Strategies For Encouraging Adolescents to Achieve in the Middle School Literacy Classroom
Presenter: Kristine Shurina, Emily Kirkpatrick

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Join AMLE, NCTE, Kristine Shurina (NCTE's 2016 Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award Winner), and Emily Kirkpatrick (Executive Director of the NCTE) as we check out practical strategies to get students engaged in literacy in any middle grades classroom!

Kristine Shurina
Kristine Shurina is the NCTE 2016 Outstanding Middle Level Educator in English Language Arts award winner. She is also an 8th grade English teacher and teaches middle grades literacy education courses as an adjunct at Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. She earned a master’s degree in teaching secondary English from Fairleigh Dickinson and another master’s degree from Seton Hall University in leadership, management, and policy for education. In 2013 she earned her doctoral degree in literacy education at Rutgers University. She has served as a teacher consultant for the National Writing Project, where she worked with colleagues across New Jersey to design and facilitate professional development in the field of literacy education. Shurina was named 2015-2016 New Jersey Teacher of the Year for Somerset County.
Emily Kirkpatrick
Emily Kirkpatrick is Executive Director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), one of the most influential literacy and education organizations in the United States. The celebrated innovator and organizational leader joined NCTE in November 2015. Kirkpatrick’s business acumen in building organizational strategies; ability to envision benchmark initiatives that link policy, practice, and research; and tenacity in pushing for creative results to hard-to-solve problems position her as one of the most notable thought leaders in the literacy and education space.

She previously served a 17-year tenure at the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), the last 7 years as Vice President and chief innovator, where she provided change leadership to evolve the organization’s mission and strategy. Under her guidance, NCFL created Wonderopolis®, a digitally based learning platform that unites educators, parents, and children around ongoing learning outside the classroom. Wonderopolis® was recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the Best 50 Websites in the World.

A dynamic speaker, leader, and innovator, Kirkpatrick has traveled the world for both work and play, holds board and advisory board positions with three noted education organizations, and also leads literacy education for her most important audience—her three sons.
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