2021-2022 Events

September Program

Increasing Engagement in Both Virtual & In-Person Classrooms 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm

Zoom Room opens at 4:20 pm


3 Act 48 hours

Presenters: Kim Freese & Kelly Bane

It’s no secret that the students in our classrooms today do not have the ability to attend and focus that students even 10 years ago did. The pandemic left an indelible mark on education, and thrust technology into our classrooms despite our ability to keep up! This presentation will equip you with some new methods and apps to try out with your students in both the virtual and in-person classrooms. We strive to share techniques that we have utilized and discovered increased engagement in our secondary classrooms- student approved!

October Program

Communication as a Cultural Crossroad:  Looking at Language Diversity in the Classroom

Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4:30 - 7pm


2 Act 48 hours

Presenter: Renee Jacobs

This workshop aims to explore some of the ways that literacy instruction is impacted by language.  The session will provide educators with information and classroom ideas related to language as a vehicle for a holistic learning experience in the literacy classroom.

January Program

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science!  Launching into Effective Literacy Instruction

Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 9:00 am-12 pm via ZOOM  

Zoom room will open at 8:50 AM.

3 Act 48 hours are available.  No other types of CEUs will be awarded. 

Presenter: Pam Kastner

Learning to read with comprehension is a complex multifaceted skill. Although educators have long known how critical literacy is to success in school and life, teaching children to read requires “rocket science” depth of knowledge in the systems of our language and related evidence- informed practices.  In this session we will explore the foundational frameworks that underpin the science of reading and the language systems of the English language. Participants will engage in exploring phonology, orthography, and morphology by analyzing student spelling to inform instruction and intervention.   

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March Program

Generative Vocabulary

Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 4:30 - 7pm

Virtual - Zoom 

2 Act 48 hours

Presenter: Kristen Pereira, 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