Echoes of Learning
Zaharis Literacy Conference - March 25, 2017

Echoes of Learning Zaharis Literacy Conference 2017 Sponsored by Mesa Public Schools and Scholastic, Saturday, March 25 Zaharis Elementary School, 9410 East McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ 85207

Meet our presenters

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Pam Muñoz Ryan


2016 Newbery Honor Medal recipient
2018 Hans Christian Andersen Nominee
Pam Muñoz Ryan

Pam Muñoz Ryan, recipient of the 2016 Newbery Honor Medal for her novel ECHO, has written over forty books, including Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi León, Riding Freedom, Paint the Wind, and The Dreamer. She is the author recipient of the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award. Pam is the U.S. representative for the 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award, which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize for Children’s Literature. Other selected honors include the PEN USA Award, the Américas Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and the Orbis Pictus Award. [More...]

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Frank Serafini

Author and illustrator

2014 Distinguished Professor of Children's Literature
Frank Serafini

Dr. Frank Serafini is an award-winning children’s author and illustrator, a landscape photographer, a devoted guitar player and a professor of literacy education and children’s literature at Arizona State University. Frank has recently been awarded the Arbuthnot Award from the International Reading Association as the 2014 Distinguished Professor of Children's Literature. Frank has published many books, including: Reading Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age, Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days, and Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacy. Frank’s Looking Closely series contains books about the desert, garden, pond, rainforest, shore and forest. In 2009, Looking Closely Along the Shore won an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Award, and Honorable Mention from the Society of School Librarians International. [More...]

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Donalyn Miller

Author and teacher

Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach at Scholastic
Donalyn Miller

Donalyn Miller has taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth area and was a finalist for 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn is the founder of the annual #bookaday event and co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership and The Washington Post. [More...]

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Mike Oliver


Zaharis Elementary School
Mike Oliver

Zaharis Elementary School opened her doors to children with a grand vision—to develop the premier school in all of America. A difficult goal to measure? Without a doubt. Our belief was that with a goal so lofty in grandeur, we could never rest on our laurels. And we never have. We want our Soaring Eagles to experience life to the fullest as they develop as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and social scientists. We want them to recognize that it is their democratic responsibility and right to project their learning out in the world where it belongs. Their voices count and are counted upon. They are empowered to live and learn in an environment that is not restricted or reduced in any way. The world truly is their classroom. It is our shared responsibility to help them realize it is their obligation to make it a better place. [More...]

Conference schedule

Saturday, March 25

7:30 a.m. Registration begins
8:30 a.m. Welcome - Mike Oliver
8:45 a.m. Keynote - Pam Muñoz Ryan
9:45 a.m. Breakout session 1
10:45 a.m. Keynote - Donalyn Miller

Noon Lunch and book fair

1 p.m. Keynote - Donalyn Miller
2 p.m. Breakout session 2
3 p.m. General session - Frank Serafini
3:45 p.m. Final thoughts - Dr. Pete Lesar

Breakout sessions include workshops and presentations by Zaharis teachers demonstrating live models of practice with real students in classroom communities of learning.

Registration fees

(includes lunch catered by The Honest Food Project)

Before March 10

$40 professional
$20 full-time student

Beginning March 10

$50 professional
$30 full-time student

Register by March 23

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