KSLA Annual Conference


2018 Keystone State Literacy Association Annual Conference

The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College, PA

Sunday, October 28 – Wednesday, October 31, 2018

 One Book – One Conference


Peter Hamilton Reynolds’ book is a celebration of finding your own words, and the impact you can have

when you share them with the world!

Jerome discovers the magic of words all around him:

words that connect, transform, and empower.

Meet Peter Hamilton Reynolds, Monday, October 29, 2018

as he shares words that educate, motivate, and inspire.


Join us as we celebrate launching Keystone State Literacy Association.  A new name, but the mission, value and dedication to providing leadership in literacy and education for the Commonwealth remains strong!  

This year’s theme is Literacy’s Legacy, a shared passion, one student, one memory – a legacy multiplied.

What a wonderful time we have planned for 2018!  If you arrive on Sunday, you can participate in a tour of the

Pattee and Paterno Library from 3:00-5:00 (transportation included) or join us for a fun afternoon learning to paint at our Paint Party from 3:00 – 5:00 (materials provided).  These are ticketed events for those arriving early, please refer to the Conference Registration Form.  All attendees arriving Sunday are invited to enjoy Desserts with Exhibitors from 7:00 – 9:00.  

Monday, October 29, general session speakers are Lester Laminack, Peter H. Reynolds, and Laura Robb and Dinner Speaker, John Schumacher (AKA, Mr. Schu).

Tuesday, October 30, general session speakers are Weston Kieschnick, Bernadette Dwyer, ILA President; and Matt Stem, Pennsylvania Department of Education.  

Wednesday, October 31, speakers will be Olivia Van Ledtje (@thelivbits) and featured Book and Author Award Winners (to be announced).  

Featured literacy speakers and authors attending our conference include Melissa Stewart, Roey Ebert,

Donna Jo Napoli, John Schumacher, Frank Murphy, Michael Patrick O’Neill, Kim Briggs, Greg Pizzoli, and

Lindsay Barrett George.

This is a tentative list of presenters.  In addition to these nationally known speakers scheduled to appear, you will also have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions and workshops led by fellow classroom educators eager to share their best teaching practices with you.  The Preliminary Conference Program will be available in July. Continue to check the website, www.ksrapa.org for updates.  In addition, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

I know you will find this conference to be a wonderful learning experience and discover new ways to transform your students and help them realize their full potential and the benefits that lifelong learning brings to their lives.  


See you in State College!

Kathy Sagl, 2018 Conference Chair

Submission for Program proposals is closed as of April 1, 2018.  You are welcome to e-mail Michael Williams at ndguy1979@gmail.com with any questions.

Confirmation of proposal receipt will be issued by May 1, 2018. The Program Chair will send a formal invitation to the person submitting a proposal that is accepted for the 2018 KSRA conference program.

Thank you for your program proposals.