The 2014 UCIRA Conference is September 26-27. Registration opens at 7:30am both days.

Please download the form and mail it in to register.

The flyer is useful for handing out to people and posting to bulletin boards. Please download the flyer and distribute freely as you see fit.

The conference program lists the schedule of sessions for both days of the conference.


Radisson Hotel SLC Downtown
215 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Parking is free for those registered at the hotel, and $3-4 dollars in the lot across the street.

2014 Conference Keynote Speakers

Lori Oczkus is a literacy coach, author, and popular speaker across the United States. Tens of thousands of teachers have attended her motivating, fast paced workshops and read her practical, research-based professional books. Lori has extensive experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, intervention specialist working with struggling readers, and staff developer and literacy coach. She works with students every week in classrooms and really knows the challenges that teachers face in teaching students to read! Lori has been inducted in the California Reading Association Hall of Fame for 2009 for her many contributions to the field of reading in California and internationally. Lori’s best selling books include Best Ever Literacy Survival Tips: 72 Lessons You Can’t Teach Without (IRA, 2012); Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension (IRA 2010); Interactive Think Alouds (Scholastic, 2009); Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results (Heinemann, 2007).

Dr. Timothy Shanahan is the Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is a member of the Common Core State Standards development team for ELA, Grades K-12. He is a past president of the International Reading Association, a former director of reading for Chicago Public Schools, and an inductee into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007. Follow Dr. Shanahan's blog at
Laurie Elish-Piper is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University.  She also serves as the Director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic and Co-Director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy.  Her research and teaching focus on literacy assessment, supporting struggling readers, readers' rights, literacy coaching, and family literacy.  She has co-authored seven books including The Common Core Coaching Book (Guilford Press), Literacy Strategies for Teacher Candidates (Pearson), A Declaration of Readers' Rights: Renewing Our Commitment to Students (Allyn & Bacon) and Teaching Reading Pre-K – Grade 3 (Kendall/Hunt). Her articles have appeared in The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult LiteracyLiteracy Research and Instruction, and Elementary School Journal.

Prior to her current position, Laurie worked as an elementary teacher, middle school reading teacher, and educational therapist in a clinical setting.  Laurie is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association (2013-2016).  She resides in Geneva, IL with her husband of twenty-five years, Steve, their fifteen-year-old son, Michael, and their dilute calico cat, Lyla.

Dr. P. David Pearson is a faculty member in the programs in Language and Literacy and Human Development at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Dean from 2001-2010. Current research projects include Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading -- a Research and Development effort with colleagues at Lawrence Hall of Science in which reading, writing, and language as are employed as tools to foster the development of knowledge and inquiry in science -- and the Strategic Education Research Partnership--a collaboration between UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the San Francisco Unified School District designed to embed research within the portfolio of school-based issues and priorities. He also works with teachers in middle and high schools in New York City to figure out how to promote deeper learning as teachers try to navigage the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Prior to coming to Berkeley in 2001, he served on the faculties of education at Michigan State, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Awards include the 1989 Oscar Causey Award (NRC) for contributions to reading research, the 1990 William S. Gray Citation of Merit (IRA) for contributions to reading research and practice, the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award (IRA) for the year's best reading disability publication, and the 2003 Alan Purves Award (NCTE) for a publication impacting practice. In 2006 the University of Minnesota honored him with the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, and in 2010 AERA presented him Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. In 2012, the Literacy Research Association established the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award to be given annually to honor research that exerts a long-term influence on literacy practices and/or policies.

He is the founding editor of the Handbook of Reading Research now in its fourth volume, he edited Reading Research Quarterly and the Review of Research in Education, and he has served on the Editorial Review Board for some 20 educational journals. Professor Pearson received his B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, taught elementary school in California for several years, and went on to complete his Ph.D. in Reading Education at the University of Minnesota. He completed post-doctoral study at the University of Texas, Austin and Stanford University.

2014 Conference Authors

Shannon and Dean Hale are the husband-and-wife writing team behind the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, both illustrated by Nathan Hale. Shannon Hale is also the New York Times best-selling author of nine children's and young adult novels, including multiple award winners The Goose Girl, Book of a Thousand Days and the Newbery Honor recipient Princess Academy. Her latest, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends, was published in October 2013. She is also the author of three books for adults, beginning with Austenland, which is now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with their four children.

Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders and Fablehaven series. Brandon resides in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his wife and four children. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once won a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house, earning a gold medal.