CIRR National Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Conference

The 2018 Reading Recovery & Early Literacy Learning Conference – April 16-17, 2018


Conference Registration

The CIRR National Conference offers an outstanding professional development experience for teachers, principals and senior administrators interested in expanding common understandings and effective practices to maximize student learning and prevent failure.

Reading Recovery is an evidence-based professional development model designed to ensure that the children who struggle the most with early literacy learning gain the skills they need to access a literate and productive future.

The CIRR National Conference is widely recognized as the country’s premier professional development experience for teachers of early literacy. Sessions are designed to present sound learning theory together with instructional best practices for K–3 teachers, Literacy Consultants and Coaches, Resource, Special Education teachers and Early Childhood Educators.  Also included is a vendor trade show where participants can meet publishers and purchase items for themselves and their classrooms.

2018 Conference Details


April 16-17, 2018


Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
Richmond Hill, Ontario,



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Should Attend?

Reading Recovery professionals
K-3 classroom and ELL teachers
Literacy teachers and coordinators
Reading specialists
Literacy coaches and coordinators
Curriculum and language arts specialists
School librarians
Special education professionals
School administrators, principals, superintendents, and psychologists

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(Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Full Conference (2 days) = $400

1 Day = $235

Register Now!

Conference Schedule with Workshops!

The conference schedule has been announced!  Additional items are being confirmed daily and this schedule may change a little before the conference but you can see who will be presenting workshops and when.  Find it all here!

You can also view the details of each workshop.

Advance Workshop Selection

If you have already registered to attend this amazing conference you can now select which workshops you would like to attend.  Selecting workshops in advance helps presenters to be better prepared with handouts and an appropriately sized room.  If you have already registered to attend the conference please select your workshops now or click the link above to review the workshops.  Workshops have a designation for an audience (RR = Reading Recovery focus; ALL – suited for anyone; Early Learning = Early Learning Educators), however, as this is your professional development you are welcome to attend any session of interest.  All attendees will have their conference selections on the back of their name tags.

Need a Conference Approval Form for your School Board?

Download the 2018 Conference Approval Form Here


Be sure to book your accommodations early to secure your room at the best rate!  Best rate at the Best Western or Sheraton is only secured until March 28, 2018.   To book accommodations at either Best Western or Sheraton click here.

All workshops and speakers will take place at the Sheraton but the Best Western is attached and access to all events is indoors.

Our 2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jan Richardson, Dr. Bob Schwartz, Dr. Larry Swartz will be gracing our main stage!

Dr. Jan Richardson – Keynote Speaker April 16th – Sponsored by Pioneer Valley Books

Dr. Bob Schwartz – Keynote Speaker April 17th

Author and Teacher, Larry Swartz will be the closing keynote speaker.


This conference is amazing not only because of the skilled educators who attend and the amazing keynotes but also because people step up to share their knowledge and experience by presenting a workshop session.  We are not accepting proposals for the 2018 conference, but do be thinking about presenting at the 2019 conference in Winnipeg.  We will receive proposals for presentations starting in May 2018.

Exhibitor Trade Show

See which exhibitors will be at the conference – click here

Another great item during the conference is the Exhibitor Trade Show.  Meet authors, see your favourite publishers and purchase items for yourself and your classroom.  If you are interested in being an exhibitor at this conference please book your space today!

For access to over 300 educators, you can be an exhibitor at this conference.  Exhibitors are expected to be present over the 2 days of the conference and be set up by 9am April 16th.  Skirted tables are available at a cost of $600 with each additional table at a cost of $200.  Free parking, wifi and some meals are included in the costs.  Exhibitor logos will be displayed on this website so that participants know who will be in attendance.  Exhibitors are asked to contribute one door prize to CIRR for a fundraising raffle.  Exhibitors are able to have their own draws and promotions.  Contact with any questions.

Exhibiting companies can sponsor parts of the conference if desired.  Please email or call to discuss.  Sponsor a speaker, a workshop session, a meal.

Hold the Thought! 2019 National Conference will be in Winnipeg, MB!