Keynote Speakers
Pam Allyn

Pam Allyn is a world-renowned literacy expert, author, motivational speaker, and Senior Vice President, Innovation & Development, Scholastic Education. She is the Founder of LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy movement serving children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. Pam and LitWorld created LitCamp, in partnership with Scholastic, a transformational summer learning solution that combines social emotional learning and literacy skills development.

Pam is the author of 27 books for educators, leaders and families on reading, writing and quality learning, including Every Child a Super Reader (Scholastic, 2015), co-authored with Dr. Ernest Morrell.

Pam has received many awards for her work, including The Children’s Village Legacy of Service Award and the Scholastic Literacy Champion Award, both for bringing the joy and power of reading to children. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College, Columbia University in April 2017.

Pam is featured widely in traditional press and on social media as a literacy expert for both families and educators. speaking to the power of education and literacy to transform lives and to create gender and racial equity and participatory citizenship in every child.

Dr. Brad Wilcox

Dr. Brad Wilcox taught sixth grade in Provo before obtaining his PhD and becoming a professor at Brigham Young University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in teaching reading, writing, and children’s literature. Brad grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. Brad and his friend and colleague Tim Morrision coauthored the textbook Developing Literacy: Reading and Writing To, With, and By Children.  Brad is also the author of the popular children’s book, Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae!  He and his family have also lived for a time in New Zealand and Spain where he directed study abroad programs for Brigham Young University. Brad and his wife Debi have four children and eight grandchildren. He loves Peanut M&M’s and pepperoni pizza, but he realizes that doesn’t sound too healthy so he is really trying hard to learn to love salads.

Hugo Haselhuhn

Hugo Haselhuhn lives in San Luis Obispo County. He enjoys reading, writing stories and poetry, cooking, and traveling with his bride of 43 years. They have traveled the U.S. and countries of Europe and the Far East enjoying the cultures and people. These experiences are clamoring to get out of his head, out of his journals and on to the pages of a book.

As a teacher of children and teenagers, he knows how to grab their attention and keep them engaged and can find positive lessons in every day experiences. Having five children and 14 grandchildren of his own, he knows a few things about their struggles, desires, fantasies and goals, and writes to fill their needs. He has a passion to have a positive influence for good in the lives of others, especially children, through his writing. Hugo has incorporated lessons to strengthen human relations shared in his stories and the readers are learning through the eyes and experiences of the characters.

Lucas Lightfoot and the Fire Crystal began as a request from his eight-year-old grandson, Luke Cowdell, who wanted help in writing a “chapter book.” Luke is an avid reader with an active imagination. He is also a deep thinker who asks questions seemingly beyond his years. Luke told his grandpa where he wanted to go with this book, and Hugo created the road, painted the scenery and created the characters and adventures along the road. And this adventure awaits you in the Lucas Lightfoot Trilogy.

Call for Proposals

This year at the Utah Literacy Association annual conference our presenters will be focusing on teaching writing and using effective interventions for struggling readers through engaging strategies.

Want to be a presenter?

We are accepting breakout session proposals until August 23rd!

About the Conference

This year, our conference is October 3 and is being held at:

Mountain America Expo Center
9575 State St
Sandy, UT 84070
(385) 468-2260


Early Bird pricing ends on September 15. After that, the registration price is $125.

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