5 Great Conferences for Reading Specialists in 2018

2018 Reading Education Conferences

• National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference
• Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning
• The Neuroscience of Reading Summer Institute
• International Literacy Association Conference
• 69th Annual IDA Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference

Fitting conferences for reading specialists into your teaching schedule could help get your literacy team on the right track for 2018.

Literacy conferences bring educators together to share backpacks full of knowledge on the best practices for helping struggling readers succeed. Reading specialists will learn the trade’s newest tricks for fostering students’ love for books. It’s more important than ever since the RIF reports that 93 million U.S. adults read at or below basic levels! Set your students up for lifelong learning while earning CEUs for license renewal by registering for some of these reading specialist conferences planned in 2018.

1. National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference: Columbus, OH

February 17-20, 2018

Conferring up to 17.5 CEUs, the Reading Recovery Council of North America will kick off its K-6 Literacy Conference in February at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Featuring speakers like Ellin Keene and Pat Cummings, the premier four-day event will have 100+ sessions concentrated in Literacy Coaching, Reading Intervention, and Children’s Literature tracks. RRCNA members pay $475 total for networking with 2,000 colleagues, perusing the Scholastic Booth, attending the Leadership Institute, and more.


2. Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning: New Orleans, LA

February 26-28, 2018

Sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Center for Development & Learning (CDL) will host Plain Talk About Literacy and Learning 2018 in late February at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Priced at $745, the three-day reading education conference welcomes PreK-2 teachers and literacy specialists to share evidence-based strategies for remediating language difficulties. Offering 40 sessions from phonics to creative writing, the event will feature Paul Tough, Bonnie St. John, and Ross Greene as keynote speakers.


3. The Neuroscience of Reading Summer Institute: Cambridge, MA

June 25-28, 2018

Costing $2,195 total, the Neuroscience of Reading Summer Institute is one of the most unique conferences for reading specialists to spend four days learning about brain science at the MIT campus in Cambridge. Limited to cohorts of 40 PreK-12 teachers, the June event will include hands-on workshops and live fMRI imaging to study the neurological structures involved with reading acquisition. Attendees will gain 20 CEUs while learning from two leading neuroscientists, Dr. John Gabrieli and Dr. Joanna Christodoulou.


4. International Literacy Association Conference: Austin, TX

July 20-23, 2018

Centered on the theme “Be a Changemaker,” the International Literacy Association will celebrate Children’s Literature Day this July by holding its 2018 Conference at the Austin Convention Center. Expecting over 5,000 attendees from 50 nations, the four-day reading specialist conference will have sessions for 25 interest groups, including Disabled Readers, Middle School Reading, and Literacy Technology. For the Early Bird rate of $429, ILA members will hear speakers like Peter Johnston, attend the Exhibit Hall, and network at the Sparks Lunch.


5. 69th Annual IDA Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference: Mashantucket, CT

October 24-27, 2018

At the Foxwoods Resort Casino, the International Dyslexia Association will begin its 69th Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference this Fall to discuss the latest strategies for addressing learning disabilities. Sponsored by the Swift School, the four-day conference for reading specialists will attract nearly 2,000 attendees into 100+ sessions on-site or virtually. IDA members pay the Early Bird rate of $499 until September to access the Dyslexia Palooza, Norman Geschwind Memorial Lecture, and Pre-Conference Symposium.


Reading specialist conferences are multi-day events where you’ll meet with fellow teachers from around the globe to handpick diverse workshops within one convenient venue. Conference attendees can benefit from finding new children’s books, learning high-tech reading software, hearing from inspiring master teachers, and traveling to new cities. Renew your creativity and passion for literacy education by penciling the dates of these conferences for reading specialists into your 2018 planner.

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