Reading Conference brings authors, literacy experts to BU

For immediate release: May 5, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — The 44th annual Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Reading Conference will feature lectures and workshops by children’s authors, illustrators, educators and literacy specialists. The conference will begin on Thursday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m., with sessions ending on Friday, May 16, at 2:30 p.m. It is sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Reading Center.

The conference will feature workshops focused on literacy and teaching reading and writing to students of all ages. Topics include teaching nonfiction, creating lesson plans, writing effective tests, guided writing and motivating students to read and write. Educational tools and programs will also be demonstrated during workshops. A materials exhibit, featuring reading programs and educational materials from various publishers and education companies, will be held throughout the conference.

Thursday’s featured speakers include Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, an educator and author best known for his work with student book clubs; Linda Hoyt, a literacy specialist and consultant; Lori Oczkus, a literacy consultant and author; Cheryl Sigmon, a former educator and consultant; and Thaddeus Rex, a musician who has been featured on PBS Kids and performs concerts for children. Authors and illustrators who will be featured include Debbie Dadey, Lindsay Barrett George, Anne Mazer and Matt Novak.

Featured speakers on Friday include Cathy Collins Block, professor in the college of education at Texas Christian University; Chris Crutcher, author and therapy consultant; Kelly Gallagher, an educator in Anaheim, Calif.; and Van Wagner, a Pennsylvania-based singer and songwriter. Featured authors include Sally Keehn and Laurence Pringle.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.