ILA West 2018

Literacy: A Pathway to Equity

March 16–17, 2018
San Diego, CA

$199 for ILA Members

$249 for Nonmembers

At ILA West 2018, you'll work with fellow teachers, coaches, and administrators in workshop-style sessions to address issues of equity in education and discuss how to bridge the opportunity gap for historically underserved students. Leading literacy experts will provide current research as well as the strategies you need to implement it in your classroom, school, or district. Don't miss this highly focused, interactive professional development opportunity.

"ILA believes that literacy is integral to leveling outcomes for kids. [ILA West 2018] is a really powerful event to help us think about what we need to do to ratchet up our learning expectations and our strategies to deliver on that promise."
—Douglas Fisher, ILA President of the Board

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Keynote Speakers

Glenn Singleton
Glenn has devoted over 30 years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. He is the author of Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools (2006), a protocol for sustained, deep dialogue.

Glenn Singleton

Valerie Ooka Pang
Valerie is a professor at San Diego State University, California, and former elementary teacher. She has published several books on equity in education: Diversity and Equity in the Classroom and Multicultural Education: A Caring-Centered, Reflective Approach.

Valerie Ooka Pang

Stephen Peters
Stephen is the superintendent of Laurens County School District 55, South Carolina, and is the CEO and president of the Peters Group, an education consulting company that is dedicated to creating and sustaining success in schools and districts by supporting educators.

Stephen Peters


Teachers and Coaches Strand
Teachers and coaches are the cornerstones of securing every child's fundamental right to literacy. In this strand, you'll explore concepts that ensure all your students, even the most vulnerable, have the opportunity to become literate, and you'll take home ideas you can implement immediately in your classroom. See strand presenters and sessions.

Early Childhood Educators Strand
More and more, we know the critical importance of equity in the early years of education. In this strand, you'll examine topics like balanced literacy, assessment for instruction, and supporting English learners with a group of early childhood experts to find out how to make equitable learning a reality for every child in grades pre-K–3. See strand presenters and sessions.

Administrators Strand
Build a path to become a literacy leader in your school or district. In this strand, you'll work closely with practitioners and fellow administrators who have created cultures of learning, and you'll leave with tools to empower your teachers through instructional and infrastructure choices that ensure all students grow and succeed. See strand presenters and sessions.

How can I submit a proposal to speak at this event?

We are not accepting presentation proposals for ILA West 2018.




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