The Reading League’s 2nd Annual Conference is a two-day affair!
NEW THIS YEAR! Our conference will begin with sessions and workshops in the late afternoon/evening of Monday, October 29. This is a great option for educators who are unable to attend the full day conference on Tuesday, October 30.
On Tuesday, October 30, similar to last year, there will be a full day of sessions and we are so proud to announce that our keynote speaker is Dr. Louisa Moats! Dr. Moats will be the first recipient of a special Reading League Award highlighting her influential work in advancing evidence into practice.
Attendees can choose to attend one or both days.
Immediately following Tuesday’s conference, you can choose to attend a Reading Reception with Dr. Louisa Moats (a separate function with an additional cost from 4:30-7:00 pm). Join other conference presenters, colleagues, and Reading League members in the Marriott’s Grand 10th floor Empire Ballroom —special company in a special location!
The conference will be held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the historic former Hotel Syracuse – recently renovated into a premier hotel and conference center. Hotel rooms with conference pricing are available for stays on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday nights, October 28-30. Use this link to book your room at the Marriott Syracuse by October 5, 2018. NOTE: We have secured blocks of rooms at other nearby hotels…scroll to the bottom of this page for information.
This conference is for anyone who wants to learn more about advancing highly-effective, evidence-based reading instruction into practice: classroom teachers, administrators, reading specialists, ENL teachers, special educators, advocates, parents, researchers and many others.
New York State CTLE credit will be given for sessions on Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30.
KEYNOTE Speaker: Dr. Louisa Moats
Dr. Louisa Moats has dedicated much of her work empowering educators with the knowledge of how to teach reading effectively. She authored the LETRS professional development series and multiple books and papers such as Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Straight Talk about Reading, and Basic Facts about Dyslexia. Dr. Moats has served as Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association and editor of Scientific Studies of Reading and Annals of Dyslexia.
“Advancing Evidence Into Practice: Effective Reading Instruction Begins With US!”
Last year’s conference theme was Advancing Evidence Into Practice: Effective Reading Instruction Begins With YOU. This year, the theme differs by one word…US. Many decades of research have revealed the importance of teacher knowledge in relation to reading achievement. We believe that enhancing educator knowledge, rather than focusing on specific methods and programs, is what empowers educators to become highly effective instructors of reading for all students. We also believe that supporting a student’s reading success requires all of US.
MONDAY, October 29, 2018
- Dr. Nancy Cushen White (Dept of Pediatrics, UC San Francisco): Has Handwriting Become an Instructional Dinosaur: Handwriting May Be More Important Than You Think!
- Dr. Steven Dykstra (Milwaukee, WI): The Role of Reading and Language in the Lives of All Children, But Especially Children with Difficult or Traumatic Lives
- Amy Siracusano (Calvert County Public Schools, Maryland): Dyslexia: Understanding Screening Essentials
- Shira Naftel (Monsey, NY): The Science Behind the Letter Sounds: A Process of Discovery
- Dr. Jean Ann (SUNY Oswego): Psst! Written English is Trying to Tell You Something!
