Literacy Conference – Toronto

Bright Futures – Setting Foundations for Literacy

Children Reading Books at Park

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

Hazelton Manor Conference Centre

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

Early Bird Registration – just $215
until February 14th!

Regular Registration rate of $249 applies after February 14th. Register early and save!

A glimpse of Dr. Adria Klein’s keynote address topic


Workshops selections will come to your inbox in January. There will be 6-8 workshop options of which you can choose two. We are looking for inspiring individuals to present workshops at this time. If you have wisdom and expertise to share in a practical and applicable 90 minute workshop please submit a proposal. We welcome proposals in English and French and as solo or team presentations.

Closing Keynote

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

Dr. Carl James was appointed as the Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community and Diaspora for a five-year term effective July 1, 2016. Dr. James brings a strong record of scholarship and community engagement to this key position; and as Chair he will focus on addressing issues and concerns related to marginalized people within a framework of equity, inclusivity, and social justice.

Dr. James is widely recognized for his work in ethnically and racially diverse communities and for his role, nationally and internationally, in research around equity and identity as related to race, class, gender, racialization, immigration and citizenship. He is known for his mentorship and is engaged in professional development with social service workers, community agencies and educators.

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. 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. As publishers confirm their attendance their logos will be added here. If you are an exhibitor looking to participate in one of the conferences send an email to