50th Annual Elementary Literacy Conference, April 13, 2018, University of Northern Iowa

50th Annual Elementary Literacy Conference


UNI’s College of Education welcomes you to attend the 50th Annual Elementary Literacy Conference on Friday, April 13, 2018 at the University of Northern Iowa featuring keynote authors Eric Litwin and John Schumacher.

  • Dynamic sessions on literacy education and reaching all learners
  • Continuing Education credits available

Keynote Authors

Eric Litwin

Eric Litwin reading with a guitar

Eric Litwin, the New York Times best selling author of the popular Pete the Cat series as well as The Nuts and Groovy Joe, will be the keynote speaker. Eric’s books have sold more than 8.5 million copies, been translated into 14 languages and have won 18 literacy awards including a Theodor Geisel Seuss Honor Award.

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John Schumacher

John Schumacher smiling with books

John Schumacher (AKA Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. He served on the 2014 Newbery committee, which named the title Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures "the most distinguished contribution to children's literature." He has also served on ALSC’s Children and Technology committee, AASL’s Best Websites for Teachers and Learning, two readers’ choice award committees, the School Library Month Planning Committee, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature selection committee. 

Every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian! In fact, Library Journal named him “The Xtreme Librarian” for the high level of exertion – along with some gears and stunts – he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian.

John blogs daily at MrSchuReads.com. He also hosts the Scholastic Book Fairs web series "Mr. Schu Goes to the Book Fair" and co-edits the "Reader Leader" blog.

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