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The Literacy Promise conference Salt Lake City April 4-6, 2012.

29 March 2012 2 Comments

The David O. McKay School of Education Alumni Society and the Brigham Young University-Public School Partnership are co-sponsoring the 3rd biannual literacy conference this weekend. The Literacy Promise conference is being held April 4-6 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. The conference presenters will target literacy issues for grades 4-12. Educators, administration, and students interested in this age group are encouraged to attend.

The theme of the conference is “Opening Doors for the Adolescent Learner”.  “The name of the conference portrays a commitment as educators that we make to seek best practice and deeper understanding relative to instructing our students,” said Vernon Henshaw, chair of the BYU-Public School Partnership and superintendent of Alpine School District. The conference features presenters addressing a variety of subjects during the conference. “Those who have been selected to participate as presenters represent of the best and brightest individuals currently working in the field of literacy,” Henshaw said.

Conference topics will center around different aspects of literacy such as writing, grammar and editing, teaching strategies, finding solutions to challenges, and engaging students in literacy. “We have invited presenters that are among the best in their respective fields of expertise,” said K. Richard Young, Dean of the David O. McKay School of Education. “Not only are they highly knowledgeable and well respected, but also excellent communicators. They are here to address the theme of adolescent literacy.”

The conference’s keynote speaker will be featured on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Ally Condie is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel Matched. Matched was named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010, was selected as the #1 Pick of the Winter 2010/2011 Kids’ Indie Next List, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly. Condie is a former high school English teacher and lives with her family just outside Salt Lake City.

“It is our hope that you will leave with new knowledge and a renewed determination to support the highest level of student success,” Henshaw said. “We invite you to enjoy the conference as you seek continuous learning and improvement.”

For more information visit: www.theliteracypromise.org

29 March 2012


  • merrell hansen said:

    Just a question. Is there any provision for recently retired faculty members? What would the cost for the conference be? I have attended in the past and loved the experience. The quality of the conference is exceptional. If possible, I would like to attend.

    J. Merrell Hansen

  • Shauna Valentine said:

    We would love to have our MSE emeritus join us at the Literacy Conference next week. Cost for retired faculty is $100. Please register through Robbyn Wagstaff, robbyn.wagstaff@nebo.edu, 801-354-1423

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