2018 Call for Presentations

The Reading League is pleased to put forth a Call for Presentations for its 2nd Annual Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 30 at the historic and newly renovated Syracuse Marriott Downtown.

In addition, this year's conference will feature pre-conference workshops on Monday, October 29 in the late afternoon/evening.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST

“Advancing Evidence Into Practice:

Effective Reading Instruction Begins With Us!”

KEYNOTE Speaker: Dr. Louisa Moats

Dr. Louisa Moats has dedicated much of her work to empowering educators with the knowledge to teach reading effectively.  She authored the LETRS professional development series and multiple books and papers such as Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Straight Talk about Reading, and Basic Facts about Dyslexia.  Dr. Moats has served as Vice President of the International Dyslexia Association and editor of Scientific Studies of Reading and Annals of Dyslexia.

NEW this year!  In addition to the October 30 conference, pre-conference professional development workshops and a featured presenter will be available on Monday, October 29, from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Please join us to share your expertise related to reading instruction with hundreds of educators from across Central New York, across the country, and beyond. All proposals are ranked and evaluated by a blind review committee. 


the 2018 Conference and proposals:

THEME: “Advancing Evidence Into Practice: Effective Reading Instruction Begins With US!”

Many decades of research have revealed the importance of teacher knowledge in relation to reading achievement. We believe that enhancing educator knowledge, rather than focusing on specific methods and programs, is what empowers educators to become highly effective instructors of reading for all students.

Proposals related to evidence-based reading instruction and educator knowledge can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reading instruction and development
  • Dyslexia
  • Assessment
  • Systematic reform of reading instruction
  • Reading instruction for special populations and similar topics
  • New: Practitioner-focused workshops

Abstracts: Limited to 180 words

Proposals: Limited to 1000 words and should include the following: 1) title of the presentation or workshop (10 word maximum), 2) session description (75 word maximum), 3) proposed learning objectives, 4) synopsis that includes evidence supporting the practice, as well as implications and future directions of your topic.  

Include: names and institutional affiliations of presenter(s) and a one-paragraph biography for each.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and significance of the topic to teaching or the assessment of reading

  • Strength of evidence supporting the topic/presentation

  • Connection to the conference theme

  • Clarity of proposal

Please note that as a non-profit organization, The Reading League is not able to reimburse conference presenters for any expenses. Presenters must register for the conference and assume any costs associated with travel and boarding.


Anticipated audience: 450 attendees. Last year’s conference attracted a balanced audience of educators, administrators, and specialists, and we expect the same this year.

Venue: The hotel is the historic former Hotel Syracuse, which was fully renovated into a premiere hotel and conference center in 2016.  There are a variety of break-out room sizes and styles.  For more information, go to: http://marriottsyracusedowntown.com/meeting/floor-plans/


 Historic and newly renovated Syracuse Marriott Lobby

Historic and newly renovated Syracuse Marriott Lobby


Questions regarding proposal submissions should be directed to: Dr. Michelle Storie, Conference Chairperson, at thereadingleague@gmail.com.

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