Carla Killough McClafferty

AUTHOR OF BIOGRAPHY-PLUS NONFICTION BOOKS

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Selected Works

Nonfiction Book
An in-depth look at the cutting-edge research on concussions, balanced with the love of the game.
Nonfiction book
COMPUTER GEEKS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD! This book contains the biographies of six men who have changed the way we work, play and socialize by making computers part of our daily lives.
Find out how Mount Vernon gathered experts in the fields of science, history and art to create three figures of George Washington at the ages of 19, 45, and 57.
Imagine the year is 1940 and the Gestapo is searching for you. You are trapped in Marseilles, France, with nowhere else to go. Whispered rumors claim that an American named Varian Fry has arrived with money and visas to help refugees. He is your only hope to escape the Nazis. The true story of Varian Fry, an American Holocaust rescuer.
A unique look at the most famous female scientist of all time.
Read about X-rays-from the days of advertising "x-ray proof underwear" to using X-rays to detect art forgeries.
This book details the Spiritual battle I faced after my son's death and how God brought me through it-and back to Him. A Christian inspirational book for adults.

I WOULD LOVE TO SPEAK AT YOUR SCHOOL OR CONFERENCE!

A FEW POSSIBLE TOPICS


As an experienced speaker, I have provided programing to a wide variety of audiences including:
School visits
Keynote speaker at teacher conferences and luncheons
Teacher professional development workshops (from 1 to 6 hours in length.)
Interactive video conferences (with students or teachers.)
General interest programs for civic organizations and libraries.

Since I write on a wide variety of topics, I can offer many different types of programming all the way from George Washington to writing workshops for students and adults.

I am happy to tailor a presentation to fit your needs. Feel free to contact me for more details.

Below is a list of some of my popular programs:

George Washington: C.S.I. Meets the Biography Channel
Did George Washington really look like his image on the dollar bill? Mount Vernon gathered together a dream team of scientists, historians, and artists to find out. They searched for evidence in portraits and statues of the manóand studied Washingtonís own dentures, hair, clothing and more. I share my original research on the investigation as well as photographs from my book, The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon. Along the way, I share primary source research and how I used it in the book. This program, like the book, weaves together the worlds of language arts, science, history, and art to tell an old story-in a new way.


Concussions and Football: Understanding the Issues
This session will make the issues surrounding concussions in football understandable. It is a balanced look at the love of the game of football with the reality of cutting edge research.
This session is based on my book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Footballís Make-or-Break Moment. Iíll take a look back at the early days of the game and discuss the 1905 football season, a time when football was considered so lethal that many wanted to outlaw the game. It took the actions of President Teddy Roosevelt and a major overhaul of the rules of football to save the game. Today football is facing a different type of crisis: concussions. We will discuss what a concussion is, what it isnít, what the latest medical research reveals about repetitive head injuries and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (the condition found in brains of some NFL players), along with some personal stories of football players.


Computer Geeks Who Changed the World: Tech Titans
In this session, I explore the lives and work of six modern technology giants who have changed the way we live and communicate. Computers once filled an entire room, now they fit in your pocket. Find out who did whatóand how.
This program is based on my book, Tech Titans, by Carla Killough McClafferty. I cover the mega minds of the genius behind Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Bill Gates dreamed one day there would be a computer in every home. Steve Jobs put a computer in our phones. Jeff Bezos turned our computer into a store. Larry Page and Sergey Brin used a computer to put the worldís knowledge at our fingertips. Mark Zuckerberg designed a way to use our computer to stay in touch with friends.
These six men changed the modern world. This session will tell you HOW they did it.


Holocaust Rescuer, American Varian Fry and His Secret Mission
Before there was a fictional James Bond, there was a REAL Varian Fry who lived a double life right under the noses of the Nazis. In 1940, Fry, an American journalist, volunteered to enter war-torn France for one reason: to rescue as many refugees as possible before the Nazis found them. In public Fry ran a relief organizationóbut in private he smuggled people (including Marc Chagall) out of France to safety.
Using historical and family photographs, personal letters, and first person accounts, this session will introduce you to some people caught in Hitlerís vise grip. Iíll cover Adolf Hitlerís slow and steady rise to power and how his rabid anti-Semitism affected the lives of millions of people. We will follow along with Varian Fry as he arrived in Marseilles, pulls together a team of interesting characters, and find out how they saved the lives of more than 2000 peopleóall before Pearl Harbor was bombed. This program is based on my book, In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry.


