Educators will learn how to better meet students’ reading and writing needs at the UCF College of Education’s 13th-annual Literacy Symposium.

The professional development event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Education Complex Gymnasium at UCF’s East Orlando campus.

The symposium is open to all pre-kindergarten through high school teachers, staff and administrators. The day will focus on celebrating literacy and learning, and this year’s theme is Response to Instruction/Intervention (K-12).

The Literacy Symposium provides educators with expert knowledge and a chance to talk about effective practices and common goals. The symposium also offers UCF graduate students the opportunity to present some of their research.

Throughout the day, presentations by educators, experts and specialists will focus on topics such as quality instruction, mathematics, vocabulary, comprehension and technology.

The keynote speakers will be John Hoover, a research associate in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Susan Ebbers, a nationally known author and expert on vocabulary growth and a doctoral candidate at the University of California at Berkeley.

Special guest speaker Cheryl Conley, an elementary education and middle school science teacher at Osceola Magnet Elementary School, will talk about her love for learning.

To register for the symposium, click here. For more information, including an agenda, click here.