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CUC's annual reading conference features local author and reading expert


Registration is open for the 38th 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 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Concordia University Chicago’s River Forest campus, 7400 Augusta Street. This year’s highlights include author and local reading expert Anne Goudvis, EdD, and a special lunch with Becky Noble, librarian at St. Luke’s Elementary School.

Dr. Anne Goudvis, co-author of “Comprehension Going Forward” and “Strategies That Work,” has served as a staff developer with the Denver-based Public Education and Business Coalition for the past 15 years and currently conducts staff development in schools across the country. Her interests include working in school with culturally and linguistically diverse students and integrating reading comprehension instruction with content area topics in social studies and science.

Becky Noble, who also works at Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park, will share the latest books for students, preschool through adults, during a special lunch session.

The Annual Reading Conference joins together reading and pedagogy experts and educators from throughout Illinois who 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 and improving reading programs.

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

After the pre-registration period expires on September 25, prices are $105 for the full conference, $90 for members of the West Suburban Reading Council and $35 for undergraduate students.

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