JCCL Academy

October 9-10, 2018 | University of Northern Iowa

Keynote Speakers


Professor, University of Michigan

Nell K Duke

Nell K. Duke, Ed.D., is a professor of language, literacy, and culture and faculty associate in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Duke received her Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her Masters and Doctoral degrees from Harvard University. 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. She currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator on projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Duke is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award, the Literacy Research Association Early Career Achievement Award, the International Reading Association Dina Feitelson Research Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Promising Researcher Award, and the International Reading Association Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Nell is author and co-author of numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as the books Reading and Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades: Research-Based Practices; Literacy and the Youngest Learner: Best Practices for Educators of Children from Birth to Five; Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills From Birth to 5; and her most recent book, Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K–8 Classrooms. She is also editor of The Research-Informed Classroom book series, co-editor with Ellin Keene of the Not This But That book series, and co-editor of the book Literacy Research Methodologies. Duke teaches preservice, inservice and doctoral courses in literacy education, speaks and consults widely on literacy education, and is an active member of several literacy-related organizations. She has served as author and consultant on a number of educational programs, including Buzz About IT, iOpeners, National Geographic Science K-2 and the DLM Express. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the U.S.

Nell is currently overseeing IRA’s Literacy Research Panel blog, which you can follow here: https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/



Professor emerita, California State University-San Bernadino; Reading Recovery Trainer and Program Director, Saint Mary's College of California

Adria Klein​Adria Klein, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of reading education at CSU San Bernardino where she was the Chair of the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education. A former president of the California Reading Association, she also served on the International Reading Association Board of Directors. She has her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Reading and ESL. Dr. Klein is the co-author of many professional books and articles including Research in Reading Recovery, and many children's books. Her latest books are Whole-Group Reading Instruction and Small-Group Reading Instruction, part of the new PD Essentials Series. As a senior consultant for the non-profit New Teacher Center, she has been the principal investigator for a Hewlett Foundation funded grant on oral language development for PreK - Grade 8. She is the Trainer and Director of the Reading Recovery Center at Saint Mary’s College of California. She works with large urban school districts around the United States as well as on five continents.