Magic wand and stars with text: Under our Spell, charming students with the magic of story. Zaharis Literacy Conference 2018, Saturday, March 3

Meet our presenters

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Jennifer A. Nielsen


Northern Utah
Jennifer A. Nielsen

New York Times Bestselling author, Jennifer Nielsen, was born and raised in northern Utah, where she still lives today with her husband, three children, and a dog that won’t play fetch. She is the author of The Ascendance trilogy, beginning with The False Prince; the Mark of the Thief series, and the forthcoming A Night Divided. She loves chocolate, old books, and lazy days in the mountains. [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...]

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Donalyn Miller

Author and teacher

Scholastic Book Fairs
Manager of Independent Reading and Outreach
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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Conference schedule

Saturday, March 3

7:30 a.m. Registration begins
8:30 a.m. Magician Craig Davis
  Welcome - Mike Oliver
8:45 a.m. Keynote - Jennifer A. Nielsen
9:45 a.m. Breakout session 1
10:45 a.m. Keynote - Donalyn Miller

Noon Lunch and Scholastic Book Fair

1 p.m. Breakout session 2
2 p.m. Breakout session 3
3 p.m. Final reflections - Anne Wissinger, Scholastic Book Fairs

Breakout sessions provided by Zaharis teachers

Included in Registration

  • an exclusive bag from Scholastic Book Fairs
  • lunch catered by The Honest Food Project 
  • certificate for 6 re-certification hours
  • free parking

$69 professional

$29 full-time student


Call 480-308-7200.