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The Literacy Promise Conference focuses on engaging adolescents in literacy.

Author Brandon Sanderson will be the keynote speaker at the 4th biennial Literacy Promise Conference in Salt Lake City. The conference, which targets issues in teaching literacy for grades 4-12, will feature several well known researchers and professionals in the field of literacy and literacy education.

Sanderson, a BYU alumnus, is author of the popular fantasy series Mistborn. He has also published several novels including Elantris, Warbreakers, The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist, and various books for middle-grade students as well as young adults. In 2007 Sanderson was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s best-selling Wheel of Time series; the final book, A Memory of Light, was released in 2013. Currently living in American Fork, Utah with his family, Sanderson teaches creative writing at BYU.

The McKay School alumni board collaborated with the Center of Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES) to establish the conference as ongoing professional development for school districts in the BYU- Public School Partnership. The Literacy Promise attracts between 800 and 1200 attendees, who come to hear nationally recognized researchers, educators, and authors. Teachers and administrators learn about research and experience related to literacy instruction for pre-teen and teenage students.

Gary Seastrand, CITES associate director for professional development, highlighted the opportunities that are available for conference attendees. “This conference gives an opportunity for local teachers to attend a high quality conference, hear the latest research, and learn the best practices to improve their teaching skills,” Seastrand said. “We want teachers to be able to return to their schools having gained new knowledge, fresh innovative ideas, and an enthusiasm for teaching their students and improving their literacy skills.”

Topics at the conference will focus on different aspects of literacy such as writing, grammar, editing, and technology. Strategies for educators to help their students become more engaged in literacy will be presented. Particular strands available at the conference include ELL, CTE, and all content areas.

The event will take place on March 12–14 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Interested educators, administrators, and students are encouraged to attend. For more information about the event, visit Special student pricing is available. If interested in special pricing, please contact Joyce Terry at (801) 422-4646.