Hot Topics in Literacy Conference

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016  l  8:00 A.M. - 2:45 P.M.


Hot Topics in Literacy Conference

register.pngUndergraduate/Graduate Students: $40

Reading Council Members: $50

Teachers / Administrators: $80

School District Team Special: Send 4 people from the same district for the price of 3! 
One registration fee of $240 will be needed, along with the four attendee's names.

Registration (includes lunch

Keynote Presentation  


Today our students need strategies to read informational text closely and with strong comprehension. Join us and learn proven ideas you can use tomorrow to boost the content area literacy skills of all of your students while meeting the challenges of the Common Core Standards.Lori will share her "Top Five" ideas for the hottest topics including close reading and interactive ways to improve comprehension. Come learn exciting ways to teach informational text structures and features! You’ll use the engaging comprehension lessons over and over to teach informational text all day long in science, social studies, whole class lessons, and in small group reading. 

Workshop includes 
Creative ways to teach students informational text structures 
Interactive lessons to teach text features 
The best ever small group instruction format for teaching guided reading 
A proven close reading protocol that really works! 
Practical ideas for teaching content area material with text sets 
Dozens of lessons for teaching comprehension with CCS 
Ways to help students synthesize across texts


Keynote Speakers

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Valerie Ellery has dedicated 25+ years to the field of education in literacy roles as a National Board Certified Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, Mentor, Staff Developer, Reading Coach, International Educational Consultant, and Award-Winning Author. Her book Creating Strategic Readers has been one of ILA’s Best Sellers for over 10 years and is used internationally in classrooms and universities to motivate and engage today's learners. In addition, she coauthored two secondary curricula in the area of self- worth and human trafficking that are impacting young adults in 37 nations. Her most recent resource  Literacy Strong All Year Long: Powerful Lessons for Grades K-2, is coauthored with Lori Oczkus and Tim Rasinski and published by International Literacy Association (ILA). Using innovative, interactive and informative ways, Valerie is truly passionate about CREATING STRATEGIC Readers and Educators.  


Breakout Sessions

Motivate, Engage, and Create Strategic Readers

Join Valerie Ellery as she shares inspiring ways to motivate and engage the whole learner through the gradual release of responsibility. Over twenty-five years ago she realized that her son had a problem with reading.  This very personal experience launched her journey in the quest for understanding what proficient readers do. She set out on a journey to “reach and teach” the whole child! Valerie will inspire us all to rise above the challenges we face as educators and believe that the students in today’s classrooms can be self-regulated, strategic readers! Participants will be equipped with ways to incorporate curriculum (i.e., standards, reading strategies), assessment (i.e., accountable teacher-talk, behavior indicators), and the elements of rigorous instruction (i.e., effective techniques, practical application). Participants will learn how to scaffold techniques to reach the whole child through experimentation and discovery to increase word study awareness, vocabulary acquisition, fluency flow, and deeper comprehension. Participants will leave transformed with easy to implement literacy strategies which support all learners to reach academic success. 


Additional Breakout Session Topics Will Include: 

  • Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test
  • Early Interventions for Reading and Writing
  • Running Records and Other Assessments
  • Text Complexity
  • Content Area Literacy for 6-12 Middle School 
  • Close Reading
  • What's New in Children's Literature?
  • Motivational Literacy Environment
  • Inquiry Based Teacher Learning and Reflective Teaching Practice
  • Common Core State Standards


One-credit graduate level course

A one-credit graduate level course is being offered in conjunction with the conference.  Interested persons must register and pay for the course independently of registering and paying for the conference. The class requires attendance at three sessions:  Friday, October 14, 5-8 p.m.; at the conference all day Saturday, October 15; and TBD. 

UW Oshkosh students should register online through the Titan Web registration system for  Literacy 764 (201D)  #60596Hot Topics in Literacy Conference sponsored by the Department of Literacy and Language and the Fox Valley Reading Council 2016 Exemplary Practices in Literacy Programs (Discussion). All others should contact to register.

The tuition/cost for the 1-credit class is $212 and will be billed to participants by the University’s Student Accounts department. This $212 tuition fee is in addition to the Conference registration fees. 


Contact the Department of Literacy and Language at (920) 424-4444 or

Sponsored by the Department of Literacy and Language  in collaboration with the Fox Valley Reading Council. 

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