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Equitable Literacy Conference
January 21-23, 2022
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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One word: SUPPORT!!!! Educators need it. Parents need it. Students need it. You have plenty of guidelines and mandates. You need solutions. 

Our 2022 Equitable Literacy Conference is all about meeting needs. We hear your exhaustion and frustration but we also see your passion, diligence, and perseverance for your students. This conference is all about practicality and high-impact/low-prep strategies that will truly promote literacy achievement. How will we do this? TOGETHER! Together, we are stronger. Together, we build communities. Together, we are BETTER! You'll experience expert keynotes on topics that are immediately relevant to you. You'll also be offered breakout sessions specific to your need, position, and interest. You'll leave with a foundation in: Community, Integration, Engagement, Resources, High-Impact/Low-Prep Strategies, Differentiation, Streamlined Planning Tools, and Evidence Driven Information.


Let's Look At Our High-Impact/Low-Prep Lineup


  • Keynote Speaker Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School. Rollins Center for Language and Learning, and Cox Campus

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Judith Cohen, President, International Dyslexia Association,  Florida Branch

  • Instructional Implications of Social/Emotional Learning

  • Meeting the Needs of our English Language Learners and Struggling Readers


Session topics

  • Novel Studies

  • Stacking the BEST Standards

  • Building Classroom Communities

  • Creating an Observation Tool

  • The Reading Brain

  • Writers' Workshop

  • Using Text to Integrate Your Curriculum

  • Rhetoric: Basics and Beyond


for you

  • Open Mic Q&A of BEST Standards

    • This is the chance to ask YOUR questions.

  • Friday Evening Mixer

    • Let's Build Community

  • Equitable Literacy Conference T-shirt

    • Because it's what all the cool kids are wearing.

  • High-impact/Low-prep strategies with next-day relevance 

    • Because 2021 has been harder than 2020!

  • 12 Hour PD Certificate

    • Because you worked hard while you were having fun!​


Let's Meet Our Keynotes

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Comer Yates has served for 23 years as Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School, the nation’s most comprehensive language and literacy center with four schools, clinical programs and the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy. The School impacts the lives of approximately 1,400 children and adults on its campus and tens of thousands of students across Georgia and the nation through its Rollins Center’s professional development program and its free online Cox Campus ( with 185,000 members from all 50 states and 82 countries. The Rollins Center concentrates on providing educators with the capacity to break the cycle of illiteracy for children whose families have experienced generational lack of access (or denied access) to educational opportunity. Mr. Yates is a former high school teacher, practiced law for fifteen years, and was an adjunct professor at Emory Law School. He currently serves as Chair of the Atlanta Rotary Education Foundation, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region, is on the cabinet of Get Georgia Reading, and is on the Board of Directors of Camp Twin Lakes. He is also past chair and member of Georgia’s Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 


Dr. E. Judith Cohen is the Director of Clinical Experiences and teaches literacy courses in the Special Education Program in the School of Education and Human Development, at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, Florida. In addition, she serves as the current president of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)-Florida Branch.

Previously, she was a classroom teacher and clinician at the McGlannan School for 20+ years, where she taught students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, and related language and reading disabilities. She also worked as an educational consultant for the Wright Group/McGraw-Hill, and maintained a private practice, where she provided diagnostic teaching for students with reading disabilities. She has presented at numerous conferences and professional development workshops, both locally and nationally. Her area of expertise focuses on evidence-based strategies that promote student growth in language and literacy, particularly for students with dyslexia. 

Let's do something great...together!

We can't wait to see you there.  If you have any questions, please email

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Meet Our 2022 Equitable Literacy Conference Partners

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Four-part K-12 workshop series including:

  • Session 1: Back to Basics: We're starting at the beginning with a look at Scaffolding for Differentiation, Brain Science, The Science of Reading, The Reciprocity of Reading and Writing.

  • Session 2: Vocabulary: We all know the importance of vocabulary but how can we teach it most effectively?  Let's dive into the process of vocabulary acquisition as well as high-impact/low-prep vocabulary instructional strategies. 

  • Session 3: Writer's Workshop: Join us on our deep dive into all things writing.  This is going to boost your student's literacy usage and build your confidence for instruction on the writing process, effective grammar and language strategies, and writing for a variety of purposes. 

  • Session 4: Word Analysis Strategies: We're going to wrap up our workshop series with a breakdown of how to instruct students in the complex process of word analysis; we're going to talk phonics, word study, morphology, and how to maximize your students' ability to accurately determine unknown words when they encounter them in text.  

You'll Receive:

12-hour PD Certificate (for entire series)
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Hands-On, High-Impact Instruction

Lifetime Access to Shared Digital Resources

Collaboration, Community, and Capacity
for your CLASSROOM!

All workshops will be from 5-8 and will feature either a
Happy Hour option or be BYOB.

Details vary by venue.

All In - All Four Sessions



All Four Workshops
12-hour PD Certificate 
Literacy With A Twist T-Shirt
Lifetime Access to Shared Digital Resources

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Individual Workshop(s)
3-hour PD Certificate 
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Lifetime Access to Shared Digital Resources

Current Locations:

Bainbridge, GA

Sio's on The Square 
11/15, 11/29, 12/06, 12/13

Tallahassee, FL 
Location and Dates Coming Soon!


Who We Are

We are educators driven by a passion to support the work of other educators.  We believe all students have the capacity for literacy acquisition. We also believe that classrooms are magical places. We welcome our students into our classrooms and build communities.  We show our students how to convert marks, pictures, and sound to meaning. We go a step further and help them to glean meaning from the marks, pictures, and sounds of others. We then connect them to the thoughts of people writing halfway around the world, of people writing millennia ago. We share the discourse between poets, novelists, and philosophers separated by centuries and then invite our charges to join the conversation. 


Effective literacy instruction should be enjoyable, engaging, and foster a love of reading. Students should interact with concepts, texts, and language in a way that builds excitement. If students aren’t enjoying the process, let’s reexamine the process. If you, as the educator, aren’t enjoying the process, then they aren’t enjoying the process; again, let’s reexamine the process. Neither learning nor teaching have to be drudgery. Studies show that the most tedious practices are indeed counter effective. Let’s not do tedious things that do not yield results. There is no place for it because what we do is magic. 

We will provide you with customized solutions to your most pressing needs and challenges.  The result is higher capacity,  accelerated learning, and a reduction in achievement gaps. 

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