Literacy Conference – Toronto

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.

Children Reading Books at Park

April 23, 2020
Toronto, Ontario
8:30am to 4:30pm

Hazelton Manor 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 conference was not in Ontario last year. You won’t want to miss this learning experience!

The depth of knowledge and the quality of the workshops was wonderful and provided so much practical information!

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. 

This conference is high quality professional development for teachers. Highly recommend!

Past Conference Participant

Registration – just $249
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A glimpse of Dr. Adria Klein’s keynote address topic


There are 8 workshop options available to choose for two concurrent workshop sessions when you complete your registration. Titles include: English Language Learners: Breaking Barriers by Building Bridges, Connecting Language & Literacy: A Second Look at Running Records to Target Instribtion for English Language Learners; Teaching Beyond the MSV: Empowered Analysis of Running Records; How to Support Students to Read Level 3 and Beyond; Supporting Students at the Emergent Stage of Literacy; and Two Case Studies of Children with Low Proficiency in Spoken English). Workshops are presented by local and national early literacy expert educators with deep experience in classroom teaching, reading intervention specialists, and literacy coaching.

Closing Keynote

Dr. Carl James, Professor of Education, Community & Diaspora at York University

Carl E. James teaches in the Faculty of Education at York University where he also holds the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora, and currently serves as the university’s Affirmative Action, Equity & Inclusivity Officer. His scholarly interests include examination of accessible schooling with a focus on the issues and concerns of marginalized and racialized communities using a framework of equity, inclusivity, and social justice. In his work, he explores how race, ethnicity, gender, class and immigrant status/citizenship intersect and mediate schooling opportunities and educational outcomes for racialized students. James holds a PhD in Sociology; and is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His forthcoming publications include: Colour Matters: Essays on the Experiences, Education and Pursuits of Black Youth.

Keynote Address: What does race have to do with it? Creating the foundation for the engaged literacy learner.

In this talk, notwithstanding, that race is a social construct, I will explore the significance of giving consideration to the racial identity of literacy learners in terms of learning materials, curriculum, pedagogy, and program with the understanding that learning can best be attained when children feel engaged and affirmed. Hence, a teaching-learning environment in which racial identities and related social and cultural capital of students and families are acknowledged as critical components of learning.

Accommodations and Parking

The conference is being held at the Hazelton Manor Conference Centre in Vaughan. Participants who require accommodations are welcome to stay at the location of their choosing, however we do have a special rate secured at the Courtyard by Marriott Toronto/Vaughan of $149/night including breakfast. Click here to book your room. The rate is held until March 23, 2020. Some other options for local accommodation include: Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan; Residence Inn by Marriott Toronto/Vaughan; and the Four Points Sheraton Vaughan. The location is accessible by subway and local public transit. There is plenty of free parking on site.

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

Past Conference Participant


A small group of publishers will be on site with books for purchase and ordering for yourself or your classroom. Raffles, discounts and special order items will also happen through out the day.