Marie Curie and Radium: Making Something Out of Nothing
Many know that Marie Curie is a famous female scientist. But what did she do? Based on my book, Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium, this program will allow you to get to know the personal life and work of Marie Curie in a whole new way. Iíll share Curieís own photographs, letters, diaries and books to tell her story of achieving success against all odds. , we will discuss the life and work of the most famous female scientist of all time. Iíll share the consequences of her work while showing images of consumer products that contained radium such as suppositories, bath salt, cigarette holders and many more. This program ties together the fields of science, history, and art.


X-rays: Not Just for Superman Anymore
This program will open up the world of scientific discovery in a unique way. Based on my book, The Head Bone's Connected to the Neck Bone: The Weird, Wacky and Wonderful X-ray, Iíll share the how by Dr. Roentgen learned about these mysterious rays, what X-rays are, and how they work. Along the way, Iíll discuss the how X-rays are used to study art, Egyptian mummies, Titanicís whistle, and the human body. Iíll show X-rays of all sorts of items including a Stradivarius violin, broken bones, frogs, alligators chocolate chip cookies, Barbie dolls, Tonka trucks and more.


Where Ideas Come From: Brainstorming with a Nonfiction Author
In this exciting program, I will interact with the audience to model brainstorming in action. This will show students how to start thinking ďoutside the boxĒ. In this session, I discuss research papers and how to develop an idea that will take it from ordinary to original. I guide the discussion to show students a variety of directions they might use to approach their research. This session will also model the critical thinking skills needed to plan research so that you get the information you need without wasting time and energy.


Close Reading: A Skill Guaranteed to Make Your Life Easier
As a nonfiction author, I use close reading skills every day. In this session Iíll share the secrets of how professionals read research material. Using concrete examples, I will model how you can develop this skill set that will save time and increase your reading comprehension.


How to Write Nonfiction that Wonít Put you to Sleep
In this session, I will teach you how to write creatively about the real world. Iíll share the secrets of how to do research, how to interview, how do decide when to quote and when to paraphrase, and lots more. I will show real life, concrete examples along the way.




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LIST OF PERSONAL APPEARANCES


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2015

January 15, Professional Development Workshop, Victory Baptist School, Sherwood, AR
February 6, Video Conference Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough NJ
February 18, Concordia Christian Day School, Conover, NC
February 25, Miami Holocaust Memorial speaker, Miami Beach, FL
February 26, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL
February 26, Hillel Day School, Miami, FL
April 18, Little Rock Association of Christian Writers conference speaker, North Little Rock, AR
May 1, Arkansas SCBWI writerís intensive speaker, North Little Rock, AR
May 19, Greene Elementary, Webster, TX
June 5, Inducted into the Arkansas Writersí Hall of Fame, with speech, North Little Rock, AT


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2014

January 3, Video Conference, Bucks County Intermediate, Doylestown, PA
March 11, Author Visit Hamburg Middle School, Hamburg, AR
March 14, Video Conference Pine Crest School, Boca Raton, FL
March 17, Video Conference Putnam County Schools, Cookeville, TN
March 18, Video Conference Putnam County Schools, Cookeville, TN
April 2, New England SCBWI guest speaker, Boston, MA
April 3, NSTA speaker, Boston, MA
April 7, Video Conference Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Westland, MI
April 8, Video Conference Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Westland, MI
April 9, Video Conference Wayne-Westland Community Schools, Westland, MI
April 27 Ė May 4, research trip to Mount Vernon, VA
May 6, Author Visit St. Joe High School, St. Joe, AR
May 6, Film Close Reading Video, St. Joe High School, St. Joe, AR
May 6, Bruno-Pyatt High School, Bruno, AR
May 8, Video Conference, Vermont LNV, Montpelier, VT
May 12, Video Conference, Vermont LNV, Montpelier, VT
May 14, Video Conference, Vermont LNV, Montpelier, VT
July 3, radio interview with Anne Nicholson KUAR, Little Rock, AR
September 3, Author Visit, Benton High School, Benton, AR
October 1, Author Visit, Benton High School, Benton, AR
October 6, Arkansas Library Association conference speaker, Hot Springs, AR
December 12, Video Conference, Vermont LNV, Montpelier, VT


