2023 Annual Conference

"Literacy Empowers All!"

February 23-25, 2023
Marriott Hilton Head Resort and Spa
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
COVID Information

We understand the disruption and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing locally and worldwide. At this time the PSLA Conference dates and schedule remain unchanged. We are closely monitoring guidance from federal, state, and local authorities regarding travel and COVID-19 and will take proactive measures, as necessary, to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, and staff. The standard conference refund policy will not apply if conference dates are altered due to COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Let’s stay safe!! Please adhere to all safety protocols designated by Marriott and Omni Hotels. We’ll provide as much spacing as possible as well as hand sanitizing stations.

Conference Information

The PSLA Annual Conference is an amazing professional learning opportunity for educators at all levels to come together to learn and grow in order to refine current literacy practices.


The conference supports our primary commitment to promote literacy through the improvement of reading, writing, and communication instruction and to encourage literacy as a lifetime tool for learning.

Online Registration is closed.
On-Site Registration Feb 23-25.
Exhibitor Registration is closed.
Please email us with any questions.

Lodging Information


Marriot Resort & Spa

Start Date: Sunday, February 19, 2023
End Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Last Day to Book: Friday, February 1, 2023
Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
From: $154 USD /night

Lodging Information


Omni Resorts, Hilton Head

Start Date: Monday, February 20, 2023
End Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Group rate: From: $175 plus $20/night resort fee

Note: The Omni does not take personal, school or district checks.

Keynote Speakers

Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third-grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his master’s in administration and has been an elementary principal for 12 years.

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Michele Myers

Michele Myers is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University with over twenty-nine years of experience working with in-service and preservice teachers.

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Douglas Fisher, Ph.D

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been...

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Nancy Frey, Ph.D.

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy...

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Featured Speakers

Whitney La Rocca

With more than 20 years in education, has been a teacher, a literacy coach, and a consultant, working with children and teachers across grade levels, schools, and districts.

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Trevor Bryan

Trevor Bryan (Educator, Author) has been an art teacher in New Jersey for over 20 years. Trevor’s first book, The Art of Comprehension: Exploring Visual Texts to Foster Comprehension,...

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Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher (Educator, Author, Consultant) is a literacy education author and consultant, specializing in the teaching of English Language Arts for grades 4-12.

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Deion Jamison

Deion Jamison is the 2023 South Carolina Teacher of the Year and is a 9th and 10th grade ELA teacher at Legacy Early College in Greenville, SC.

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Frank W. Baker

Frank W. Baker (Educator, Author) is an internationally recognized media literacy educator. He maintains the MediaLiteracyClearinghouse and CloseReadingTheMedia websites.

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C.C. Bates

C.C. Bates (Professor, Author, Consultant) is Professor of Literacy Education at Clemson University and the Director of the Early Literacy Center for South Carolina.

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Tacardra Rountree

Tacardra Rountree is an educator, speaker, and author. She has her Bachelor of Science degree from Fort Valley State University and her Master of Education degree...

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Nathan Clemens

Nathan Clemens is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Clemens studies reading difficulties in children and youth, particularly,...

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Katie Kelly

Katie Kelly (Professor, Author) is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Literacy Graduate Program at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. As a former teacher and literacy coach,...

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Featured Authors

Eric Litwin

Eric Litwin (Author, Musician) is a song singing, guitar strumming, # 1 New York Times best selling, award winning author who brings early literacy and music together.

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Charles R. Smith Jr.

Charles R. Smith Jr. is an award-winning author, photographer and poet with over thirty books to his credit. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award...

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Clare Landrigan

Clare Landrigan (Author) is a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. She leads a private staff development business partnering with school systems...

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Linda W. Jackson

Linda Williams Jackson is the author of Midnight Without a Moon, which was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, a Jane Addams Honor Book for Peace and Social Justice,

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Melinda Long

Melinda Long is the author of several picture books. Her books, HOW I BECAME A PIRATE and PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS published through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...

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Matt Tavares

New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Matt Tavares (Author) created his first picture book as his senior project in college. It eventually became Zachary’s Ball (Candlewick),...

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Blair Williamson

Blair Northen Williamson spent much of her childhood off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina. This environment fostered a passion for sea life. Her love of nature, the ocean,...

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