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Senate Resolution No. 70 created the Task Force on Reading Curriculum and Instruction to conduct a study to gain data on the teaching of reading and the Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA).

Based upon its findings, the task force recommended that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, in conjunction with higher education institutions, offer an annual reading conference for school teachers, administrators and higher education faculty that is focused on substantive reading professional development and curriculum alignment, effecting emergent and conventional reading.

Past conference literacy topics have included literacy development, technology, culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, tools and practices.



2016 Conference Information
Agenda (PDF, 75k)
Presentation: Proven Strategies to Strengthen Struggling Readers (PDF, 375k)

2016 Conference Overview: Proven Strategies to Strengthen Struggling Readers
Literacy is transformative!

Master teachers and higher education faculty are the change agents.

Oklahoma has a surplus, abundance and an extravagant portion of common education master teachers and renowned higher education faculty, who have worked tirelessly and who continuously strive to raise the reading levels of disadvantaged youth, leaving no child behind.

Proven Strategies to Strengthen Struggling Readers, the ninth annual Reading Conference, is a two-way conversation among educators statewide.

University of Oklahoma students, April and Bianka Tobias, who are sisters, will define the exceptional purpose for the reading symposium.

Constructing the framework for research and igniting the Sooner State’s conversation will be internationally acclaimed Dr. Sara Ann Beach from the University of Oklahoma and locally recognized Dr. Linda McElroy from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Positioned in all four corners of the state are skillful teachers, who will converge upon Oklahoma City to spearhead and share effective strategic instruction regarding language acquisition and language development.  

The transformers speeding up the momentum will include Rhonda Harlow, Enid Public Schools; Cindy Petree, Stillwater Public Schools; Yasmin Hoover, Norman Public Schools; and Susan Watson, Bethel Public Schools.

Oklahoma’s initiatives are the backdrop that drives educators. The Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) promotes intervention. The Oklahoma Academic Standards (ACE) craft superior learning outcomes. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the accountability piece that ensures marginalized minorities, English language learners and special needs students within low-performing schools reach their full academic potential.

Join the conversation – by teachers for teachers – for a viral platform to spread Proven Strategies to Strengthen Struggling Readers.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, in collaboration with Cameron University, Langston University, Northeastern State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, the Office of Educational Quality and Accountability, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, cordially invite you. The conference will take place on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, located at the PHF Conference Center, University Research Park, 655 Research Parkway, Suite 100, in Oklahoma City. Parking is free.  

Strategists wanted – let the dialogue begin! 

2016 Conference Speaker Information

Discussion Leaders

  Dr. Sara Ann Beach
Professor of Reading/Literacy Education
University of Oklahoma






  Rhonda Harlow
Instructional Coach
Enid Public Schools






  Dr. Linda McElroy
Professor of Education
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma








  April Tobias
University of Oklahoma Student/ Oklahoma’s Promise Recipient






  Bianka Tobias
University of Oklahoma Student/ Oklahoma’s Promise Recipient







Conference Podcasts and Material Archives
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2014 Conference Information
Essential Elements of Fostering and Teaching Reading Comprehension (external PDF)
Comprehension Assessment Simulation (PDF, 82k)
Qualitative Analyses of Text Complexity (PDF, 302k)
Readability Presentation (PDF, 549k)
Science and Literacy (external link)
Tools for Improving Reading Comprehension (PPT, 3.9m)

2013 Conference
Dr. Richard Allington's Conference Materials:
Ten Principles for Looking at Reading Lessons (PDF, 44k)
Summer Reading – Some are reading, some are not (PDF, 206k)
Evaluating Reading Interventions Using Research-Based Features Analysis (PDF, 24k)
Dr. Michael McKenna's Conference Materials:
Assessment in an RTI Environment (PPTX, 3.5m)