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Alan November will speak at the General Session Thursday, April 6, at 8:30 a.m. in the Mary Jane Teall Theatre.
Alan November is recognized internationally as a leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been a director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. As practitioner, designer, and author, Alan has guided schools, government organizations and industry leaders as they plan to improve quality with technology.
November is well known for applying his humor and wit to inspire others to think about applying technology to improve learning. His areas of expertise include information and communication technology, planning across the curriculum, staff development, long-range planning, building learning communities and leadership development. He has delivered keynote presentations and workshops in all fifty states, every province in Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.
November was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Classroom Computer Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was named one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. His writing includes dozens of articles and the best-selling book, Empowering Students with Technology. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.
Max Yoho is a life-long Kansan. Born in 1934, he spent his barefoot summers in Colony, explored the banks of the Missouri River at Atchison, and cruised the streets of Topeka in his 1933 Auburn sedan.
Yoho was soon a father and working full-time as a machinist. He was always a reader and interested in writing, but it was 1958 before he found time to enroll in an evening Freshman Comp class at Washburn University. His Comp teacher recognized his talents, and Max was recruited as Feature Writer for The Review, the student newspaper--entertaining students with his highly personalized views on local, regional and national issues.
Yoho got serious about writing after he became a widower in the late 1980's. He honed his writing skills by writing poetry, essays, memoirs and short stores at "A Table for Eight," a Topeka area writers' group. When singing or speaking in public, Max found an appreciative audience any time he quoted his own writing.
After retiring in 1992, Yoho developed what had started as a short story into his first novel, THE REVIVAL. This humorous work was published in 2001 and won the 2002 J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award of the Kansas Authors Club. Work spread quickly among readers that this coming of age story of eleven-year-old Edwin J. Stamford was side-splitting fun.
Yoho's second novel, TALES FOR COMANCHE COUNTY, 2002, was developed from characters he concocted for a millennium celebration article he'd written for the Topeka Capitol-Journal.
In FELICIA, THESE FISH ARE DELICIOUS, 2004, Yoho served up a feast of poems, essays and short stories. Some work is funny--some starkly serious. This work was chosen as one of "2004 Ten Top Reads" by Nancy Mehl of the Wichita Eagle.
Short stories by Max Yoho include PENUMBRA; SINNING; THE LAST ALLIGATOR IN HOISINGTON; MARTHA; WATER TOWER WORDS; and THE SOUP STRAINER.
Angela Johnson's earliest inspiration came from a fifth grade snoop. She remembers her elementary school teacher reading Harriet the Spy to the class, and the story of Harriet M. Welsh and her beloved notebook stuck. Shortly after, she asked her parents for a diary-and hasn't stopped writing since.
Johnson was born in Tuskegee, Alabama. Although she remembers the fun of her first years in Alabama, she now says that her heart lives in Ohio, with her family. "My family, especially my grandfather and father, are storytellers and those spoken words sit beside me…." She was raised in Windham, Ohio and attended school at Kent State University. After college she worked as a child development worker with Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) in Ravenna, Ohio.
Some of Johnson's earliest works were picture books, like Tell Me a Story, Mama, published in 1989. She continued to write children's books while simultaneously moving to Young Adult novels, where she explored a broader variety of topics. Many times her books revolve around family relationships, those between brothers and sisters or with grandparents and parents. But Johnson's biggest achievement has been using the common relationships to talk about uncommon situations. Her characters have dealt with mental illness, teen pregnancy (from a male point of view), and death; they have also talked about familiar situations, like moving to a new town, figuring out their identities, and trying to survive high school.
Her 1999 book of poems, The Other Side, shows how Johnson easily writes about all sides of life; the poems, about her childhood in Alabama, recall racism and the Vietnam War, as well as dirt roads, boom boxes, and skinny-dipping.
Three of Johnson's books have won the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and one of them (her children's book When I Am Old with You) was named an ALA (American Library Association) Notable Book. She has produced over fifteen novels and now lives in Kent, Ohio, as a freelance writer. In October, 2003, Johnson received a fellowship of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fellowships are given to individuals who "have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits" and grants them $500,000 over five years.
Though she admits she has only recently been able to call herself "a writer," she still gives credit to her early years in high school: "…I wrote punk poetry that went with my razor blade necklace….my writing was personal and angry. I didn't want anyone to like it. I didn't want to be in the school literary magazine, or to be praised for something that I really didn't want understood. Of course, ten years later, I hope that my writing is universal and speaks to everyone who reads it. I still have the necklace, though."
Copies of the author’s books will be available for sale, autographing will take place at 9:30 on Friday in the Exhibit Area.
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