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2013

January 8, Video Conference, Ozark Reading Cooperative, Harrison, AR
February 1, Colonial Days, Oklahoma City, OK
February 4, Books A Million book signing, Laredo, TX
February 4, TV interview, Laredo, TX
February 5, Laredo Community College, Laredo, TX
February 5, Texas A & M International University, Laredo, TX
February 5, Keynote speech, exhibit opening, Texas A & M International University, Laredo, TX
February 13, Hurricane Creek Elementary School, Bryant, AR
February 19, Video Conference Teacher Professional Development, Pittsburgh, PA
February 22, Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon, Hot Springs, AR
February 25, 6 hour Teacher Professional Development Workshop, Ozark Reading Cooperative, Harrison, AR
March 4, Video Conference, Yeshiva School, Pittsburg, PA
March 26, Skype with 6th grade, Bright Field Middle School, Bentonville, AR
March 28, Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock, AR
April 6, Baptist Womenís Luncheon, Hot Springs, AR
April 19, Literacy on the Lawn, Arkansas Governorís Mansion, AR Literary Festival, Little Rock, AR
April 20, AR Literary Festival, Little Rock, AR
April 23, Video Conference with Seldovia Public Library, Seldovia, Alaska
April 23, Video Conference with Hollis Public Library, Hollis, Alaska
April 30, Video Conference with Cosby High School, Cosby, TN
May 15, Weiner Middle School, Weiner, AR
June 13, Keynote at Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR
June 14, Teacher Professional Development, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR
June 20, Video Conference, Brockton High School, Brockton, MA
June 24, White County Historical Society, Searcy, AR
June 28, American Library Association book signing, Chicago, IL
July 11, History Day workshop, Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, AR
September 5, Fayetteville Literary Festival, Fayetteville, AR
September 16, presentation at Saline County Library, Benton, AR
November 4, Video Conferences, Holland Elementary, Fort Wayne, IN
November 5, Video Conferences, Holland Elementary, Fort Wayne, IN
November 5, Television interview with Jason Pederson, KATV http:/​/​www.katv.com/​story/​23912229/​concussion-discussion


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2012

February 7 Skype visit with Norfork Middle School
February 16 Saline County Public Library, Benton, AR
February 18 Arkansas State University, Radioactive: Marie Curie Day For Teen Girls, Jonesboro, AR
March 5 C-SPAN recording of my presentation The Many Faces of George Washington, Little Rock, AR
March 14 Batesville Junior High, Batesville, AR
March 28 Benton Book Club, Benton, AR
March 29 Seventh Street Elementary School, Fourth grade, North Little Rock, AR
April 12 Central High School, Little Rock, AR
April 13 Literacy on the Lawn, Arkansas Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, AR
April 14 presentation at Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, AR
April 18 Oshkosh Public Library, Oshkosh, WI
May 2 Bryant High School, Bryant, AR
June 27 Writerís Camp for Kids, University of Central Arkansas, Conway AR
July 16 Webinar, Common Core State Standards, The Principal Center
July 17 Webinar, CCSS and Reading, The Principal Center
July 18 Webinar, CCSS and Writing, The Principal Center
July 19 Webinar, CCSS and History/​Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects, The Principal Center
July 20 Webinar, CCSS and Using NF Books in the Classroom, The Principal Center
July 25 Fox Ridge Retirement Village, North Little Rock, AR
September 17 Tulsa Public School teacher workshop, Tulsa, OK
September 18 Tulsa Public School Media Specialist workshop, Tulsa, OK
September 24 Mt. Carmel Retirement Village, Bryant, AR
September 25 Womenís Event, Trinity Baptist Church, Benton, AR
September 26, Video Conference Notre Dame Elementary School, New Hyde Park, NY
October 5, Video Conference, The Hebrew Academy, Huntington Beach, CA
October 9, Teacher Sorority meeting, Little Rock, AR
October 25, Video Conference, Avon Old Farms School, Avon, CT
November 7, Magnet Cove Schools, 3-7 grades, Magnet Cove, AR
November 15, Arkansas Reading Association, Little Rock, AR
November 20, Guest lecturer creative writing class, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR
December 6, Video Conference, Roosevelt School, 5th grade, Union City, NJ
December 18, radio interview with Neil Haley, Total Education Network, PA
December 19, Kraus Middle School, Clarksville, AR


