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Speaking Topics

  • Making the invisible visible: Teaching the process of meaning making
  • Embracing complexity: Moving toward a problem-based approach to teaching reading
  • Helping students (and ourselves) become critical thinkers & insightful readers
  • Reinventing small-group instruction for the age of the Common Core state standards

Speaker Profile

Vicki Vinton is a literacy consultant and writer who has worked in the New York City public schools and in districts across the country and around the world. Her newest release is Dynamic Teaching for Deeper Reading: Shifting to a Problem-Based Approach. With her fellow literacy consultant Dorothy Barnhouse, she is the author of What Readers Really Do: Teaching the Process of Meaning Making. Her other Heinemann book is The Power of Grammar: Unconventional Approaches to the Conventions of Language, coauthored with Mary Ehrenworth of the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project. Vicki is also the voice behind literacy blog To Make a Prairie (, where she regularly shares resources, new ideas, and work she has done in schools around the country.

Grades: 3–12