2022-2023 Events

October Program

STEM infused Literacy

Saturday, October 15, 2022 

8:30 AM to Noon

In Person at Chester County Intermediate Unit  

Presenters: Emily Trace, Ryan Kaiser, Amy Crider

Emily, Ryan and Amy have been working together at the Greencastle-Antrim School District for over 2 years, finding simple and effective ways to incorporate STEM into literacy instruction using authentic and diverse mentor texts.  In doing so, students engage in new ways to respond, create, and connect to experiences while expressing their learning through STEM and hands-on experiences.  Our vision is to share some of our experiences with you, allowing time to play, share and collaborate along the way!

January Program

Science of Reading Part II

Saturday, January 14, 2023


Presenter: Dr. Pam Kastner

The focus of this second session offered  by Dr. Pam Kastner will be a continuation of the tenets of  the science of reading in addition to instructional practices.

March Program

How to Motivate Readers Through Booktalks & Book Clubs

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Virtual - ZOOM

Presenter: Lynne Dorfman & Brenda Krupp

Classroom communities are built through conversation where enthusiasm and struggle are shared. This presentation highlights read alouds, book chats, and book clubs to help students become the driving force of literary response and book choice in your classroom.  See student-led book clubs, watch readers book talk books to their peers, and consider ways to use read alouds that can develop greater cognitive skills as they learn to engage with and critically evaluate the texts that they read through shared reading and writing experiences.

April Program

Author Event: Social Emotional Challenges of Teens

Wednesday April 19, 2023

In Person - Barnes & Noble, Exton 

Presenter: YA Author Kate Walton

Kate will share her process for writing—the why and the how. She’ll discuss the teen social emotional challenges addressed in her contemporary YA novels CRACKED, EMPTY, and ULTIMATUM. The author will also highlight powerful yet practical ways to use her novels for class discussion/writing to open students’ hearts and minds.

March Program

Generative Vocabulary

Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 5- 7pm  (Celebrate Literacy Award will be announced at 5, with program to immediately follow).

Virtual - Zoom 

2 Act 48 hours

Presenter: Alexandra Huggins, Senior Literacy Consultant, Savvas Learning

Of all the features of complex text, vocabulary is the one that best predicts students’ success with comprehension.   It is also the feature that is the most straightforward to teach.  But with so many words in the English language, how do we find time to teach the 3,000+ new words students need to learn every year?   GENERATIVE VOCABULARY!  


Using generative instruction, vocabulary words are taught in clusters, not in isolation.  Words are chosen for the richness of their morphological family, their centrality to academic texts, and their role in a particular text.  


Participants in this workshop will be actively engaged in a series of Generative Vocabulary lessons and leave the session with ideas that can be implemented in any classroom, regardless of curriculum or reading program.

April Program

Teaching Social Emotional Competencies Through Literature with Author Linda Elovitz Marshall


Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 4:30 - 7pm

Virtual - Zoom 

2 Act 48 hours


Linda Elovitz Marshall, Author in association with Lee & Low Publishers

In this workshop author Linda Elovitz Marshall will share strategies using a few of her children's books to teach social emotional competencies. She will model how to incorporate SEL strategies with her books. Bring a lesson you have previously designed using a book or story that you can consider expanding upon using the methods Linda will share.  Learners will be in breakout rooms to work together and to get some extra, personal guidance from Linda.

KSLA Conference - November 2021

Keystone State Literacy Association 54th Annual Conference

Literacy's Place in a Digital World
November 28, 2021 - November 30, 2021
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA