Reading Recovery Council of North America

The Conference Planning Committee is reaching out to you for your input and ideas to help shape the overall program. Our committee is looking forward to your expert insight and creativity as you come up with ideas for sessions!

The National Conference will be held February 17-20, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Share your expertise by presenting a concurrent session during the nation's premier conference for K-6 literacy and Reading Recovery. We are seeking proposals for the following areas: Reading Recovery, Classroom Literacy (K-2, K-6, and 3-6), Literacy Coaching, Leadership in Literacy (Administrative and Research), and Children's Literature (K-6). Sessions are 90 minutes in length and cannot promote products or services.

It is strongly recommended that you create the following in advance of entering the proposal form, then copy and paste the information into the form:

Prepare your narratives in advance for the lengthier sections (abstract, outline, biography).

If including co-presenters, gather their contact information and 2-5 sentence biography for each co-presenter.

To enrich and strengthen the conference attendees? learning experience, we encourage each presenter to include some form of interaction during their sessions.

Lead Presenter Information: Registration fee is complimentary for lead presenter only unless presentation is repeated. Chairs of panels are entitled to complimentary registration, but not members of panels.

Thank you for your consideration in submitting a proposal. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Conference Office at (614) 310-7337.

Please read the following important information before you complete the proposal form. The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017.

Conference Audience
Approximately 2,200+ attendees, including:
Reading Recovery practitioner
K-6 Classroom teachers - levels: K-2 and 3-6
Title I teachers
Literacy and curriculum specialists
Administrators, including principals, superintendents and board members
University professors
Literacy advocates

Strand Explanations

Classroom Literacy: The Classroom Literacy Strand session proposals should focus on comprehensive literacy through which classroom teachers can differentiate instruction in order to meet the needs of a diverse group of children. This strand will also focus on the classroom teachers' role as they collaborate with interventionists in order to support students. Session proposals focusing on theory to practice are encouraged.

Reading Recovery: Sessions in the Reading Recovery strand should provide opportunities for in-depth study of issues related to Reading Recovery teaching such as literacy processing in reading and/or writing, supporting oral language learning, strategic processing, teacher decision making, early learning, acceleration, etc. This strand is also open to proposals focusing on ways in which Reading Recovery professionals can improve collaboration with literacy teams, classroom teachers and other school and district personnel.

Leadership in Literacy: Sessions considered for the Leadership in Literacy Strand should be targeted to school and district administrators, school board members, curriculum directors, and Reading Recovery site coordinators and teacher leaders. Session content being sought includes supporting and sustaining Reading Recovery implementation as part of a comprehensive literacy model and sessions that will inform and assist educators in effective collaboration to achieve student success.

Literacy Coaching: The Literacy Coaching Strand requests the submission of proposals that align with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and International Reading Association's (IRA) definitions of a literacy or reading coach as a reading specialist. Proposals that focus on various aspects of the coach's roles, leadership in the literacy program, and processes that support both the development and implementation of a school-wide literacy programs are desired. This strand will also focus on the emerging role of the coach as a coordinator and collaborator, on coaching around assessments to lift teaching/inform instruction, cultural relevancy in coaching, coaching for the use of informational text, and coaching for congruence across learning settings.

Children's Literature: The Children's Literature Strand seeks to promote current, high-quality literature for elementary audiences in conjunction with effective instructional practices.
Types of Presentations

Concurrent Session: 90-minute single topic program in which presenter(s) share directly with a general audience in a more formal lecture-type format. Audience participation generally is limited to question and answer session(s) at the discretion of the presenter(s). The majority of the conference sessions are in this category.

Study Session: 90-minute single topic program designed to allow participants to share in an in-depth investigation directed by one or more presenters. Presenters facilitate much interaction among participants while providing direction for and summation to the topic explored. Audience is limited to Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, and/or trainers.