Literacy for All: A READing Symposium for Colorado Leaders

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History Colorado Center

1200 North Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

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The reauthorization of the READ Act has brought renewed focus to early literacy development in Colorado. Join Zaner-Bloser for a day of dynamic presentations by experts who will share their knowledge and experiences and a panel discussion to raise the collective discourse on science-based reading instruction.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served, and space is limited. If seating capacity is not reached, ticket sales end November 22, 2019.


8:30 am, Arrival and Breakfast

9:45 am, Keynote | Emily Hanford

Hard Words About How We Teach Kids to Read: What I’ve Learned from Three Years Reporting Across America

Emily sent shockwaves around the globe when her 2018 audio documentary Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read? brought mainstream media attention to the importance of teacher knowledge about the science of reading. In this keynote, Emily will tell the story of how she became interested in early reading instruction after more than a decade of reporting on education mostly at the secondary and post-secondary levels. It’s clear there are no silver bullets in education, but Emily’s become convinced that improving reading instruction is the closest we’ve got.

Emily Hanford is senior correspondent for APM Reports and producer of the audio documentary and article Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read?

11:00 am, Keynote | Dr. Deb Glaser

Reading Teachers as Architects: How Well Are We Building the Foundation?

It is well known that without a strong, well-built foundation, the structure that sits upon it will not last. The materials used to build the foundation must pass inspection for quality and adhere to a standard set of criteria that has been proven to be effective. This analogy is perfect for our discussion of building the foundations for reading. We know what a solid reading foundation is. Are we doing everything we can to ensure that we, the architects, are building strong reading foundations for our students? Build your understanding of foundational reading skills and learn what to watch for in effective primary classrooms.

Deb Glaser, EdD, is president of The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools, an online reading course, and has trained teachers across the country for the past 20 years.

12:20 pm, Lunch

1:30 pm, Panel Discussion | Moderated by Laura Stewart

A diverse panel of reading stakeholders, educators, and allies will discuss the Colorado READ Act, teacher preparation, and professional development. Hear one school district’s transformation story—how they improved reading achievement through a relentless focus on data, school leadership, professional development, and high-quality resources.

Laura Stewart is national director for The Reading League. Her passion is empowering educators with the knowledge to deliver on the promise of literacy for all.


How much do tickets cost?

Tickets are $20 each and benefit COKID (cokid.org). Ticket sales, minus fee and sales tax, will be donated to COKID.

When do ticket sales end?

Ticket sales end November 22, 2019, or sooner if seating capacity is reached.

Can I purchase more than one ticket?

There isn't a limit to the number of tickets one person can purchase, however tickets must be purchased separately for each attendee.

Who can purchase tickets?

Zaner-Bloser reserves the right to limit ticket sales to educators and other qualified attendees.

What are my lodging/hotel options near the event?

There are a variety of options in the area. We recommend calling one of the following hotels near the History Colorado Center or other hotels in the area.

The ART Hotel | 1201 Broadway (across the street from History Colorado Center) | 303.572.8000

Element Denver Downtown East | 1314 N. Elati Street (0.6 miles from History Colorado Center) | 720.614.5555

Staybridge Suites Denver Downtown | 333 W. Colfax Avenue (0.8 miles from History Colorado Center) | 720.428.8818

Where can I park for the event?

Parking meters and surface parking lots are available in the blocks surrounding the History Colorado Center. Covered parking is available a block away at the Cultural Center Complex Garage (65 W 12th Avenue). The current rate for parking 5-7 hours at the Cultural Center Complex Garage is $12 and parking 7-12 hours is $22.

Are meals included with my ticket?

Yes, a complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be served. A variety of options will be available, including vegetarian food. If you have a food allergy, please contact Kellan Fitzgerald at 608.405.2230 or kellan.fitzgerald@zaner-bloser.com before November 22, 2019.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Kellan Fitzgerald at 608.405.2230 or kellan.fitzgerald@zaner-bloser.com with questions.

What's the refund policy?

Refunds will not be provided.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, please print and bring your ticket to the symposium.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your registration information through November 22, 2019.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, but you can update your registration information (change the name, email address, etc.) to effectively transfer your ticket to someone else through November 22, 2019.

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History Colorado Center

1200 North Broadway

Denver, CO 80203

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