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Award-winning children’s author and literacy expert to speak in Emporia

November 3, 2014

A combination children’s author, speaker, storyteller and musician as well as a noted literacy expert will be the keynote speakers at a conference in Emporia in November.

Matthew Gollub and Dr. Barbara Honchell will be keynote speakers at the 17th annual Kansas Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Conference, to be held Nov. 17 in Emporia State University’s Memorial Union.

Best known for “The Jazz Fly,” Gollub has created 15 picture books which together have garnered 25 national awards and distinctions. As he is a performer and jazz musician, several of his books have accompanying CDs of his performance with background music. Because he is a story-teller who wants to encourage children to read, he published “Techniques for a Dynamic Storytime for K-6th Grades.” Multi-lingual, Gollub has published a number of children’s books in Spanish.

Gollub will speak at lunch, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Honchell has worked with struggling readers through Reading Recovery for more than 20 years. She is actively involved in issues related to the implementation of Reading Recovery. In 2006 she published the edited book titled “Literacy for Diverse Leaners: Finding Common Ground in Today’s Classrooms” along with numerous literacy articles in state, regional, national and international journals. Currently, she is an associate professor of literacy education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Honchell first became in Reading Recovery in 1991 when she trained as a Teacher Leader.

Honchell’s keynote address will be from 8:40 to 9:50 a.m.

Dr. Mary K. Lose will be a featured speaker at the conference. Lose is an associate professor in the department of reading and language arts, and director of the Reading Recovery Center of Michigan at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her article, “A Child’s ‘Response to Intervention’ requires a responsive teacher of reading” was reprinted in two books published in 2010 by the International Reading Association. Lose received the Research Award for the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University in 2010. In 2002, she received an honor named for Reading Recovery’s founder, Marie Clay; Lose was a Fellow of the Marie Clay Literacy Trust, observing teaching and learning in New Zealand Schools. She finds working with teacher leaders, teachers and their students among the most interesting and rewarding work of all.

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. Registrations for the conference are being taken at

For more information about registration for the conference, directions to the conference, or about the Reading Recovery program at ESU, visit or contact the Jones Institute at 620-341-5372, toll free 877-378-5433, or e-mail Dawn Moews at



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