BU to host 43rd annual Reading Conference

For immediate release: April 2, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host its 43rd annual Reading Conference on Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18. The conference will open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and conclude Friday with a 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 program is designed to give teachers insight into the latest instructional techniques being used in classrooms.

The conference features workshops and presentations by authors, consultants, classroom teachers and musicians. Featured speakers include:

  • Jose Aruego, illustrator and author of “Leo the Late Bloomer,” “Never Say Ugh to a Bug” and “How Chipmunk Got His Stripes: A Tale of Bragging and Teasing.”
  • Eileen Christelow, illustrator and author of “What Do Authors Do?” and “The Five-Dog Night.”
  • Julie Coiro, assistant research professor, New Literacies Research Team, University of Connecticut.
  • Eileen Feldgus, early literacy consultant and author of “Kid Writing.”
  • Judith S. Gould, educator, consultant and author of books on the Four Square Writing Method.
  • Mary Jo Huff, master storyteller and author of seven resource books, CDs and a new DVD.
  • Keith Polette, literacy specialist, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and author of children’s books “Isabel and the Hungry Coyote” and “The Winter Duckling” and books for teachers including “Look Out! Letters Alive” and “World Folktales: A Multicultural Approach to Whole Language.”
  • Laura Robb, staff developer and author of “Teaching Reading in Middle School,” “Grammar Lessons and Strategies That Strengthen Students' Writing” and “Brighten Up Boring Beginnings and Other Quick Writing Lessons.”
  • Trish Robinson, Wilson Reading System trainer.
  • Kathleen Strickland, professor of English at Slippery Rock University and, with her husband James, author of “Engaged in Learning,” “Making Assessment Elementary” and “Reflections on Assessment.”
  • Van Wagner, known for making music, mining coal, logging trees and teaching children, with a musical style that mixes bluegrass, blues and folk and focuses on growing up in rural central Pennsylvania.


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.