Kelly Gallagher came to Maine to speak and share his knowledge and ideas with a diverse crowd of educators. His humor, ideas for effective instruction and realistic approach to literacy instruction is supported by research and practice, and you just don't want the guy to stop talking! Its like those special books that you get so emotionally attach to, that you almost grieve when it is over. I think his work is critical if we believe that reading engagement is important. His words, a recipe for critical well read readers and writers; thinkers that connect to their world in ways that allow them to evolve and impact their environments. Reading engagement is something we need to place value upon and make that message clear. I worry about our students who struggle with ideas and have tangled comprehension. It seems to often instruction and "interventions" pull our students further away from their own investment in their own reading.