BU to host 42nd annual Reading Conference

For Immediate Release

Date:  March 30, 2006

BLOOMSBURG— Registrations are being accepted for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 42nd annual Reading Conference to be held Thursday and Friday, May 18 and 19. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and conclude Friday with session ending around 2:30 p.m. 

The annual event focuses on the best practices to teach reading and writing to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The conference features workshops and presentations by authors, consultants, classroom teachers and musicians. 

Featured speakers include:

-Carl Anderson, educational consultant and writer, author of “Assessing Writers” and “How’s It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers.”

-Susan Campbell Bartoletti, teacher and author of “A Coal Miner’s Bride” and “Growing Up in Coal Country.”

-John Farrell, performing artist, writer, musician and storyteller, known for incorporating music and storytelling into instructional strategies.

-Gail Gibbons, leading author of children’s nonfiction books, author of “Owls,” “Dinosaur Discoveries” and “Thanksgiving Is.”

-Lori Oczkus, nationally recognized literature consultant and author of “Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension” and “Super Six Reading Strategies: 35 Lessons and More for Reading Success.”

-Cris Tovani, classroom teacher and author of “I Read It, but I Don’t Get It: Comprehensive Strategies for Adolescent Readers” and “Do I Really Have to Teach Reading?”

-Local musician Van Wagner, known for making music, mining coal, logging trees and teaching children, whose musical style is a mixture of bluegrass, blues and folk and focuses on growing up in rural central Pennsylvania. 

-Jeffrey Wilhelm, classroom teacher, staff developer and director of the Maine Writing Project, author/coauthor of “You Gotta Be the Book” and “Imagining to Learn.”

To register for the program, complete the registration form at bureadingcenter.com/readingconf.html or contact the Reading Center. The fee is $45 per person for registrations received by Sunday, April 16; the fee is $50 after April 16. Lunch will be available both days. Checks should be made payable to “BU Reading Conference.”


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.