Past Conference Information


Maximizing Opportunities for Literacy Learning

2016 Conference DetailsIMG_5761 - Small


Monday April 11th and Tuesday April 12th, 2016.


Sheraton Parkway Toronto North
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Who Should Attend?

Reading Recovery professionals
K-3 classroom and ELL teachersIMG_5742 - Small
Literacy teachers and coordinators
Reading specialists
Literacy coaches and coordinators
Curriculum and language arts specialists
School librarians
Special education professionals
School administrators, principals, superintendents, and psychologists

Conference Fees

(Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Full Conference (2 days) = $385.00IMG_0023 - Small

1 Day = $230.00

Our 2016 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Betsy Kaye (Monday)

B.Kaye picBetsy Kaye is a Reading Recovery trainer and Assistant Professor at Texas Woman’s University. She has been involved with Reading Recovery for more than 25 years. Early in her career, she also taught special education and fifth grade. Betsy has published several articles about Reading Recovery teaching, early intervention, and assessment and frequently shares her expertise at literacy conferences in the US and Canada.

Read About Betsy’s Keynote Here

Pat Johnson (Tuesday)

Pat Johnson PhotoPat Johnson has supported both students and teachers as an elementary reading teacher for twenty-six years. She is a Reading Recovery-trained teacher and has served as an adjunct faculty member for George Mason University. Presently, as a literacy consultant, Pat provides staff development for various school districts across the United States and Canada.

Read About Pat’s Keynote Here


Powerful Teaching & Learning

The CIRR National Conference offers an outstanding professional development experience for teachers, principals and senior administrators interested in expanding common understandings and effective practices to maximize student learning and prevent failure.

Our 2015 Conference, which was held in the Spring (April 16-17) was a great learning experience for both Teachers and Administrators alike. Our keynotes, Dr. Charles Pascal (Friday) and Mary Fried (Thursday), started off each day with energizing talks that inspired attendees throughout each day of learning and networking. Additional sessions featuring Dr Ann Ballantyne, Allyson Matczuk, Janice VanDyke, Yvette Heffernan had  teachers walking away feeling accomplished.

Reading Recovery is an evidence-based professional development model designed to ensure that the children who struggle the most with early literacy learning gain the skills they need to access a literate and productive future.

Browse the 2015 Sessions

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Keynote Speaker Mary Fried

Keynote Speaker Mary Fried

Retired RRTeacher Leaders Helen Tomassini and Sue Murdoch at the CIRR Conference table

Retired RRTeacher Leaders Helen Tomassini and Sue Murdoch at the CIRR Conference table

Read About Our 2015 Keynotes

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Charles Pascal


Mary Fried


The CIRR National Conference is widely recognized as the country’s premier professional development experience for teachers of early literacy. Sessions are designed to present sound learning theory together with instructional best practices for K–3 teachers, Literacy Consultants and Coaches, Resource, Special Education teachers and Early Childhood Educators.


This year’s conference – February 13-14 – was an outstanding professional development experience for early literacy educators. Participants from across Canada attended presentations and workshops on a variety of topics. Highlights included: intentional teaching, self-regulation, the power of storytelling, working with reluctant writers, and promoting oral language development.

Keynote speakers Mary Rosser, Jeremy Burman and Itah Sadu delivered powerful messages about the importance of effective and engaging instruction in getting every child off to a strong start in literacy.

Reading Recovery, classroom, special education & resource teachers as well as program coordinators and literacy coaches were engaged and challenged to learn more and think deeply about how research, theory and instructional practice can improve our capacity to support struggling students and help them to become successful readers and writers.

Conference exhibitors attracted high interest with exciting displays of student and professional books, resource materials, educational games and manipulatives, software and software programs. Several publishers provided door prizes for lucky attendees.

Click here for presenters’ handouts from the 2014 conference

Photos from the 2014 Conference