Reading in the Rockies 2022 – Our Speakers


October 7th – 8th, 2022 at The Hythe Vail

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We are very pleased to announce some our amazing speakers for the 2022 conference!

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Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., CALT-QI, LDT, BCET

Nancy Cushen White, Ed.D., is a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and a member of the UCSF Dyslexia Research Center Team; she has also taught classes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Since 1973, she has used multisensory (multimodal) structured language strategies (structured literacy) to teach students of all ages. She worked for 40 years in San Francisco public schools as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and program consultant in special education curriculum. She piloted a special day class for Twice Exceptional (2e) Students—Intellectually Gifted with Dyslexia, and she taught literacy skills to groups of young adults, ages 19 to 24, for San Francisco Superior Court-Mentor Court Division-as part of a Pre-Trial Diversion Project.

Currently, Dr. Cushen White works as a Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (IDA-CERI #160664), Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor (ALTA-CALT), Board-Certified Educational Therapist (AET), certified Slingerland teacher training course instructor (SLI), and dyslexia consultant in her private practice at the Dyslexia Evaluation & Remediation Clinic. She worked as a Literacy Intervention Consultant and Case Manager for Lexicon Reading Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 2010 until 2020. Nancy was an advisory board member for Parents Education Network (PEN), and an advisor for PENs student- organized, student- led SAFE Voices branch.

A member of the AB 1369 Writing Group (California Department of Education) charged with drafting public school dyslexia guidelines required under the new law, Dr. Cushen White was also recipient of the 2007 Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from The International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the 2014 Etoile DuBard Award of Excellence from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), and the 2016 Lucius Waites Award of Service from the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). She has served as a national IDA board member and as President of its Northern California Branch. She is an IDA representative to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities; editor of the Examiner, IDA’s online newsletter; board member of IMSLEC and the Alliance for Certification and Accreditation; and an advisory board member for IDA’s Northern California Branch.


Dr. Laura Gutermuth Anthony

Laura Gutermuth Anthony, Ph.D. (she/her/s) is a Professor and Director of Research at the Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is also Director of the EF Clinic at the CU Medicine Psychiatry Specialty Clinics and a Licensed Psychologist working at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children’s Hospital of Colorado. Dr. Anthony primarily does CBPR, intervention development, and comparative effectiveness research. For more information about her executive functioning intervention, Unstuck and On Target, please visit unstuckandontarget.com


Dr. Antonio Fierro

Dr. Antonio A. Fierro is the Chief Academic Advisor for Tools 4 Reading where he is able to apply his many years in the classroom and as a literacy expert to helping schools and districts teach reading to every student, regardless of previous experience or native language. Antonio is a former Texas State Teacher of the Year and was a member of the national LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) cohort of literacy consultants led by Dr. Louisa Moats. He also is a visiting professor working with university and college professors throughout Mississippi. Dr. Fierro has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education and has contributed to several literacy curricula focusing on instruction for the English learner. He is a co-author of Kid Lips®, a curriculum that teaches the phonetics of English to young children. His areas of interest include early childhood education, all aspects of phonology, and research that impacts students’ learning of English as a second language. Dr. Fierro has a personal interest in advancing the knowledge base and understanding of dyslexia and other reading disabilities because he has a child living with dyslexia. Antonio currently sits on the board of The Reading League.

Jovan Mays

Jovan Mays is the inaugural and emeritus Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado, a National Poetry Slam Champion, TED speaker and the Youth Voice Coordinator of Aurora Public Schools. Mays has worked with well over one million students through poetry outreach in his program, Your Writing Counts. He is the author of 3 books: Pride, The Great Box Escape, and This Is Your Song. The Pilgrimage, Button Poetry, and Write About Now have published his work. He is a graduate of Chadron State College, where he played football, wrestled, and earned a degree in Secondary History Education.