2018 Conference Registration is OPEN!!

Registration for the 2018 conference is open! Join us on February 23 & February 24, 2018 for two days of spectacular breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and collaboration with friends and colleagues. 

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2018 Keynote Speaker: Loren Long

Loren Long will be the Friday afternoon keynote.

Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture books Otis, Otis and the Tornado, Otis and the Puppy, An Otis Christmas and Otis and the Scarecrow. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of President Barack Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing, the re-illustrated edition of The Little

Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna.

Loren’s most recent work, Little Tree, is a picture book for all ages which will publish in September, 2015.


2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donald Bear

Dr. Donald Bear

Dr. Bear’s talk is sponsored by Pearson Education, Inc.

Donald R. Bear, Ph.D. is a professor in literacy education at Iowa State University where he teaches doctoral, Master’s, and preservice teachers, and directs the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic. He is also professor emeritus from the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald is involved in innovative professional development grants, and his work in assessment and word study is used widely. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, book chapters, and 12 books, including Words Their Way, Words Their Way with English Learners, Vocabulary Their Way and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, 4 – 12. He has received several awards for teaching and service. Donald is involved in numerous studies that examine literacy learning including studies of orthographic development in different and second languages.

2018 Keynote Speaker: Carine McCandless


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Carine McCandless is an entrepreneur, activist, and mother. She is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless whose life story captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. She played a vital role in the success of Into the Wild, the internationally bestselling book written by Jon Krakauer, and she also worked closely with Academy Award-winning actor and writer/director Sean Penn on his critically acclaimed film adaptation of Into the Wild. Carine’s memoir, The Wild Truth, published by Harper Collins/Harper One was released in November 2014, and was quick to become a New York Times Bestseller. The Wild Truth has been selected for many Best Books of 2014 lists including those chosen by readers and editors at Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Amazon and IndieNext.


2018 Keynote Speaker: Martha Brokenbrough



Martha Brockenbrough is the author of The Game of Love and Death, a winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award, Kirkus Prize finalist, and Publishers Weekly Top 10 novel for teens. She’s a former high school teacher, journalist, and editor of MSN.com, and is the founder of National Grammar Day. She’s the author of several fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults, including a biography of Alexander Hamilton. She lives in Seattle.