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Concordia-Chicago’s reading conference features local author and reading expert


Registration is open for the 37th Annual Reading Conference co-sponsored by Concordia University Chicago’s Department of Innovation and Outreach and the West Suburban Reading Council.

Annually drawing educators from throughout the Midwest, the conference takes place October 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Concordia University Chicago. Keynote speakers include author Gary W. Moore and local reading expert Dr. Donna Ogle.

Gary W. Moore is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Playing with the Enemy,” winner of the 2006 Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year. “Playing with the Enemy” is currently being made into a major motion picture by Academy Award winning producer, Gerald Molen. Gary is also a contributing author for “Chicken Soup for the Father & Son Soul.”

Donna Ogle, EdD is Professor of Reading and Language at National-Louis University. Her areas of work include content literacy and school–based professional development. She is currently senior consultant to the Chicago Striving Readers Research Grant and is a director of the Chicago Literacy Initiative Partnership (CLIP) in Area 6 of the city.

At the Annual Reading Conference, reading and pedagogy experts and educators from throughout Illinois will present sessions on reading and its integration across the curriculum, designed to help teachers bring research-based best practices into their classrooms.

Topics include technology in the classroom, strategies for the struggling reader, using motivational tools to aide in reading comprehension, improving reading programs and much more.

Participating teachers will receive 7 continuing professional development units (CDPUs) toward Illinois teacher certification renewal.

General registration is $95; $80 for members of the West Suburban Reading Council; $60 for undergraduate students.

For more information and a registration form, click here or contact Carol Smid, Concordia University Chicago, at 708-209-3024 or