- Dr. Danielle Thompson (Bozeman, MT): Building Vocabulary Through High Quality Instruction and Assessment in Early Literacy
TUESDAY, October 30, 2018
- Dr. Lillian Fawcett (Cracking the ABC Code, South Perth, Australia): Reading for Comprehension
- Dr. Steven Dykstra (Milwaukee, WI): How to Read Statistics and Research Even if You Hate Math
- Dr. Laura Stewart (Highlights, Chicago, IL): Three Big Questions (and Three Big Answers) About Primary Reading
- Dr. David Kilpatrick (SUNY Cortland): Orthographic Mapping
- Dr. Nancy Cushen White (Dept of Pediatrics, UC San Francisco): Words With Spelling Connections Have Meaning Connections: Phonology + Phonics + Morphology + Etymology = Orthography
- Linda Farrell (Readsters, Alexandria, Virginia): A New Phonics-Based Model for Teaching High-Frequency Words
- Dawn Durham (Pennsylvania Training and Tech Assistance Network): Sound Walls: Using the Science of Reading to Spell
- Dr. Susan Hall (95 Percent Group, Lincolnshire, IL): A Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping Routine to Maximize Word Learning
- Dr. Stephanie Stollar (Dynamic Measurement Group, Terrace Park, OH): Enhancing Educator Knowledge of Goal Setting and Measuring Student Growth
- Rachel Griffin (Pennsylvania) and Dr. Susan Whittaker (Niagara Falls, NY): Less Finnish, More British: Picking the Best for the US
- William Van Cleave (Louisville, Kentucky): Syntax Matters: The Link Between Sentence Writing & Sentence Understanding
- Dr. Alison Madelain and Alison McMurtrie (MultiLit, Macquarie Centre, Australia): Effective Initial Instruction in Reading: An Australian Perspective
- Deborah Lynam (AIM Institute for Learning and Research, NJ): What it Takes: Translating Best Practices Into Classroom Practice
- Kelly Butler (The Barksdale Reading Institute), Dr. Angela Rutherford (Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction), Dr. Susan Lee (Associate Commissioner for Academic Affairs), Dr. Kymyona Burk (MS Department of Education): Mississippi Momentum: Transforming Teacher Preparation for Early Literacy Instruction
- Michael Hunter (Readsters, Alexandria, Virginia): Spelling Instruction that Sticks
Tentative Conference Schedule
Monday, October 29, 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm ($75)
|3:30 pm||–||4:00 pm||Registration and refreshments|
|4:00 pm||–||4:45 pm||Announcements / Featured Speaker in gorgeous Persian Terrace|
|4:50 pm||–||6:05 pm||Breakout Sessions #1|
|6:15 pm||–||7:30 pm||Breakout Sessions #2|
Tuesday, October 30, 7:45 am – 4:30 pm ($199)
|7:45 am||–||8:30 am||Registration/Breakfast|
|8:30 am||–||10:00 am||Announcements, Keynote by DR. LOUISA MOATS!|
|10:00 am||–||10:15 am||Coffee Break|
|10:15 am||–||11:30 am||Breakout Sessions #1|
|11:30 am||–||12:25 pm||Luncheon|
|12:30 pm||–||1:45 pm||Breakout Sessions #2|
|1:45 pm||–||2:00 pm||Refreshment Break|
|2:00 pm||–||3:15 pm||Breakout Sessions #3|
|3:20 pm||–||4:30 pm||Panel Discussion|
Reading Reception with Dr. Louisa Moats ($55)
Tuesday, October 30, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This will be an informal time for guests to unwind and mingle at the end of the conference. Dr. Moats and many of the presenters will be available for open conversation. After a long day of learning, you will be treated to a variety of hot and cold appetizers, and a cash bar will be available. Your attendance at this special reception supports The Reading League.
Register early as this conference will likely sell out quickly.
Questions about the conference can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Marriott Syracuse Downtown (conference venue location)
Recently awarded the AAA Four Diamond Award, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown was restored to its original 1924 glory in 2016. We invite you to enjoy stunning surroundings both inside and out. Visit a variety of nearby attractions including Armory Square, Syracuse University and The Oncenter. When it’s time to dine, enjoy savory breakfast, lunch and dinner at our three on-site restaurants, including an all-new Irish pub. Those in need of a night in can order room service from our Fresh Bites Menu, available 24 hours. Renovated hotel rooms and suites feature a sleek design with the finest quality Stickley furniture, pillow top mattresses and flat-panel TVs. Marble bathrooms complement our modern, pet-friendly accommodations with double vanities and complimentary bath products. Let us exceed your travel expectations.
