Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2021 / Columbus, OH

New Look.
Expanded Learning.

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LitCon 2021!

2021 Keynotes: Jeff Williams, Cornelius Minor, Gerry Brooks
LitCon 2021: Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 in Columbus, OH
4 Days of Professional Learning
60+ Exhibitors
100+ Sessions from Literacy & Teaching Experts
140 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jeffery Williams
Jeffery Williams

Jeff Williams is a Reading Recovery teacher leader and K-12 literacy coach in Solon, Ohio. He speaks at numerous regional, national, and international conferences such as ILA, NCTE, National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy, IRRI, and consults with many districts nationally. He has authored articles, a professional book for NCTE, and 80 little books for Hameray Publishing. Jeff has served on the board of NCTE and RRCNA and is Past President of RRCNA.

Cornelius Minor
Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, Scholastic, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.

Gerry Brooks
Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is principal at an elementary school in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and 12 years as an administrator.

He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff.

An encouraging speaker, he has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focus on how to lead all staff in a positive and constructive manner.

His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 500,000 people.

Institute and Featured Speakers

C.C. Bates
C.C. Bates
Wiley Blevins
Wiley Blevins
Colleen Cruz
Colleen Cruz
Sue Duncan
Sue Duncan
Mary Fried
Mary Fried
Jennifer Flight
Jennifer Flight
Gravity Goldberg
Gravity Goldberg
Sharroky Hollie
Sharroky Hollie
Mary Howard
Mary Howard
Sherry Kinzel
Sherry Kinzel
Maryann McBride
Maryann McBride
Anthony Muhammad
Anthony Muhammad
Lisa Pinkerton
Lisa Pinkerton
Pernille Ripp
Pernille Ripp
James Schnug
James Schnug

The Nation’s Premier K-8 Literacy Conference

Celebrating our 36th year in 2021! Known for building efficacy in literacy instruction, LitCon: National K-8 Literacy & Reading Recovery Conference provides powerful, research-based professional development to support educators. It is respected and appreciated by educators from around the world as the place to receive tools to enable the highest quality literacy instruction for all students: 98.8% of previous attendees would recommend the conference to another educator. We encourage you to read the testimonials at the bottom of this page and view the attendee video.

This conference, as always, will:

  • be a homecoming of leaders in childhood literacy to advance our field, enhance our skills, and mobilize our community to assist struggling readers;
  • ensure that LitCon attendees will be the first to know about current research findings, critical news and leading practices in K-8 literacy education;
  • offer earliest access to the newest and most innovative practices in K-8 literacy education available; and
  • tap exclusive resources, build special bonds, and help move childhood literacy and Reading Recovery forward.

Led by literacy experts and authors, sessions focus on best instructional practices for educators. Ideal for classroom teachers, literacy coaches and specialists, building and district administrators, Title I teachers and coordinators, interventionists and ELL teachers, curriculum and language arts specialists, and Reading Recovery professionals. Topics include reading, writing, literacy coaching, oral language, comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, word study, phonemic awareness, differentiated instruction, strategies for struggling readers, assessment, diverse learners, literacy leadership, literacy teams, Reading Recovery, and much more. Earn up to 17.5 professional development hours.

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What to Expect

Testimonials from Past Literacy Conference Attendees

Current Topics

This conference is always based upon current, needed topics to improve our daily teaching. I learn more at this conference than I did in most college classes. It is very content-specific, well organized, and very needed! Thank you so much!

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T14:58:35-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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This conference is always based upon current, needed topics to improve our daily teaching. I learn more at this conference than I did in most college classes. It is very content-specific, well organized, and very needed! Thank you so much!

Most Valuable PD

Attending the 2020 Reading Recovery Conference has been the most valuable PD that I have attended in my 17 years of teaching Primary Grades. My mindset has been changed forever. This experience has taught me to be very intentional in all and everything that I teach.

