Literacy Conference – Victoria

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.

April 23, 2021

Victoria, BC

8:30am – 4:30pm

Bear Mountain Resort

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
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Word Study
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Strategies for Struggling or Reluctant Readers
  • English Language Learners
  • Assessment

This is the first time we are bringing this conference to Victoria. 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 keynote address

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

Past Conference Participant

Registrationjust $249!

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Christine Fraser

Christine Fraser, Reading Recovery Trainer, Teacher and Early Literacy Specialist in the Mountain Pacific Region of Canada will provide a closing keynote – Why We Teach!
For all teachers who need some inspiration, this keynote is about celebration, beating the odds, never giving up and ultimately helping our most vulnerable students reach their full potential through literacy. If you need ‘a pick me up’, some humour and the motivation to continue the difficult work that we teachers do, then this is the place to be.


There are 8 workshops available to choose from when you complete your registration, including 2 workshops in French. Titles include: Teaching Concepts About Print Using Big Books; Choose Your Words Wisely; The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing Using the Traits; ABC’s of Phonological Awareness; Accelerating the Progress of Vulnerable Readers; Guided Reading for French Immersion – Oui ou Non (in French); and Harnessing the Power of Oral Language Through Books (in French). 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 Parking

The conference is being held at the Bear Mountain Resort. Participants who require accommodations are welcome to stay at the location of their choosing but if staying at the Bear Mountain Resort you can receive 15% off your room using the following steps:

Click here, then enter the dates, number of rooms and number of guests per room. Then click on Special Rates and select Corporate/Promo/SET. Enter “K6Y” and then view rates and book. This rate is only available for online bookings.

There is plenty of free parking on site but we do encourage car pooling. If you choose accommodations in Victoria there is public transit to Bear Mountain that will take less than an hour.

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

Past Conference Participant


A small group of publishers will be on site with books for purchase and ordering for yourself or your classroom.