READ THE WORLD October 4 - 6, 2018 Peoria, Illinois
Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from October 4-6, 2018 for the 51st Annual IRC Conference, Read the World, at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.
Registering? After September 15th, it is recommended toRegister Onsite. To save time in line, please bring your completed registration form and payment with you. Please note that POs are not accepted and that the meal functions required pre-purchased tickets and will not be available for purchase on-site. Individuals who need special accommodations must make specific requests in writing to the IRC Office at least three weeks prior to the conference. Please take a moment to read the complete General Conference Information policy.
Not an IRC Member? Register at the conference for $240 and it includes your conference registration for $195 and membership fees for $45 for a savings of $5. Fill out the conference registration form ONLY and indicating your preferred local or special interest council to join.
Already registered? Your registration packet including your name badge and your Final Program Book will be available at the IRC Registration Desk at the Peoria Civic Center, Terrazzo Lobby, 201 SW Jefferson Avenue, Peoria, Illinois. Registration hours are: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3, 2018; 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018; 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018; and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Start planning your time at the conference now, by downloading the Conference APP and Final Program Book. On your smart phone, tablet or computer, download the FREE Guidebook App from the Apple Store or Android Marketplace. Then search for the 2018 Illinois Reading Council Conference Guide. Please note that the APP will have the updated schedules, speaker listings, an itinerary planner, interactive maps and floor plans, access to handouts, exhibitor listing, Scavenger QR Code Game, and more.
Housing Reservations? Special rates have been negotiated at Peoria area hotels. To obtain these special rates, reservations must be made directly with the hotels either by phone or online by August 15, 2018. Some of the East Peoria Hotels will provide guests with complimentary shuttle to and from the Peoria Civic Center. Shuttle arrangements can be made directly with the front desk at each hotel. The Peoria Civic Center also has over 700 FREE parking spaces in the Marquee and Fulton parking Lots. To help you plan your stay, you can also review the Peoria Area Downtown Dining Guide.
Join the IRC Book Club? Educators from all over the state will be reading, reflecting on, and responding to A Novel Approach by Kate Roberts and/or Writers ARE Readers by Lester L. Laminack and Reba M. Wadsworth. These seven-week online discussions, beginning October 28, will help you see the power of whole class novels to build a community in your classroom and/or how a reader’s insights can be turned around to provide insights into their own writing. Participants who complete all assignments will be eligible to receive 15 PD clock hours for each book club. Register online or by mail/fax by October 15, 2018.
Interested in PD Clock Hours? Forms for PD Clock Hours will be available at the conference in your Final Program Book. The Illinois Principals Association will also be offering AA credit for the Administrators Academy with Mindy Pudlo.
2018 CONFERENCE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM is online! (Download the PDF) Plan now to join IRC as we welcome and learn from a diverse number of featured speakers who will help teachers, specialists, and administrators from every grade-level and content area. We are pleased to announce this year's featured speakers:
Carole Boston Weatherford
Lester L. Laminack
Steven L. Layne
Gene Luen Yang
Becky Anderson Wilkins
And many Illinois Reads Authors!
For more information or if you would like to receive the 2018 Preliminary Program, please call the IRC Office at 888-454-1341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Illinois Reading Council an affiliate of the International Literacy Association