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: Four people from the same district can attend for the cost of three!
One registration fee of $240 will be needed, along with the four attendee's names.

Registration (includes lunch

Keynote Presentation  

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 25 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. 


Keynote Speakers

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Valerie Ellery has dedicated over twenty-five 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 the 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 the International Literacy Association (ILA). Using innovative, interactive and informative ways, Valerie is truly passionate about creating strategic readers and educators.  


Breakout Sessions

Additional Breakout Session Topics Will Include: 
  • Secondary Literacy Workshop Model
  • Literacy Coaching
  • Professional Learning Teams
  • Collaborating Among Literacy and Special Education Professionals
  • Foundations of Reading Test in Wisconsin (FORT)
  • What’s New in Children’s Literature


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 course requires attendance at class meetings on the evening of Friday, October 14 and on another yet-to-be-determined evening, as well as attendance at the full conference on Saturday, October 15.

UW Oshkosh students should register online through the Titan Web registration system for Literacy 764 (021D) #60596.  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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