2018 Annual Illinois Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery® Conference
will be held at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel on January 17 - 19, 2018!

Sponsored by Illinois Reading Recovery® Center for Literacy and National Louis University

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About the Conference

2018 Conference

January 17-19, 2018

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel
200 N Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Check back late summer for additional information.




2017 Conference

January 18-20, 2017

Chicago Marriott Hotel Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave
(Driveway entrance at 541 N. Rush Street)
Chicago, IL 60611

Highlights of the 26th Annual Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference include:

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017, Keynote 
Steven Layne
Author and Professor, Judson University
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Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017, Keynote
Ann Ballantyne
Reading Recovery Trainer, New Zealand Reading Recovery
Jeff Anderson  
Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, Keynote 
Jeff Anderson
Author and Staff Developer
 Todd Whitaker
Friday, Jan 20, 2017, Keynote 
Todd Whitaker
Author and Professor, Indiana State University


 Other presenters include Nancy Anderson, Maryann McBride, Michelle Dufresne, Adria Klein, Todd Hartman, Jim Schnug, Jennifer Flight and many more.

Celebrating 31 Years of Reading Recovery Implementations Across the United States

The 2017 Annual Illinois Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery® Conference is designed to provide superb professional development and networking opportunities for K-9 classroom teachers, intervention (Reading Recovery, Special Education, ESL) teachers, instructional coaches, program specialists, and administrators.

Reading Recovery is an evidence-based professional development model designed to ensure that the children who struggle the most with early literacy learning gain the skills they need to access a literate and productive future. 

Both Reading Recovery and the Comprehensive Literacy Model support professional learning and leadership networks within and across school systems focused on continuously improving outcomes for all students.

Conference sessions emphasize the dynamic integration of literacy learning across the curriculum within the educational agencies and policies that influence systemic school renewal.

Opportunities For Learning More About...

  • The Common Cores State Standards and essentials of school improvement
  • Close Reading and Deep Comprehension
  • Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • How children begin learning to read and write
  • Highly effective intervention instruction
  • Reading Recovery, Descubriendo La Lectura, Literacy Lessons, Special Education, ESL instruction
  • The latest instructional publications and materials

Educational Leadership Strand

On Friday, January 20, 2017, author and professor at Indiana State University, Todd Whitaker, will be the general session keynote and the Educational Leadership Strand presenter.  This strand is offered  for school administrators and leaders including Reading Recovery Site Coordinators, Principals, Literacy Coaches, and others related to specialized role of leading school improvement process.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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