Discounted group rate: $139
To book, use the following link:
Jefferson Clinton Hotel
Euro standard room: standard room with 200 square feet of space and one full size bed. What sets it apart is the small but fabulous bathroom with a walk-in shower featuring a rain shower head and additional wall sprayers. Guests often choose this room for the shower alone, but you’ll still get our fantastic amenities, and, of course, our excellent service. Regular Rate: $219; Discounted Rate: $139
Studio Queen or Double: The Junior comes with two options, either two full size beds or one queen size bed. The studio serves as an excellent value for those travelers looking to enjoy all the amenities that the Jefferson Clinton Hotel has to offer, but not necessarily needing all the extra space that comes with some of the larger suites. Like all suites throughout the hotel, this room comes complete with a full kitchen and large bathroom. Regular Rate: $209; Discounted Rate: $139 queen and double available.
Corner King Suite: The Corner King Suite blends the most desirable amenities and historic architecture within this modern 450-500 square foot suite built for business or leisure. Vaulted ceilings with a separate living room and king-sized bed make this a favorite amongst regular travelers. A fully stocked kitchen serves as the perfect amenity during your stay. Regular Rate: $229; Discounted Rate: $149
Presidential Suite: The Presidential Suite, a spectacular 650 square foot suite, a favorite of celebrities and VIPs, is the premium in suite accommodations. With its panoramic city view, large separate living room and formal dining room, this superbly meticulously decorated suite is perfect for special occasions. The suite features a sleeper sofa, king size bed, and a full kitchen. Regular Rate: $259; Discounted Rate: $179
Jefferson Clinton Hotel includes the following complimentary amenities with room rates: full breakfast buffet, made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit in the lobby, Keurig coffee maker, in-room yoga mats, triple sheet bedding, in-room minibar, wifi, business center, complimentary washer and dryer, exercise room, X-box gaming systems, seasonal use of bicycles, self-parking, which is typically $10 per night.
To book under The Reading League rates, please email Patrick Owens at Patrick@jeffersonclintolhotel.com.
The Reading League discounted group rate: $125
Crowne Plaza Syracuse , NY Hotel’s Location is ideal. Thoughtfully situated in the heart of downtown, the Crowne Plaza® Syracuse hotel delivers a first-class full service travel experience. The hotel’s location is near the Syracuse airport, and adjacent to Syracuse University and Upstate Medical University Hospital. Patrons enjoy quick access to the Interstate I-90 and Interstate I-81. Free shuttles from Syracuse airport prove convenient as well. Hotel patrons expect superior amenities, including free Wi-Fi access, a savvy Business Center and a Fitness Center. Redfield’s Restaurant and the Library Lounge offer delightful culinary creations. The Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage® program ensures a refreshing stay. Begin planning your trip to Syracuse today.
To book under The Reading League rates, please read the section directly below and click here:
The booking link will directly connect you to the reservations website and will automatically pull up the group block code. You will just need to select the date of stay(s)-left side of page). The group code is RDL and the date of stay selected can be anytime between October 28-31 for the reduced rates. Click on the search button which will connect you to the rooms available to reserve with The Reading League Room Block rate of $125. This rate also includes the $15 per night parking fee, which has been waived for The Reading League Conference attendees. Guests may also call the hotel directly to have an overnight reservation created using the code at (315)479-7000.
The Reading League discounted group rate: $169
To book, click here: https://www.marriott.com/meeting-event-hotels/group-corporate-travel/groupCorp.mi?resLinkData=The%20Reading%20League%5Esyrdt%60TRLTRLA%7CTRLTRLB%60169%60USD%60false%604%6010/28/18%6010/31/18%609/28/18&app=resvlink&stop_mobi=yes or reference The Reading League block when calling to make reservations.
With a stay at Courtyard Syracuse Downtown At Armory Square, you’ll be centrally located in Syracuse, steps from Museum of Science and Technology and Armory Square. This hotel is close to Erie Canal Museum and Syracuse University. Don’t miss out on recreational opportunities including a health club and an indoor pool. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding and a fireplace in the lobby. Featured amenities include a business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Make yourself at home in one of the 102 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. 32-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and separate sitting areas. Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s restaurant, which serves breakfast and dinner, or grab a snack at a coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.