Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Steven L. Layne  profile image

    Dr. Steven L. Layne

    Dr. Steven L. Layne currently serves as Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs in Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, IL.  Author of 28 books including picture books for…

  • Marcus Akuhata-Brown  profile image

    Marcus Akuhata-Brown

    Marcus Akuhata-Brown is a gifted communicator and qualified teacher – he’s an emerging leader and inspiring international speaker with a powerful message!  Marcus motivates and inspires people to hit higher…

  • Dame Wendy Pye  profile image

    Dame Wendy Pye

    Dame Wendy Pye is a tireless champion of children’s literacy – both in New Zealand and around the world. The now 75-year-old started Sunshine Books in 1985 after meeting a…

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    Gavin Bishop

    . Gavin Bishop Ngati Pukeko, Ngati Awa, Ngati Mahuta, Tainui Children’s book author and illustrator Gavin Bishop has won numerous national and international awards for his distinctive ink and watercolour…

  • Dr. Viv Aitken  profile image

    Dr. Viv Aitken

    Dr. Viv Aitken is a Research Associate with the University of Waikato, having worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education from 2003-2013 and in the…

  • Mary Chamberlain  profile image

    Mary Chamberlain

    Mary Chamberlain is a director of Evaluation Associates and a consultant. She is currently working with a number of organisations on education projects. Mary is a leader in curriculum and…

  • Dr. Murray Gadd  profile image

    Dr. Murray Gadd

    Dr. Murray Gadd is an independent literacy consultant who recently completed his PhD on ‘what is critical in the effective teaching of writing ’in year 5-8 classrooms. He works nationally…

  • Mal Keenan  profile image

    Mal Keenan

    K. Mallery Keenan is an English learner resource teacher for Community Consolidated School District 59 in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, and a doctoral candidate at Judson University. Prior to her…