The Dublin City School District's goal is education and Feb. 21 that mission will be extended to teachers from throughout central Ohio and beyond.

The Dublin City School District's goal is education and Feb. 21 that mission will be extended to teachers from throughout central Ohio and beyond.

The 26th annual Dublin Literacy Conference is expected to draw nearly 600 educators to Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road, Feb. 21 to learn and share ideas about literacy.

"Registration is still going on, but we usually get 500 or 550 teachers from across Ohio and this year we have teachers presenting coming from New York, Indiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania," said Lauren Scott, conference chairwoman and a Glacier Ridge Elementary School teacher.

"Primarily we get teachers from all over Ohio and have a lot of teachers from the Midwest."

The daylong conference includes sessions from fellow educators and authors about subjects that range from using technology to teach literacy and storytelling to research and using writing in math.

"We always get great feedback," Scott said.

"Also Otterbein (University) will have some student teachers come and listen.

"If I'd know about this in college I would have gone," she said.

Teachers will also get a chance to learn from students at the conference with tech talks, a new feature this year.

"We've had tech talks from professional tech people over the last couple years," Scott said.

This year, however, Dublin students from the elementary through high school levels will be on hand to talk about different programs, applications and websites they've utilized in projects.

"Teachers always love to hear about what students are doing," Scott said.

"I enjoy hearing from the perspective of a child."

The Dublin community can also get in on the learning with two sessions at the literacy conference.

Free sessions open to Dublin City School District families include "Watch. Connect. Read." from author John Schumacher from 9 to 10 a.m.

"John Schumacher is a librarian who will share about reading and websites and how to use the library and resources," Scott said.

"It'll be really great for families because sometimes going to the library is overwhelming."

"Books that Move!" will be presented by illustrator Paul Zelinski who will address the book-making process from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The family sessions are free and registration is due by Feb. 16.

The sessions are limited to the first 100 participants and registration can be completed online.