46th annual conference on elementary literacy at UNI

March 27, 2014

Amelia Holden-McMurray, communications and marketing coordinator, College of Education, 319-273-3214, amelia.holden-mcmurray@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will host the 46th annual Elementary Literacy Conference on Friday, April 11, in the Schindler Education Center. The conference is free to UNI students and faculty, $45 for retired teachers and $90 for current educators and the general public.

The event will include multiple sessions on topics in the areas of literacy, arts integration and the Common Core standards. It will feature keynote speakers Gary Kelley, illustrator, and J. Patrick Lewis, poet and prose writer. Kelley and Lewis have worked together to create several award-winning books, such as "And the Soldiers Sang" and "The Stolen Smile."

"The UNI literacy conference has always provided a great opportunity for educators to learn from authors and illustrators," said Pam Ziegler, director of elementary education for the Cedar Falls Community School District. "By sharing what was learned from the authors and reading the books to the students, the students were motivated to write their own stories and read more stories by the authors."

There will be a pre-conference event from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 10, at the Hearst Center for the Arts in Cedar Falls where Kelley and Lewis will talk about their work. A new piece of art that Kelley created for the conference will be showcased. The pre-conference event is free and open to the public.

Kelley and Lewis' books will be available for purchase and signing at the pre-conference and conference. For additional information or to register, visit www.vpaf.uni.edu/events/elc