July 13-14, 2016
Shanty Creek Resort - Bellaire, MI
Creating Mountains of Readers & Writers
Creating, shaping, and molding readers and writers can seem like a mountain of a task. The authors, researchers, and illustrators at the Summer Literature Conference will inspire you to reach your teaching PEAK!
From the Island to the Mountain
BIG NEWS!!! Our Summer Literature Conference has a new home! Because of exorbitant increases in room prices at Mission Point, the MRA Board of Directors decided to find a more affordable alternative for our fabulous July conference. We are excited to announce that the 2016 Summer Literature Conference will be held at the Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, MI. The dates are July 13 and 14, which will enable people to attend both Nerd Camp and our conference - #MichiganDouble.
2016 Registration Prices -
Member Conference Registration: $150
Non-Member Conference Registration: $190
Shanty Creek Resort Hotel Information
Guest Room - $119
Studio Parlor - $139
One Bedroom Suite - $208
Two Bedroom Suite - $277
Two Bedroom Condominium - $297
Currently, a 6% state tax, 9% resort fee and 5% CVB assessment is applicable to the room rate. Such tax and assessment fees are subject to change without notice. The charge for an extra person is $15 per person per night.
Subject to availability - the rates above are also available to attendees two days prior and two days after the peak room block dates.
July 13 - Tim Rasinski
Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has written over 150 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 15 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is co-author of the award winning fluency program called Fluency First, published by the Wright Group. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. As well as publishing numerous best selling books withTeacher Created Materials and Shell Education.
Tim recently served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and from 1992 to 1999 he was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. He is also a past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr Award from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education.
July 14 - Steven Layne
When you hear the words Passionate About Reading spoken in a room filled with teachers and librarians, the name Steve Layne is likely to roll quickly off of someone's tongue. Whether he's keynoting a library conference in New Hampshire, training pre-service teachers at Judson University in Illinois, presenting a seminar in Alaska, talking with school children on Guam, or just going one-on-one with a new acquaintance at the local Starbucks - his contagious love for books spills out and over into everything he does. He is, in the words of a recent seminar participant, "the most powerful instrument of change to cross my path in 30+ years working in the schools."
Steve's mission statement is simple and hasn’t changed since he began speaking as an educator and author several years ago."Building lifetime readers is what it’s all about for reading teachers and librarians. If we aren’t doing that - what are we doing? We have to be about this business with every fiber of our being. Infectious - that’s what they should call us! Professionally speaking, from my perspective at least, there isn’t time for much else."