2016 NYSRA Conference



NYSRA 2016: The Power of Literacy



Letter from the Conference Committee Chair

Dear NYSRA 2016 Attendees,


Thank you so much for making our 2016 Annual Conference a resounding success. This was the first time in nearly ten years that the conference has been held in Western New York, and you made it an amazing success, with over 800 attendees over the two days of the conference. From the inspiring opening keynote address on Sunday morning from Lucy Calkins, through the closing two-hour institutes on Monday afternoon with Laura Robb and Tim Shanahan, the conference was full of demonstrations of “The Power of Literacy. Thanks to everyone who posted on the NYSRA Facebook and Twitter pages (@nysreading, #nysra2016, #thepowerofliteracy2016). You can view highlights from the conference at https://storify.com/nysreading/nysra-2016#publicize.


We are looking forward to returning to Rochester. If you have any feedback about the 2016 conference and/or suggestions for future conferences, you can send your comments to nysra2016@gmail.com, or complete the conference survey at https://goo.gl/forms/K3PX96JM5HuhfDlX2.


Kathleen Cali

2016 NYSRA Conference Chairperson


Click here or at the sessions tab to the right to see schedule information.

Quick view of the schedule here.

PDF of the conference book here.


Sunday November 13, 2016

Featured and Keynote Speakers

Lucy Calkins, Ph.D -    Passion, Purpose, Voice in Writing:  Reclaiming What We May Have Lost in the Push for Higher Standards

Kelly Gallagher – Teaching Practices That Position Students Closer to Reading and Writing Excellence

Amy VanDerwater – Conferring With Young Writers:  Strategies, Habits and Independence

Jevon Hunter, Ph.D – Enacting Powerful Literacy:  African American Urban Adolescents Transform Literacy Engagement

Nikki Grimes – The Power of Poetry:  Turning on Reluctant Readers

London Ladd – My Journey with Fredrick Douglass

Maureen Boyd, Ph.D – Classroom Talk Matters:  Making a Case for Response- able Talk Practices

Linda Sue Park – Reading Without Walls

Carol St. George, Ph.D – Supporting Student Literacy Learning in Urban Settings

Monday November 14, 2016

Featured and Keynote Speakers

Laura Robb – Intervention: The Key to Student Achievement

Ernest Morrell, Ph.D – Every Child a Super Reader:  7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible

Kathleen Hinchman, Ph.D. – School Literacy Programs for Older Youth: What the Research Says

Nell Duke, Ed.D - Literacy in Project-Based Pedagogy

Sue Novinger Robb, Ph.D & Kathleen Olmstead, Ph.D – Let’s Level with Each Other:  The Impact of Leveling on Children’s Literate Identities

Two-Hour Institutes (separate ticket required, limited seating)

Laura Robb –Read Talk Write: Showing Students How to Think About and Analyze Text

Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D. – Teaching Close Reading


Educational exhibits

Presentations from educators around the state & thoughtful conversations about the power of literacy!

Thank you to current sponsors Rochester Area Literacy Council, University of Rochester, Corwin Literacy, Pearson, McGraw Hill & Scholastic.  Contact us with your questions about the2016 NYSRA conference. 



Share your “Power of Literacy” moment at #thepowerofliteracy