Iowa Council of Teachers of English

2015 Annual Fall Conference

Welcome to ICTE’s 2015 Fall Conference

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Thursday’s Keynote Speaker

Stacy Hansen, West Des Moines Speech and Drama stacy headshot

Stacy’s passion for drama was ignited at Exira High School under the caring wings of Ms. Allison Berryhill.   At Iowa State, she was active onstage as well as off in all things theatrical and majored in Theatre/Speech Education. She received her MA in Directing at Chicago’s College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Stacy taught theatre and speech at Clinton High School for eight years. Since 2001, she has served as West Des Moines Valley High School’s Drama Director and IHSSA Director. She is most thankful to be a member of the learning community in the West Des Moines District where the focus is always on the spirit, the success, and the soulful safety of the individual student’s journey into adulthood.

Among her many joys, she places her family at the top. Through the loving support of her husband Derek and the always energy and enthusiasm of her children Lincoln and Scout, she experiences the world anew each day.

Stacy’s greatest professional successes are found in the achievements of her own students who have found their way to Broadway, to Second City, and to fulfilling their life’s journey across the world. The personal relationships that develop among students, teachers,  families, and artists continue to fuel her passion for teaching and directing. This past fall, she was most grateful to be ISU’s Guest Director for SPRING AWAKENING.  Stacy knows for sure something can always be learned from each singular encounter in every moment of life. Her favorite production will always be…the current creation in which she happens to be engaged.

Friday’s Keynote Speakers

Kylene Beers and Robert Probst

kylenebeers  Kylene Beers, Ed.D., is a former middle school teacher who has turned her commitment to adolescent literacy and struggling readers into the major  focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching. She is the author of the best-sellingWhen Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do, co-editor  (with Bob Probst and Linda Rief) of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice, and co-author (with Bob Probst) of Notice and Note:  Strategies for Close Reading. She taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, served as Senior Reading Researcher at the Comer  School Development Program at Yale University, and most recently acted as the Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and  Writing Project at Teachers College.

Kylene has published numerous articles in state and national journals, served as editor of the national literacy journal, Voices from the Middle, and was the 2008-2009 President of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is an invited speaker at state, national, and international conferences and works with teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools across the US. Kylene has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association and was the 2011 recipient of the Conference on English Leadership outstanding leader award.

Robert E. Probst, author of Response and Analysis, is a respected authority on the teaching of literature. Bob’s focus on engagement and literary analysis helps teachersrobertprobst learn the strategies to help readers approach a text with more confidence and greater skill.

Professor Emeritus of English Education at Georgia State University, Bob’s publications  include numerous articles in English Journal, Voices from the Middle, and professional texts including Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice and Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. He presents at national conventions including the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Developers, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He has served NCTE in various leadership roles including the Conference on English Leadership Board of Directors, the Commission on Reading, column editor of the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle, and is the 2007 recipient of the CEL Outstanding Leadership Award.


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