Literacy Conference – Edmonton

Bright Futures – Setting Foundations for Literacy

UPDATE RE: COVID-19 – We have made the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming literacy conferences in Halifax (April 16-17, 2021) and Victoria (April 23, 2021) and to cancel the Toronto and Edmonton conferences the fall of 2020. We are working on establishing dates with the venues and keynote speakers. We have sent an email to all attendees with a link to a form to determine how to proceed. Options for existing registrations will include: moving registration to a fall conference, receiving a refund (less an admin fee of $30), donating the value of your registration and receiving a tax receipt, or applying your registration costs to the 2021 National Early Literacy Conference – Winnipeg on April 19-20, 2021.

**Note – we are processing refunds as fast as possible. We hope to have refunds and changes out to everyone by April 6th.

Child Writing

April 15, 2020
Edmonton, Alberta
8:30am to 4:30pm

Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre

UPDATE RE: COVID-19 – We take very seriously the health and well-being of educators across Canada. As a result, we are monitoring the situation related to COVID-19 in Canada very closely. We are developing plans to ensure the health and safety of all who are planning to attend one of our April 2020 literacy conferences. We will be communicating directly with attendees early next week – watch your inboxes and this page.

This learning event is for Primary Educators, Kindergarten and Early Years Educators, Reading Recovery Teachers, Administrators and anyone interested in the development of young readers and writers.  You will leave the day with many new ideas and tools that you can use right away.  

This research-based professional development opportunity for educators is respected and appreciated as the place for tools to enable the highest quality literacy instruction for all students. There will be 6 workshop options led by local and national literacy experts.  These sessions focus on best instructional practices in the areas of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Literacy Coaching
  • Oral Language
  • Comprehension
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Word Study
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Strategies for struggling and reluctant readers
  • Assessment
  • English Language Learners

This is the first time we are bringing this conference to Edmonton. You won’t want to miss this learning experience!

It was so well done! The speakers were engaging and thought provoking. This was definitely the best PD I’ve attended.

Past Conference Participant

Keynote Speaker

Ruth Culham, Author and Teacher

Ruth Culham, has written over 40 books and best-selling resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe.   Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits and writing from reading is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Along with new writing projects such as The Writing Thief (ILA/Stenhouse 2014), Trait Crates Plus K-5 (Scholastic 2015), Dream Keepers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture (Stenhouse 2016), and now, Teach Writing Well:  How to Assess Writing, Invigorate Instruction, and Rethink Revision (Stenhouse 2018, the new edition of 6+1 Traits of Writing), Ruth conducts energetic and ready-to-use professional development learning sessions.

A glimpse into Ruth Culham’s morning keynote address

I was very impressed with the conference. The speakers were all engaging and had practical suggestions I could use right away!

Past Conference Participant

Registrationjust $215! – We have extended the early bird rate through to April 14th

Such a high calibre event. The depth of knowledge and the quality of presentations was wonderful! Please come back to Winnipeg!

Past Conference Participant


Workshops selections are available now on the event page. There are 8 workshop options of which you can choose two. Workshop topics include: Phonological Awareness, Emergent Reading – Problem Solving Trumps Accuracy, Reading Workshop with Early Readers, Guided Reading and Concept-Based Teaching. Also included is an informal facilitated conversation with Ruth Culham to dive deeper into the concepts raised in the keynote address. We are also thrilled to have one workshop completely in French – Harnessing the Power of Oral Language Through Books. An outstanding selection of literacy expertise all in one day!

Accommodations and Parking

The conference is being held at the Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre. Participants who require accommodations are welcome to stay at the location of their choosing but if staying at the Edmonton Inn let them know you are with the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery to receive a preferred rate. There is plenty of free parking on site.

I came away with several ideas to improve my teaching that I can start to use on Monday morning!

Past Conference Participant


A small group of publishers will be on site with books for purchase and ordering for yourself or your classroom. Draws, deals and door prizes will be happening all day.