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Reading Conference

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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.



2019 Conference Information
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Save-the-Date (PDF, 104k)
Agenda (PDF, 206k)
Breakout Sessions (PDF, 187k)
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2019 Conference Speaker Information

  Dr. Suzii Parsons is the Jacques Munroe professor of reading and literacy education at Oklahoma State University. Her passionate belief that all learners deserve a voice in this world and outstanding teachers to foster their growth is reflected in her scholarship on dialogue as pedagogy, diverse perspectives in literature for children and young adults, and teacher preparation. She spends many hours in public schools as the director of OSU-ExCEL, a full-year mentor program for teacher candidates, and as a professional development facilitator. A strong believer in the power of literature to transform lives, she is the president of the International Literacy Association Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group and has served on a variety of book award committees, including the ILA Children’s and Young Adult Book Award, the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and Notable Books for a Global Society. Most recently, she was selected and served as a jurist for the 2019 Lee Bennet Hopkins Poetry Award. Parsons has received a variety of teaching honors, including the OSU Regent’s Distinguished Teaching Award (twice awarded), the Mortar Board Golden Torch Award, the OSU College of Education Teaching Excellence Award, the OSU Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award, and OSU Faculty Teaching Fellow.

  Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Willner is an education professor and director of teacher education at Oklahoma City University. In addition to educating future teachers, her scholarship includes teacher education, literacy instruction and children’s literature. Collaborating with her fabulous Oklahoma colleagues, she has presented at conferences in the United States, Sweden, Estonia, South Korea and Spain. She is lucky enough to have the opportunity to read with kindergartners each week at Positive Tomorrows, a school for children who are homeless. She has been a nose-twitching reader since second grade and can be found losing herself in books at home, at work and even in public places. For the past few years, she has been exploring philosophy with children based on picture books, and she’ll share her learning with us at the 2019 Reading Conference.

Conference Material Archives
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2018 Conference Information
Plugging In to Literacy (PDF, 81k)

2017 Conference Information
Looking Back...Moving Forward (PDF, 317k)

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

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)