Reading Conference set for Oct. 26 at YSU

Conrad J. Storad is one of the authors featured at the conference.

Three award-winning authors will be among the keynote speakers at the 2012 Annual Reading Conference, a professional development event for teachers across Ohio and the region, set for Oct. 26 and 27 on the Youngstown State University campus.

This year’s theme is “Creating a Sense of Wonder that Engages ALL Readers.” Mary Lou DiPillo and Regina Rees, both professors in the Beeghly College of Education at YSU, are co-chairs.

Keynote speakers for the two-day event are:

  • David Adler, author of more than 200 books, including math texts, biographies, historical fiction and fictional works.
  • Barbara Moss, professor of literacy education at San Diego State University, who has studied the use of informational text in the classroom.
  • Janice Almasi, professor of literacy education at the University of Kentucky, whose research examines comprehension and the strategic processing that occurs while children read.
  • Conrad Storad, award-winning author of more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults.
  • Kevin O’Malley, author/illustrator of the Miss Malarky series.

    Kevin O’Malley was awarded the 2007 Buckeye Children’s Book Award.

Teachers attending will also select from among 37 breakout session presenters, discussing topics such as vocabulary instruction, blogging with students, writing strategies and using iPads and digital technology in the classroom.

The conference is a collaboration that includes YSU, Kent State University, the University of Akron, Cleveland State University and the Ohio Council of the International Reading Association.

This year’s event is dedicated to Philip Ginnetti, former dean of YSU’s Beeghly College of Education, who died in June. Ginnetti will be presented with the OCIRA Hall of Fame Award on Saturday.

Sessions will be from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The cost is $90 per day or $150 for both days, and includes breakfast, lunch, parking and materials. Online registration is open through Oct. 17 at web.ysu.edu/bcoe. Call 330-941-3215 for more information.