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T14:28:39-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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Attending the 2020 Reading Recovery Conference has been the most valuable PD that I have attended in my 17 years of teaching Primary Grades. My mindset has been changed forever. This experience has taught me to be very intentional in all and everything that I teach.

Timely Topics

This is one of the most useful conferences that I attend. Not only are the speakers and topics timely, but I also enjoyed having conversations from conference participants from all over the U.S. and other countries.

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T14:57:29-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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This is one of the most useful conferences that I attend. Not only are the speakers and topics timely, but I also enjoyed having conversations from conference participants from all over the U.S. and other countries.

Favorite PD

This is my favorite PD to attend every year. I always leave a better teacher. I feel like I get to customize my experience with the ability to select sessions that will meet the needs of my students and support other teachers in my building.

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T15:03:15-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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This is my favorite PD to attend every year. I always leave a better teacher. I feel like I get to customize my experience with the ability to select sessions that will meet the needs of my students and support other teachers in my building.

Amazing Opportunity

We are so fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity for teacher learning in Columbus. Each time my district allows me to attend I am so excited and leave feeling refreshed with many great ideas to use when I return to work with my kids!

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T14:56:28-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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We are so fortunate to have such an amazing opportunity for teacher learning in Columbus. Each time my district allows me to attend I am so excited and leave feeling refreshed with many great ideas to use when I return to work with my kids!

Awesome Experience

As an educator with 27 years of classroom experience from Early Childhood to 1st Grade and being a first-time attendee, I was pleasantly delighted with the entire set-up, organization, choice of session topics and the overall flow of the conference. I was excited to get back to my 1st Grade Classroom to implement new ideas, strategies, and tools I picked up throughout the conference. It was an awesome experience and I look forward to attending in 2021!

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T15:02:18-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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As an educator with 27 years of classroom experience from Early Childhood to 1st Grade and being a first-time attendee, I was pleasantly delighted with the entire set-up, organization, choice of session topics and the overall flow of the conference. I was excited to get back to my 1st Grade Classroom to implement new ideas, strategies, and tools I picked up throughout the conference. It was an awesome experience and I look forward to attending in 2021!

Opportunity for Networking

The Conference gave me the opportunity to meet together and network with teachers from all over the US, including Canada. I heard about research-based teaching and left with many activities I could use the next day in my classroom.

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T15:00:40-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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The Conference gave me the opportunity to meet together and network with teachers from all over the US, including Canada. I heard about research-based teaching and left with many activities I could use the next day in my classroom.

Immediate Application of Strategy

After attending the 2020 Conference, I had information, research, and examples to use immediately with my Reading Recovery students. Immediate application of new teaching strategies is very motivating!

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T14:59:39-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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After attending the 2020 Conference, I had information, research, and examples to use immediately with my Reading Recovery students. Immediate application of new teaching strategies is very motivating!

High-Quality Literacy Conference

The Conference has always been a high-quality literacy conference. The quality and quantity of the sessions offered remains top-notch. The keynote speakers always enlighten and encourage in support of best practices in the field of literacy. I’m never disappointed by my time in Columbus in February!

2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T13:26:38-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

The Conference has always been a high-quality literacy conference. The quality and quantity of the sessions offered remains top-notch. The keynote speakers always enlighten and encourage in support of best practices in the field of literacy. I’m never disappointed by my time in Columbus in February!

Reflect, Reset, and Reenergize

Another excellent conference this year! Inspiring and encouraging, the speakers and presenters know their material and provide explicit teachings and strategies, many of which are able to be implemented immediately. My colleagues and I really look forward to this conference for the opportunity to reflect, reset, and reenergize!

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2020 LitCon Attendee

2017-10-06T15:01:29-05:00

2020 LitCon Attendee

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Another excellent conference this year! Inspiring and encouraging, the speakers and presenters know their material and provide explicit teachings and strategies, many of which are able to be implemented immediately. My colleagues and I really look forward to this conference for the opportunity to reflect, reset, and reenergize!