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Feb 2018


Hyatt Regency - Columbus 350 North High Street Columbus , Ohio 43215
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National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference






$410 - $495


Event Overview:

Teachers, reading specialists, school administrators, literacy coaches, pre-service educators and others who are interested in early literacy education are invited to attend. 

Over 115 sessions, led by nationally respected literacy experts, are offered focusing on all aspects of K-6 literacy including; comprehension, struggling readers, writing, building on students’ strengths, Common Core State Standards, RTI, non-fiction, ELL, assessments, parental involvement, literacy coaching, Reading Recovery, children’s literature, administration, and much more. 

About RRCNA:

The Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc. is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, advocates, and partners.

The Council provides a network of opportunities for leadership and professional development and is an advocate for Reading Recovery throughout North America. Membership is open to anyone interested in Reading Recovery and early literacy.


Feb 17   

8:00 am – 7:00 pm Conference Registration Center Open—Third Floor Regency Foyer

9:00 am – 3:30 pm Preconference & Leadership Institutes—Hyatt Regency

3:00 pm – 6:30 pm Exhibits Grand Opening and Reception—Battelle Hall South

Feb 18   

7:30 am – 5:30 pm Conference Registration Center Open—Third Floor Regency Foyer

 8:00 am – 5:30 pm Exhibits Open—Battelle Hall South

9:00 am – 9:45 am First-Time Attendee Orientation—See page 10

10:00 am – Noon Conference Opening Session—Battelle Hall North KEYNOTE ADDRESS by MARY FRIED

Noon – 1:30 pm Box Lunch—Battelle Hall South Site Coordinator and Descubriendo la Lectura Lunch Meetings—See page 10

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

Feb 19   

7:30 am – 4:00 pm Conference Registration Center Open—Third Floor Regency Foyer

8:00 am – 4:30 pm Exhibits Open—Battelle Hall South

8:30 am – 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions

10:30 am – 11:45 am General Session—Battelle Hall North Excellence in Literacy Leadership Award Presented by the Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders KEYNOTE ADDRESS by ELLIN KEENE Book Signing Immediately Following

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Administrator Luncheon (purchased ticket required; see page 9) Box Lunch—Battelle Hall South

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm RRCNA Annual Membership Meeting/Reception 5:00 pm Shopping Trip sponsored by Experience Columbus

Feb 20   

8:00 am – Noon Conference Registration Center Open—Third Floor Regency Foyer

8:30 am – 10:00 am Concurrent Sessions

10:30 am – 11:45 am General Session—Battelle Hall North KEYNOTE ADDRESS by PAT CUMMINGS Book Signing Immediately Following

11:45 am Conference Adjourns

Keynote Speakers

Mary Fried

Mary Fried is a nationally known champion of young, struggling readers and is currently an educator and trainer of Reading Recovery at The Ohio State University. She was trained by Marie Clay and Barbara Watson as part of the original pilot study of Reading Recovery in 1984-1985, and has since been actively engaged in teaching, presenting, conducting research, and writing about Reading Recovery and the power of early intervention. Since 2007, Mary has taught and helped develop Literacy Lessons™ as an intervention for specialist teachers working with children in special education and ESL. This development was guided by the work of Marie Clay and is now impacting a wider range of literacy learners with identified special needs.

Ellin Keene

Ellin Keene, author of Mosaic of Thought: The Power of Comprehension Strategy Instruction, has been a classroom teacher, staff developer, and adjunct professor of reading and writing.  She currently works with schools and districts throughout the country and abroad. For 16 years, she directed staff development initiatives at the Denver-based Public Education & Business Coalition. She served as deputy director and director of literacy and staff development for the Cornerstone Project at the University of Pennsylvania for 4 years. Her texts continue to impact literacy, in addition to Mosaic, she has written Talk About Understanding: Rethinking Classroom Talk to Enhance Understanding, To Understand: New Horizons in Reading Comprehension, and is a co-author ofComprehension Going Forward, as well as numerous chapters for professional books and journals on the teaching of reading.

Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the creator of over 30 books for children, including titles that have won the Coretta Scott King Award, the Horn Book-Boston Globe Award, and the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction. As one of the illustrators forOur Children Can Soar, she received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Children. Among her many books are the Harvey Moon series, Ananse and the Lizard: A West African Tale, My Mama Needs Me, Carousel, Squashed in the Middle,Angel Baby, and My Aunt Came Back. Pat sits on the boards of The Authors Guild Foundation, the Authors League Fund, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild and teaches children’s book illustration at Pratt and Parsons, the New School for Design, where her goal is to prepare students for a career in children’s books.


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