Are you ready for the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 23-25, 2016? This professional development event is designed for teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, reading specialists, educators trained in Reading Recovery—and anyone else interested in learning more about literacy.

To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up some of the things we’re most looking forward to at this year’s conference. Take a look at our list of must-do’s, and then share your own in the comments!

At the conference…

1. Don’t miss keynote speaker Nell Duke. A reading staple for many, Nell Duke will be sharing research connecting engagement with classroom practices in her keynote session, Emphasizing Engagement: Why Literacy Engagement Is More Important Than Ever and What We Can Do About It. She’s a go-to resource for many literacy-focused educators and advocates, and we’re especially excited to learn more from her about research-based instruction!

Literacy for All speaker Lori Oczkus

Literacy for All Speaker Lori Oczkus

2. Listen to Lori Oczkus. A literacy coach who works with struggling readers, Lori Oczkus gives the real deal about working with students in reading. We’re sponsoring her sessions at Literacy for All and think you’ll love her energy and her easy-to-implement takeaways.

3. Explore social and emotional learning. Students’ emotional and social competencies are directly linked to cognitive development, language skills and mental health. In Mary Ann Buckley’s Friendship Workshop: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning, she’ll talk about how her workshop approach helps integrate this into literacy components, so teachers and educators can help the whole child succeed.

4. Visit the exhibits! How else can you stay up-to-date on all the latest resources available? Exhibits are open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, so stop by between sessions to see what’s new in the field and chat with other teachers while you browse.

(And while you’re there, swing by and see us in booth #31…we’d love to meet you in person to talk about the power of classroom libraries to foster engaged reading!)

5. Discover more about 21st century literacy skills. Kelli Westmoreland’s in-depth session on Tuesday, October 25 will help you bring media and technology into your classroom—so you can easily keep up with the demands of the new literacies and new curriculum. And Kelli usually gives away prizes!

6. Tweet. Are you on Twitter? It’s a fun (virtual) way to network, make new friends and share all you’ve learned with others who share your passion for literacy. Be sure to use hashtag #lfa2016 so other attendees can see what you’re sharing!

And while you’re in Providence….

7. Visit Brown University. For a community of educators, what’s better than visiting an establishment with the reputation and prestige of Brown?

8. Stroll Federal Hill. If you are looking for somewhere to eat after a full day of sessions—or just to get in an evening walkFederal Hill is your place. Close to the convention center, you’ll find Italian, seafood, bakeries and music, all within blocks of each other.

Literacy for All Providence, RI

          Benefit Street’s Mile of History

9. Tour Benefit Street’s Mile of History. Take a trek down Power Street to tour an intense concentration of original Colonial homes. Overlooking the waterfront, these restored houses and establishments will have you itching to share the historical details with your students.

10. Eat! This town has the most amazing food, from lobster to pasta and everything in between. You won’t go hungry.

What are you looking forward to at Literacy for All? Which sessions and speakers are you most excited to learn from? Let us know in the comments!


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