Hot Topics in Literacy Conference

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10  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

alan.jpgAlan Katz is the author of many highly acclaimed children’s books, including nine Silly Dilly Songbooks such as Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Where Did They Hide My Presents? and Are You Quite Polite? His picture books include Don’t Say That Word!, The Flim-Flam Fairies and Stalling, and among his poetry books are OOPS! and Poems I Wrote When No One Was Looking. His first middle-grade chapter book, The Day the Mustache Took Over, was just released by Bloomsbury.

 Katz is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for TV series including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Tony Danza Show, animated series Taz-Mania, Disney’s Raw Toonage and Goof Troop, the Grammy Awards and Tony Awards, various Nickelodeon shows, and a lot of network specials and game shows. He has also created of comic books, trading card sets, web videos, and hundreds of other special projects for kids and their parents. 

Katz has created and produced interactive games for Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Supermarket Sweep, Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid and other popular shows. He also wrote and created the Wheel of Fortune Live stage show, and created and hosted a live weekly game show for kids on XM Radio. Additionally, he has developed hundreds of advertising and promotional campaigns for many top consumer brands.  

lori.jpgLori Oczkus is a literacy coach, author, and popular speaker across the United States. Tens of thousands of teachers have attended her motivating, fast paced workshops and read her practical, research-based professional books. Lori has extensive experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, intervention specialist working with struggling readers, and staff developer and literacy coach. She works with students every week in classrooms and really knows the challenges that teachers face in teaching students to read!  Lori has been inducted in the California Reading Association Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the field of reading in California and internationally. 

Oczkus' best selling books include: Just the Facts: Close Reading and Comprehension of Informational Text (Shell Education, 2014), Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 72 Lessons You Can’t Teach Without (IRA, 2012), Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension(IRA 2010), Interactive Think Aloud Lessons: 25 Surefire Ways to Engage Students and Improve Comprehension (Scholastic, 2009), Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results ( Heinemann, 2007).

Breakout Sessions


Are you ready to revolutionize your teaching and dramatically improve the engagement and comprehension of all of your students while meeting the demands of the Common Core Standards? Would you like to take your comprehension instruction to the next level so your students are the ones doing the work and using the strategies when they read on their own? Many students decode and yet don't comprehend what they read. The Fabulous Four, or reciprocal teaching strategies ( Palincsar and Brown) predict, question, clarify, and summarize work as a powerful package to begin to yield dramatic results in reading comprehension in as little as 15 days. 

This exciting NEW version of reciprocal teaching is loaded with dozens of new lessons for whole class, content area reading, guided reading, stations, and a practical Response to Intervention Model. You'll experience first hand motivating lessons. This model yields student growth of six months to two years in just three months. Come to this practical, hands-on, and entertaining workshop to learn ideas you can use tomorrow to strengthen student comprehension using any reading material.


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 9, 5-8 p.m.; at the conference all day Saturday, October 10; and TBD. 

UW Oshkosh students should register online through the Titan Web registration system for  Literacy 764 (071D)  #90217 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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