From the creators of

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Because literacy unlocks a successful future for EVERY child.

Stack of Books


A professional development conference focused on literacy taught by a blend of popular authors and respected literacy champions.


When: Friday, March 24, 2023

Where: Provo City Library; Provo, Utah

Cost: $199 

Includes 8 re-licensure hours, a 3-month subscription to TABC Classroom, lunch, and other bookish swag

Choose classes from your professional track or attend others.

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Come for the conference, and then stay for the semi-formal gala celebrating the annual Teen Readers Choice Awards and other inspiring contributions to literacy!

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The Leaning Into Literacy:

A Professional Development Conference registration includes:

  • 8 continuing education hours

  • 3-month subscription to TABC Classroom

  • Lunch

  • Other bookish swag


Program Schedule & Presenters

7:45-8:45 am Registration Check-in Opens                                                     Grand Ballroom
8:00-9:00 am Continental Breakfast and Networking Hour
9:00 am-10:00 am Welcome and Keynote Address                                                 Grand Ballroom
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Maurice Broaddus

Keynote Address

The resident Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute and an editor at Apex Magazine, his work has appeared in places like Lightspeed Magazine, Magazine of F&SF, Uncanny Magazine, & Black Panther: Tales from Wakanda. His books include Sweep of Stars, Unfadeable, Pimp My Airship, Buffalo Soldier, and The Usual Suspects.

10:10 am-11:00 am    Break Out #1
11:10 am-12:00 pm    Break Out #2
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  Lunch and Networking                                                          Grand Ballroom
1:00 pm-1:50 pm    Break Out #3
2:00 pm-2:50 pm    Break Out #4
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm  Closing Ceremonies & Door Prizes            Grand Ballroom
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm  Signing                                                         Grand Ballroom

Course Track Grid

Break Out #1
Making Writing Time a Special Time in Your Classroom
Autoethnography of Saints of the Household: Researching Your Own Culture and Stories
PANEL: Building Community Engagement with your Library
Small Steps, Big Impacts: The Power of an Individual
Break Out #2
Plug and Play: Creative Writing at Your Fingertips
The Ins and Outs of Author School Visits
Developing a collection of books to match kids needs: identity, neurodiversity, experience, etc
Break Out #3
GO ON, CHANGE THE WORLD! ~ An educator workshop on empowering students.
PANEL: Book Challenges and how to handle them
The Proper Care and Feeding of Books: How to make them last
Engaging Kids with Creative Writing
Break Out #4
Brave Spaces: How to reward vulnerability and build courage in students
Using Games to Lure Them In: Getting kids into proximity with books
PANEL: Books we're excited for in 2022-2023
Helping Kids with Work-Life Balance