We are excited to announce our first keynote speaker: Vivian Vasquez, Ed.D., a literacy professor, bestselling author, and award-winning educator.
Dr. Vasquez is a Professor of Education at American University. The 2013-2014 academic year marks her 30th year in the field of education. Her research interests are in critical literacy, early literacy and information communication technology. Her publications include nine books and numerous book chapters and articles in refereed journals.
Dr. Vasquez taught pre-school and public school for fourteen years. She has held appointive and elective offices in scholarly organizations including The National Council of Teachers of English, The American Educational Research Association, The International Reading Association and The Whole Language Umbrella.
Dr. Vasquez’ awards include the NCTE Advancement of People of Color Award (2013), the AERA Division B Outstanding Book of the Year Award (2006) and The James N. Britton Award (2005). She was also the first recipient of the AERA Teacher Research SIG Dissertation Award (2004).
Most recently the NCTE Early Childhood Assembly honored Dr. Vasquez with a scholarship in her name – The Vivian Vasquez Teacher Scholarship. Dr. Vasquez is host of the CLIP (critical literacy in practice) Podcast located at clippodcast.com. You can find more regarding her work at vivianvasquez.com.