Literacy Conference – Halifax

Bright Futures – Setting Foundations for Literacy

UPDATE RE: COVID-19 – We have made the difficult decision to reschedule the upcoming literacy conferences in Halifax (NEW DATE – April 16-17, 2021) and Victoria (NEW DATE – April 23, 2021) and to cancel the Toronto and Edmonton conferences completely. 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 rescheduled 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 the end of April.

Two Boys Reading

April 16 (eve) + 17 (morn), 2021
5:30 – 8:30pm + 8:30am – 12:30pm
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Delta Dartmouth – 240 Brownlow Ave. Dartmouth, NS

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 this conference is coming to Halifax. 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
Adria Klein

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Adria Klein

Adria Klein, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of reading education at CSU San Bernardino where she was the Chair of the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education.  Currently, she is the Director of the Reading Recovery Center and Trainer at Saint Mary’s College of California.  A former president of the California Reading Association, she also served on the International Reading Association Board of Directors.  She has her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Reading and ESL. Dr. Klein is the author of numerous professional books and articles including Research in Reading Recovery, Whole-Group Reading Instruction, Small–Group Reading Instruction, Meaningful Reading Assessment, and many children’s books. 

Dr. Klein’s keynote is titled, Oral Language, Reading and Writing: Scaffolding Connections for All Learners by Teaching for Transfer. If we Harness the established power of children’s oral language to literacy learning from the beginning, so that literacy knowledge and oral language processing power move forward together, linked and patterned from the start, that will surely be more powerful. 

A glimpse into Dr. Adria Klein’s keynote address on Friday April 24th

This conference was a great opportunity to learn and discuss with colleagues to inform and improve practice.

Past Conference Participant

Registrationjust $249!
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The topics were so relevant to what I am doing with my students. During the conference a lot of things that seemed puzzling to me were made clear!

Past Conference Participant


There are 12 workshops available to choose from when you complete your registration, including 2 workshops in French. Titles include: Teaching Concepts About Print; Whiteboard Woes; Foundational Learning and Transitioning out of Patterned Text; Record of Oral Language; Creating a Community of Storytellers; I Think I Can, I KNOW I Can; Linking Sound Sequences to Letter Sequences; Developing a Writer’s Toolbox; Bridging Children Into Literacy; Learning Language; Pas de temps pour parler and Déveloper l’oral – dis-moi pourquoi. Workshops are presented by local and national early literacy expert educators with deep experience in classroom teaching, reading intervention specialists, and literacy coaching.

Accommodations and Location

The conference will be held at the beautiful Delta Dartmouth (240 Brownlow Ave., Dartmouth). Book your room for Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Early Literacy Conference. A room rate of $129/night has been secured until March 16, 2021. There is plenty of free parking, wifi, shopping and other local accommodations should you wish to stay in the area.

I was impressed with this conference. The speakers were engaging and had very practical information that I could use right away in my classroom and in daily lessons.

Past Conference Participant


A small group of publishers will be on site with books for purchase and ordering for yourself or your classroom. New publishers are being added regularly. If you are interested in being an exhibitor please email for details.