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UCIRA 2017 Conference

October 27 & 28, 2017

Weber State University
Shepherd Union Building
3910 W Campus Dr
Ogden, UT 84408
(801) 626-6000

For those visiting from out of town, we've made arrangements with the following hotel:

Hampton Inn & Suites
2014 Washington Blvd
Ogden, UT 84401
(801) 394-9400

Just mention the UCIRA Conference when booking your reservation at the Hampton Inn & Suites for a discounted rate.

The first 50 people to register AND sign up for membership or renew existing membership will each receive a free picture book at the conference. So make sure you click the "membership" addition when you're filling out the registration form.

We have some great prizes we're giving away both days. Make sure you register both days for a chance at the best prizes!

Registration IS OPEN!

Register as a UCIRA member, and pay for membership if necessary - $130 two days / $100 one day (+$10 membership). (RECOMMENDED)

Register without membership - $180 two days / $140 one day

Undergraduate Student Registration

Register as a UCIRA member, and pay for membership if necessary - $70 two days / $35 one day (+$10 membership).

Register without membership - $80 two days / $45 one day

Purchase Orders

If you need to pay with a purchase order, you must mail in your registration. Please download the form and mail it in to register.

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2017 Speakers


Bill Teale is a professor of education, university scholar, and director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work has focused on early literacy learning, the intersection of technology and literacy education, and children’s literature. Author of over 150 professional publications, he has also presented conference papers and colloquia in over 25 countries around the world. He has served as a consultant to school districts, libraries, and NGOs in developing programs focused on literacy learning and teaching. As director of the UIC Center for Literacy, he heads projects that provide economically under resourced families with services that facilitate their children’s early development and school readiness. He was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 2003. Bill Teale served as Vice President of the ILA Board of Directors in 2015–2016 and as President in 2016–2017.

Kip Motta is the principal of North Rich Elementary and Rich Middle School where he sees the impact of integrating literacy across the curriculum. Kip is in love with educating and motivating young people. There is nothing better to him than to see a young person excel and achieve when they first thought they could not. Kip is a public speaker utilizing motivational, educational, and leadership skills to develop a desire to become a positive and productive role model and standout citizen, parent, and employee. Outside of his professional life, he likes to fish, fly his airplane, spend time outdoors and especially spend time with his family. He and his wife Cindy also run The Bluebird Inn B&B located in Fish Haven, Idaho.


Justin Osmond has led an extraordinary life and found himself learning vital lessons from his unique circumstances. Growing up with a 90% hearing loss is hard for anyone, but being the son of Merrill Osmond, the lead singer of the world-renowned Osmond Family, made deafness an even bigger challenge for him. This is what makes Justin extraordinary and listening to his story and how he overcame many communication challenges will help teachers not only realize their own potential but also the potential of their students.

Kellie Yates is the STEM Liaison and Outreach Specialist at the STEM Action Center. Formerly, she attended Utah State University and graduated in the area of Technology and Industrial Education. After graduation, she worked as a teacher in the public school system, teaching high school and middle school technology and engineering for 11 years before joining the STEM team. During this time she was also an adjunct faculty member at Utah State University. Ms. Yates is a passionate believer in STEM education and training, and will be using her interests and skills to help advance STEM education in Utah.


2017 Authors


Lyn Ford was the first storyteller in the state of Ohio to be nominated for a Governor's Award for the Arts. She is a regular performer at regional and national storytelling festivals, including the National Storytelling Festival, Hawaii's Talk Story Festival and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Lyn's first publication as an individual author was published in 2012. Affrilachian Tales is a compilation of stories from Lyn's childhood memories, enriched with information on Affrilachian culture.


Gary Hogg is the author of more than twenty books. His hilarious stories include Hair in the Air, I Heard of a Nerd Bird, The Fantastic Dragon Catcher, Welcome to Zombie School, and Help! My Dad is the Lunch Lady. Gary says his fourth grade teacher inspired him to put his wild ideas into stories instead of acting them out in class. She kept her sanity and he became a writer.

Gary's sense of humor and great storytelling ability makes him a popular speaker. He has presented at more than 3,000 schools and conferences inspiring millions to discover their own author's voice. Gary lives in Huntsville, Utah.