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2011

February 8 Clinton Presidential Library, professional development teacher workshop, Little Rock, AR
February 15 Laman Library, North Little Rock, AR
February 18 The Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington DC
February 19 National Museum of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD
February 20 Jabberwocky Childrenís Book Store, Fredericksburg, VA
February 21 Mount Vernon Bookstore, Mount Vernon, VA
February 22 public presentation Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA
February 23 Alexandria Academy, Alexandria VA
February 28 Central Arkansas Christian Academy, North Little Rock, AR
March 5 George Washington Ambassador teacher event, Reno, NV
March 10 Central Arkansas Library System, Sanders Branch, Sherwood, AR
March 12 Minnesota History Center, Minneapolis, MN
March 17 Virginia State Reading Association conference, Roanoke, VA
March 19 Colonial Williamsburg, public presentation, Colonial Williamsburg, VA
March 20 Yorktown National Battlefield, public presentation /​ book signing, Yorktown, VA
March 20 book signing, Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, Colonial Williamsburg, VA
April 4 workshop, Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) conference, Hot Springs, AR
April 5 keynote speech at AAIM conference, Hot Springs, AR
April 7 Literacy on the Lawn, Arkansas Governor's Mansion, Little Rock, AR
April 9 presentation at Arkansas Literary Festival, Little Rock, AR
April 14 Miss Selmaís School, Little Rock, AR
April 29 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Arkansas Conference, writing workshop
May 2 Arkansas State Hospital Adolescent School, Little Rock, AR
May 3 Roberts Elementary School, Little Rock, AR
May 13 Woodland School, Fayetteville, AR
June 26 presentation at American Library Association, New Orleans, LA
July 18-19 Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative Plummerville, AR
July 24-25 Arkansas Association of School Librarians Conference, Eureka Springs, AR
October 29 speaker at the American Association of School Librarians, Minneapolis, MN
November 4 keynote luncheon speaker Arkansas Curriculum Conference, Little Rock, AR
November 22 Lakeside High School, Hot Springs, AR
November 28 Lamplighter Montessori School, Cordova, TN
November 29 St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, Memphis, TN
December 1 record audio clip for TeachingBooks.net
December 5 Blytheville Intermediate School, Blytheville, AR


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2010

January 9 SCBWI conference, Syracuse, New York
February 25 Arkansans for Gifted & Talented Education (AGATE) conference
April 7 keynote luncheon speaker for the Friends of the Library, Southern Arkansas University
April 9 Arkansas Literacy Festival, Literacy on the Lawn: Reading at the Arkansas Governorís Mansion
April 19 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) conference
April 29 Author visit Arlington Middle School, Arlington, Tennessee
May 2 Keo Methodist Church, speaker for the Menís Prayer Breakfast, Keo, Arkansas
May 3, Young Author Workshop, Fayetteville Schools, Fayetteville, Arkansas
May 3, presentation at the Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville, Arkansas
May 4 McNair Middle School, Fayetteville, Arkansas
May 5 Holt Middle School, Fayetteville, Arkansas
May 20 Ozarks Unlimited Resources Educational Services Cooperative, Researching and Writing Nonfiction Workshop, 130 students, Harrison, Arkansas
June 25 book signing at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C.
June 28 keynote luncheon speaker for the American Association of School Librarians, American Library Association, Washington D.C.
October 5 Tennessee Association for School Librarians (TASL), Murfreesboro, Tennessee
November 13 Little Rock Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
November 17 reception speaker at the Arkansas Reading Association, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 18 conference speaker at the Arkansas Reading Association, Little Rock, Arkansas


