pytash is an assistant professor in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies   at Kent State University’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services, where she co-directs the secondary Integrated Language Arts teacher preparation program. Dr. Pytash co-edited two books explicitly dealing with reading and writing and technology titled, Using Technology to Enhance Reading and Using Technology to Enhance Writing.

Ebony Elizabeth ThomasEbony Elizabeth Thomas

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Thomas' research focuses on children and adolescent literature and media, the teaching of African American literature, history, and culture in K-12 classrooms, and the roles that race, class, and gender play in classroom discourse and interaction. Among other publications, Dr. Thomas co-edited the book Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era: Theory, Advocacy, Activism

 Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry is an assistant professor at Southern State Connecticut University. Dr. McVerry’s work focuses on the use of digital texts and tools to enhance teaching and learning and has served as the New Literacies editor of the Connecticut Reading Association Journal.

Ian O'Byrne

W. Ian O'Byrne

W. Ian O'Byrne is an assistant professor of Literacy Education at the College of Charleston and has served as the department editor for “Multi-literacies” for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. His research examines the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces. 

Drs. McVerry and O’Byrne have collaborated extensively on such digital projects as #WalkMyWorld, where educators and researchers are able to research, write, and create openly online using digital tools and the development of Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map, which outlines the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing, and participating on the internet. 

Contact Information

Gail Hayenga
Office of External & Global Programs
(815) 753-7134