CRA 53rd Annual Literacy Conference
POSTPONED until 2021

Speaker Proposal Form: Deadline April 10,2020
Exhibitor Prospectus: Deadline October 12, 2020

REGISTER for the CRA Literacy Conference today!
Purchase RAFFLE tickets here.

The Conference Pass includes admittance to the EXHIBIT HALL, both GENERAL SESSIONS and all breakout Sessions/Workshops. Special Event tickets are sold separately. 

Schedule of Events:
Friday, November 13, 2020
2 – 8 pm                    Exhibits Open
12:45 -4:15 pm       Sessions
4:30 – 5:45 pm        General Session – Keynote: Jan Richardson
6 – 8 pm                    Launch Party “Blast Off with Books”
(included in Registration fee)

Saturday, November 14, 2020
7:30 – 8 am               Attendee Morning Coffee
8 – 9:45 am            General Session – Keynote: Tanny McGregor
9:45am – 4:30 pm  Exhibits Open
(closed during Gerry Brooks presentation 12-1pm)
9:45 am – 12 pm    Sessions
12 – 1 pm                  Lunch with Keynote: Gerry Brooks
Additional ticket purchase required
2 – 4:15 pm              Sessions
5 – 7 pm                    CYRM/Eureka Celebration
Additional ticket purchase required
CLICK HERE to download registration form!
If you do not wish to pay PayPal fees, download a copy of the registration form, fill it in and send your completed form along with payment to CRA.
Mailing Address:
California Reading Association
638 Camino De Los Mares, Ste H130/476
San Clemente, CA. 92673
You MUST download the registration form and send PO  via US MAIL.
Please submit ALL registration forms together.
Pre-Service Teachers MUST send proof of current enrollment to CRA. Without proof, teachers must pay the regular registration fees.
Ways to register for CRA's 53rd Annual Conference:
  • MAIL registration form with payment payable to CRA. 
  • FAX registration form with credit card information to 949-481-8163
  • CALL the CRA office with credit card number at 949-547-6664
  • ONLINE through PayPal. PayPal charges an additional processing fee of 2.9% plus .30 cents for each transaction. 
Please pick from the appropriate dropdown menus below and follow instructions for payment. Registration is not complete until all payment information is completed. A payment confirmation will be emailed to you from PAYPAL. Once CRA has received payment, a confirmation letter with conference information will be emailed to you from CRA. 
Friday, Saturday, or Conference Pass (both days)
Then proceed to payment. 
Lunch with Gerry Brooks

GOLD Conference Bundle

Conference Pass (both days)
Lunch with Gerry Brooks 
1 CYRM/EUREKA reception ticket

SILVER Conference Bundle

Conference Pass (both days)
Lunch with Gerry Brooks 

CRA Literacy Conference 2019

Highlights from the 52nd CRA Conference (2019): Reading in Wonderland
 Photos by CRA Board and Text by Dr. Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Editor
The CRA 2019 Conference attendees were treated to two powerful days of literacy learning at Reading in Wonderland: Rekindling the Wonder of Books held at the McClellan Conference Center in Sacramento on October 18-19, 2019. Early Friday morning, CRA Chapter Officers attended a Leadership Retreat, “Fishing for Leadership," where they rekindled their desire to be literacy advocates, planned engaging literacy activities for their members, and networked.

The” Wonder of Reading” was further highlighted on Friday by a tour of Barrett Ranch School, which featured a school culture focused on literacy, including reading lounges where students can curl up, read books and let their imaginations take them on magical journeys.  The whimsical decorations at the Conference Center set the stage for our literacy adventure. A myriad of breakout sessions had participants wondering," Which road do I take?” but as the Cheshire Cat reminds us, “Every adventure requires a first step," and attendees were excited about the variety of sessions. Featured speaker Dr. Adria Klein inspired teachers with her talk on "Powerful Small Group Practices: Scaffolding All Students to Read Complex Texts by Teaching for Transfer."

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, on Friday afternoon, gathered a stellar group of ten outstanding authors who dazzled and delighted participants as they shared the wonder of their fiction and non-fiction books and activities taking us for an adventure in fantasy and reality.
On Saturday morning, we were entertained by singer/songwriter John Farrell followed by keynote speaker Lester Laminack who captivated the crowd with an uplifting speech entitled the “ Wonder of the Read Aloud." Lester modeled how to spark the interest for all children when doing a Read-Aloud followed by thirty-two informative breakout sessions on reading, writing, listening, and speaking, including a Reading Recovery and emergent literacy strand.

An emotional moment at the conference came after lunch when CRA honored the Paradise teachers with gift books bags. Lori Oczkus talked about the fire devastation and the strength of the community to rebuild. John Farrell’s enchanting song written for the Paradise teachers brought everyone to tears, as we passed a firefighter’s boot for more donations and sang our support for the Paradise fire victims.

Exhibits, books, and more books sponsored by the Publishers and authors enticed teachers to preview, buy, and have the authors sign their books. The CYRM/ Eureka celebration was graced with a fantastic talk by author Reyna Grande and also honored the Write On With Reading Award young authors who shared their work.
As Lewis Carroll noted," the best gift you could give (her) is a lifetime of adventure. The 2019 CRA Literacy Conference provided a literacy adventure of ideas, strategies, and books, ensuring all participants  could return to school ready to share the Wonder of Literacy and the power to transform lives.

CRA Professional Development Institute 2018

by Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Ph.D. , Editor
Photos by Terry Rogers

CRA Team Literacy headed by quarterbacks, Dr. Erica Bowers and Tawnya Shaw PDI co-chairs, kicked off this year’s CRA PDI at the Riverside Convention Center on Friday night with a huge tailgate party complete with good food, fabulous cheers, a fantastic football toss contest, pong, a dazzling dance competition and goodie book bags for all new teachers.

The CRA Board, “Coaching Staff “at the 50 yard, line decked out in their 2018 CRA Literacy Team Jerseys, kept the CRA Team Literacy party spirit alive throughout the night. On Saturday morning Erica continued the “Team Literacy” theme by starting the morning with a rousing game of Football and Literacy Trivia Kahoot (a first) followed by the CRA Past Presidents’ Pom Pom Parade.

Keynoter Dr. Adria Klein, addressed teachers, administrators and librarians from around the state of California at the first general session with her inspirational speech” Powerful Small Group Practices: Scaffolding All Students to Read Complex Texts by Teaching for Transfer” which tied in perfectly with the PDI theme “Balancing Literacy- Increasing Access”. Dr. Steven Layne wowed us with his Read Alouds and Dr. Danny Brassell gave us a stimulating literacy pep talk, The Three Secrets to Reading Better. As promised, 2018 PDI participants were once again inspired, empowered, and energized by the ideas and strategies shared by an array of literacy experts, school leaders and noted authors. At the end of the PDI, attendees were motivated to return to their schools and students ready to continue the critical work of Advancing Literacy for All!