Announcing 2014 OELMA Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stephen L. Layne, Author of Igniting a Passion for Reading
Sponsored by Cengage Learning

Confessions of a Reading Arsonist

OELMA is excited to bring Ohio School Librarians a keynote address that will inspire, invigorate, and continue to ignite a passion for literacy for student lifelong success on Friday, October 24th at our OELMA conference located at Quest Conference Center in Columbus.  Dr. Stephen Layne will be presenting our opening session and will kick-off our conference with the theme of Ohio School Libraries: Taking Charge of Change!

Dr. Stephen L. Layne

About the Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen L. Layne (excerpt from

Dr. Steven L. Layne serves as full time Professor of Literacy Education at Judson University in Elgin, IL. His vast array of experience working at multiple grade levels in the public schools allows him a unique camaraderie with teachers and librarians and his award-winning books for children and young adults add another appealing element to his dynamic presentations. He is a frequent keynote speaker at large conferences and gatherings of literacy educators and librarians throughout the world. In addition, Steve continues to do a few school appearances each year as a guest author and provides inservice for schools throughout the nation.

Steve has been honored with numerous awards for his work as an educator and researcher. In 2001, he received one of the Milken Foundation's National Awards for Teaching Excellence in the amount of $25,000.00. He was also named to the 2001 All-Teacher Team by USA TODAY newspaper and was chosen as the Edwin A. Hoey Award Winner for U. S. Outstanding Teacher at the junior high level by NCTE in 2001. Steve was the 2000 ICARE for Reading Award winner and the 1999 Reading Teacher of the Year in Illinois. In addition, his doctoral dissertation research garnered the Outstanding Researcher Award from Northern Illinois University's College of Education Alumni Council as well as the Winn Research Award given by the State of Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in 1997.

Keynote Address: Confessions of a Reading Arsonist

With his trademark combination of humor and heart, Steven Layne tackles one of the most significant issues in reading instruction today: How to engage reluctant readers. Teaching the skill of reading is viewed by many educators as a major objective; teaching the will of reading is too often an afterthought. Dr. Layne's charismatic blend of anecdotes and practical suggestions for the classroom are sure to fan the flame of literacy into a raging inferno-inspiring teachers as well as their students to keep the bedside lamp on just a little bit later into the night.

You will not want to miss hearing Stephen Layne live and up close at our 2014 OELMA conference! Here is a testimonial from his website:

"Steve is one of the most inspiring and practical speakers I have heard in several years. During his session, time flew by. Steve's love of reading and kids is contagious. I love the way he weaves his books into his presentations in such a seamless fashion. I have used many of his ideas when working with teachers in our district."

Carol Den Otter
Otter Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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