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2009

January 13 Miami Holocaust Museum, Holocaust Education Week
January 15 Oak Grove High School
January 28 radio interview with Sam Greenfield, radio talk show host, New York City
January 28 Ridgewood Public Library, Ridgewood, New Jersey
March 3 Central Arkansas Library System, teacher event
April 17 Guest Reader for children at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion
April 18 Arkansas Literacy Festival
April 19 Live radio interview with John Rothmann, radio talk show, San Francisco
April 20 Arkansas Association of Instructional Media conference
April 30 Northwood Middle School
May 9 panel and luncheon for Arkansas Women's Forum
May 21 Robinson High School
June 4 author visit at Saint Expuery High School, Marseille, France
June 4 presentation at the American Consulate, Marseille, France
June 5 panel at Varian Fry conference, Marseille, France
July 1 Literacy Lab, Harding University
July 12 panel presentation with other nonfiction authors at the American Library Association Conference, Chicago
September 8 Clarksville High School, Clarksville Jr. High School
September 14 Lion's Club, Little Rock
September 22 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, book shop
October 16-17 SCBWI conference, Southern Breeze region, Birmingham, Alabama
November 3 North Pulaski High School
November 14 SCBWI conference, College Station, Texas
November 19, 20 Berryville Schools, Green Forrest Schools


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2008

March 6 presentation for lay chaplains, LR, AR
March 14 school visit, Victory Baptist School, 4-6 grades
April 17 school visit, Pulaski Academy, 3-4 grades
April 21 presentation for Arkansas Asso. Instructional Media (AAIM)
May 4 presentation, Books in Bloom Festival, Eureka Springs, AR
June 11 Harding University, Teachers As Writers Conference
July 9 Harding University, Literacy Lab guest author
September 8 Harding University, class guest speaker
September 18 Central Arkansas Library System, Perma-Bound workshop
September 25 school visit, Victory Baptist School, 4-6 grades
October 3-4 presentations at the IRA, Missouri conference, Springfield, MO
October 6 telephone interview with Suzanne Lieurance/​Working Writer
October 11 Book Launch, Central Arkansas Library System, Terry Branch, 11:00 to 12:30
October 21 presentations for students, FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES, and keynote speaker at the New Teacher Reception, Shelby-Memphis Council Teachers of English, Memphis, TN
November 5 England Elementary School
Podcast interview with Suzanne Lieurance, Book Bites
November 8 book signing, Books-A-Million, North Little Rock, AR
November 13 keynote speaker Arkansas Science Teachers Association
November 14 Arkansas Education Association conference
November 20-21 presentation Arkansas IRA conference, authors coffee
November 25 Gibbs Magnet Elementary School


PERSONAL APPEARANCES IN 2007

January 29, guest speaker at the Creative Writing for Children class, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas
February 22, school visit, 4th and 5th grades, The Cathedral School, Little Rock, Arkansas
March 9, writing about science workshop, Professional Day, Catholic Diocese, Little Rock, Arkansas
April 12, speaker at the Arkansas branch of the American Society of Radiologic Technologist, Little Rock, Arkansas
April 13-14, Arkansas Spring Conference, Society of Childrenís Book Writers and Illustrators, Conway, Arkansas
April 23, speaker at the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM), Hot Springs, Arkansas
May 15, honored at the International Reading Association (IRA) Young Adult Award Luncheon, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium named as the winner of the IRA Childrenís Book Award, intermediate nonfiction category
August 3-6, speaker at the Society of Childrenís Book Writers and Illustrators Conference annual national conference, Los Angeles, California
September 25, keynote luncheon speaker at the Jonesboro Celebration of Hope, Jonesboro, Arkansas
September 24-28, author visits at various local schools in Jonesboro, Arkansas
November 15, speaker, Southwest Regional International Reading Association Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas
November 16-18, National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium will be recognized as an Orbis Pictus Honor Book, New York, New York