50 Years of Reading Excellence October 5 - 7, 2017 Peoria, Illinois
Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from October 5-7, 2017 for the 50th Annual IRC Conference, 50 Years of Reading Excellence, at the Peoria Civic Center and Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois.
Registering? Pre-register for the 2017 IRC Conference by returning the Registration Form by Mail/Fax or on the secured Online Conference Registration System. Please note that early registration with discounted prices ends on August 15, 2017! On-site registration is recommended for those registering after September 15, 2017. Please note that the meal functions require 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 today for $205 and it includes your conference registration for $160 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.
Interested in Group Rates? Discounted rates are available for groups of 10+ participants. For more information, please see the Group Registration Form.
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, 2017. 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 IRC Book Club? Join educators from all over the state in an online book club! Choose one or two books! Read, reflect on, and respond to The Reading Strategies Book and/or The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo. These seven-week online discussions, beginning June 25, will be your guide to developing skilled readers and writers as you delve deeply into your choice of 5 goals from the texts. Participants who complete all assignments will be eligible to receive 15 PD clock hours for each book club. Participants who participate in one book club during the summer will have the opportunity to participate in the other one during the fall session, which will be offered in October after the 2017 IRC Conference. Register by June 19, 2017 to participate in the book club. Registration is FREE for IRC Members. The cost for non-members is $45, which includes IRC membership for one year. Participants can sign up online or by mail/fax. Book club participants also have the opportunity to attend sessions with Jennifer Serravallo at the 2017 IRC Conference. PLEASE NOTE: Conference registration and cost of book is not included.
Order a Conference or IRC Shirt? Preorder your shirts by August 15, 2017! Conference Shirts can be placed online or by mail/fax. Only preorders will be available for pick-up at the IRC Conference at the Registration Area in the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois. Shirts will not be available for purchase at the conference. IRC Shirt orders can be ordered online and will be sent by mail.
Interested in PD Clock Hours or University Course Credit? Forms for PD CLOCK HOURS will be available at the conference in your Final Program Book. Conferees can also earn one to three hours of college course credit while attending the conference from the University of St. Francis. More information will be available closer to the conference.
Interested in Volunteering? IRC is looking for volunteers to work at the 2017 IRC Conference in the registration booth, at conference events, and in many other areas. If interested, please take a moment to fill out the Conference Volunteer Form by September 1, 2017. Thank you! Your help is much appreciated!
2017 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:
Lynda Blackmon Lowery
M. Colleen Cruz
Harvey "Smokey" Daniels
Matt de la Peña
The 2 Sisters: Gail Boushey and Allison Behne
Becky Anderson Wilkins
For more information or if you would like to receive the 2017 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