Volo, Ill. — July 9, 2007 — Award-winning publishing and media technology company Don Johnston Incorporated will host its 26th annual Technology Reading & Learning Diversity (TRLD) conference in 2008, from Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

The 2008 keynote speaker will be Donald J. Leu, co-director of the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. Leu will explore his contention that effective use of the internet is fundamentally a reading issue, not a technology issue. Additionally, he will address how public policies keep students who need the most help with the new literacies of online reading comprehension from actually receiving it. Leu will also share best practices for developing these new reading skills.

Other featured speakers include the following:
? Sheryl Abshire, administrative coordinator of technology at the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, is the board chair for the Consortium for School Networking.

? Dr. Lynne Anderson-Inman is director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) and director of the Center for Electronic Studying (CES), both in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

? Floyd Braid is the chief learning officer of i3 Training Services Inc., a professional development company that focuses on the evolution of technology tools as they support the curriculum in the classroom.

? Dr. Dave L. Edyburn is an associate professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a past president of the Special Education Technology Special Interest Group (SETSIG) in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as well as a past president of the Technology and Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

? John Fleischman is the director of technology services for the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and is responsible for all of SCOE´s information and educational technology operations.

? Kelly Fonner is an independent consultant on educational and assistive technology and has consulted with various national companies and universities.

? Dr. Mike Hall of DMH Consulting LLC is a former deputy superintendent of Information Technology for the Georgia Department of Education. He has also served as principal of Houston County High School, recognized as the nation´s most advanced school for technology integration across the curriculum during his tenure.

? Ted S. Hasselbring is the William T. Bryan Professor of Special Education Technology at the University of Kentucky. Over the past 20 years, Hasselbring has conducted extensive research on the use of technology for enhancing literacy skills in students with mild disabilities and those who are at risk of academic failure.

? Kirsten Haugen is an experienced educator, author and trainer on educational and assistive technology, and early intervention.

? Sara Kajder is an assistant professor of English Education at Virginia Tech. She received the first National Technology Leadership Fellowship in English/Language Arts and is the author of the Tech Savvy English Classroom (Stenhouse, 2003) and Bringing the Outside In (Stenhouse, 2006).

? Scott Marfilius, an education/assistive technology consultant, assists teams and individuals in assessing assistive technology needs in educational and work place settings.

? Dr. Joy Smiley Zabala is a consultant and professional developer in the area of learning and leadership technology. She is the president of the Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

"TRLD is the only conference of its kind," said Don Johnston, chief executive officer of Don Johnston Incorporated. "The insights and practical applications introduced and shared here are implemented in schools throughout the nation." The TRLD conference will focus on the most current issues and emerging trends of integrating technology into classroom instruction. Presenters will share successful interventions, case studies and strategies that help close the literacy gap among diverse learners.

The TRLD Conference early bird registration opens September 2007. The registration fee covers both exhibitor and general sessions. More information, including hotel accommodations, travel options, exhibiting opportunities and continuing education credits, is available at http://www.trld.com.

About Don Johnston Incorporated
Don Johnston Incorporated is an innovative, award-winning, publishing and media technology company with over 25 years of educational experience. Our products and services help teachers support each student in their optimal learning zone. Don Johnston uses validated education research and brain science in the development of products, tools and professional trainings for more information visit http://www.donjohnston.com.

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