Dublin City Schools' annual literacy conference is turning 20.

Dublin City Schools' annual literacy conference is turning 20.

The Dublin Literacy Conference will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, offering sessions for teachers, librarians, parents and students on literacy in all subjects.

"It's the 20th year and that's one of the biggest things that we'd like to capture in some way. We've had 20 years at being one of the largest in Greater Columbus," said Matt DeMatteis, a fifth-grade teacher at Pinney Elementary and last year's conference chair.

"The neat thing we do that's different than a lot of literacy conferences is we have professional author and teacher presenters. Some of them are teachers from our district or outside our district," he said. "It's really meant for teachers, librarians, anyone who teaches literacy in elementary and middle schools. It's not geared toward just one type of teacher or one grade level."

The conference has attracted 700 to 800 people in previous years, although the largest crowd reached more than 1,000.

"I think normally the big draw is the featured authors," DeMatteis said. "This year we have the 'Two Sisters' who have written professional books on literacy. I think they'll be a big draw. Ruth Culham is a keynote speaker and she is an outstanding professional author and Johanna Hurwitz is our other keynote speaker. She's a children's author and she's been around for a very long time and has produced unbelievable children's books. It should be very exciting to see."

Sessions with teachers and authors will talk about students slipping through the cracks, engaging new readers, storytelling and more.

"Reading and writing is an interesting, dynamic thing because no matter what language, what nationality, what subject you're teaching, literacy is embedded," DeMatteis said. "This is a way to get teachers to feel passionate and inspire student participation, reading and writing."

With every session touching on several subjects, DeMatteis said attendees will get lessons on application as well.

"Every session is kid-centered. It's all about kids; how do you take what you learned and apply it in the classroom," he said.

Teachers won't be the only ones offered learning experiences at the conference -- free sessions for parents and students also are scheduled.

"Students can come and work with authors and go through workshops about reading and writing. They have a chance to not only meet an author but parents get tips on how to read with their child," DeMatteis said.

Grace Lin, author of books including "The Year of the Rat," "Bringing in the New Year" and "Dim Sum for Everyone" will speak from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. on her book, "Year of the Dog."

The "Two Sisters," Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, will hold a session for parents and students from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on "The Dos and Don'ts of Reading with Your Child."

Registration for the literacy conference is due by Feb. 6. The deadline to register for the parent and student session is Feb. 11.

For more information or to register, look online at www.dublinschools.net.

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