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

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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

Anthony Muhammad
Anthony Muhammad
Gravity Goldberg
Gravity Goldberg
Colleen Cruz
Colleen Cruz
Wiley Blevins
Wiley Blevins
Mary Howard
Mary Howard
Sharroky Hollie
Sharroky Hollie

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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Attendee Experiences

Testimonials from Past Literacy Conference Attendees

Literacy team from Broward, FL learning so much at #NCCBUS about engagement and creating independent readers from these amazing literacy experts! @JSerravallo @DrJanrichardson @drgravityg @EllinKeene

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2019 Conference Attendee

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2019 Conference Attendee

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Literacy team from Broward, FL learning so much at #NCCBUS about engagement and creating independent readers from these amazing literacy experts! @JSerravallo @DrJanrichardson @drgravityg @EllinKeene

Wow, 3 amazing days of learning at the 2019 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference! Excited to get back to our little readers & writers & and be intentional with our teaching.

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

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Wow, 3 amazing days of learning at the 2019 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference! Excited to get back to our little readers & writers & and be intentional with our teaching.

So grateful we get to work, learn, and grow together!

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2019 Conference Attendee

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

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So grateful we get to work, learn, and grow together!

Because literacy can and will change the world. P.S. #TCRWP and @LucyCalkins When a Keynote to about 2,500 feels so intimate, we experience the power of connection. Hand-written Post-its bring authenticity and voice. If only I could tweet with my own handwriting!

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2019 Conference Attendee

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

2019 Conference Attendee

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Because literacy can and will change the world. P.S. #TCRWP and @LucyCalkins When a Keynote to about 2,500 feels so intimate, we experience the power of connection. Hand-written Post-its bring authenticity and voice. If only I could tweet with my own handwriting!

Great Literacy Tool!

Some of the strategies discussed in the concurrent and keynote sessions were things I had never even considered trying! I loved walking away with a set of tools that will better help me provide the best literacy instruction to my students.

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2019 Conference Attendee

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

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Some of the strategies discussed in the concurrent and keynote sessions were things I had never even considered trying! I loved walking away with a set of tools that will better help me provide the best literacy instruction to my students.

Just returned from an incredible three days of learning with my literacy superheroes at the Reading Recovery Council National Conference. I can’t wait to put my new knowledge into play tomorrow at school!! Thank you @LakotaDistrict!

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2019 Conference Attendee

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

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Just returned from an incredible three days of learning with my literacy superheroes at the Reading Recovery Council National Conference. I can’t wait to put my new knowledge into play tomorrow at school!! Thank you @LakotaDistrict!

Finding so much inspiration at the 2019 Reading Recovery Conference. Grateful to be learning from some of the giants in the field.  #nccbus 

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2019 National Conference Attendee

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

2019 National Conference Attendee

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Finding so much inspiration at the 2019 Reading Recovery Conference. Grateful to be learning from some of the giants in the field.  #nccbus 

Fantastic!

The only 1 I'll send my TS to. Fantastic, TS rave about it. I should just close school & send everyone!

Principal Mike Acomb
Lewis Elementary School in Solon City Schools, Ohio

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

Principal Mike Acomb
Lewis Elementary School in Solon City Schools, Ohio

The only 1 I'll send my TS to. Fantastic, TS rave about it. I should just close school & send everyone!

Spending the next few days learning with 2,700 of our dearest colleagues from 47 states and numerous countries. What a thought provoking Keynote this morning, THANK YOU @ccbates #nccbus I can’t wait to change my teaching once I’m back home this week.

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2019 Conference Attendee

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

2019 Conference Attendee

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Spending the next few days learning with 2,700 of our dearest colleagues from 47 states and numerous countries. What a thought provoking Keynote this morning, THANK YOU @ccbates #nccbus I can’t wait to change my teaching once I’m back home this week.

So thankful to have soaked in the knowledge of @DrJanrichardson, @MicheleDufresne , and @LucyCalkins ! Bringing back 10+ pages of notes, new teaching tools, and so many incredible ideas to teammates and my kiddos. Thank you Reading Recovery! #nccbus @rrcna_org #itsworthit

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2019 Conference Attendee

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

2019 Conference Attendee

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So thankful to have soaked in the knowledge of @DrJanrichardson, @MicheleDufresne , and @LucyCalkins ! Bringing back 10+ pages of notes, new teaching tools, and so many incredible ideas to teammates and my kiddos. Thank you Reading Recovery! #nccbus @rrcna_org #itsworthit