Fri, Nov 01 | Student Center West-Univ. of Illinois

HelloLitCon Chicago, IL

Join Jen Jones in Chicago. Throughout the day, Jen will present a variety of low prep/high yield strategies that are simple and free to implement in your school immediately! This PD is appropriate for K-8.
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HelloLitCon Chicago, IL

Time & Location

Nov 01, 2019, 8:30 AM – Nov 02, 2019, 3:30 PM
Student Center West-Univ. of Illinois, Student Center West, 828 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60612, USA

About The Event

Preparing students for the 21st century means preparing students for their future. At a minimum, we must prepare students to be critical thinkers, using academic structures of cooperation, collaboration and communication, so students have the maximum amount of practice, success & failure opportunities to become problem-solvers, strategic and proficient readers and writers and independent and confident students/adults.  Throughout these two days, Jen will present a variety of low-prep/high yield instructional strategies that are simple and free to implement, but  require a higher level of instructional accountability than most teachers and students are accustomed to.

An overview of the most important reading standards will be presented, as well as more student-centered ownership of strategies for reading engagement and reading achievement. Use the most effective strategies for reading comprehension and question/answer relationships for the highest level of student engagement and immediate feedback.  Voice and choice and authentic audience are also essential elements of the 21st century classroom, especially when it comes to text and topic selection for reading, writing and research. 

Schedule for the Day 1 - University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center West 8:30am-3:30pm

7:45-8:30 - Registration, Coffee, Donuts & Creamer Bar

8:30-10:15 - Session #1: Reading Engagement is Contagious: Build a Positive Reading Culture in Your Classroom/School

10:15-10:45 - Break

10:45-12:00 - Session #2: Rock Your Literacy Block: Best of the Best Low Prep/High Yield Strategies

12:00-1:00 - Lunch* (on your own at the University food court)

1:00-2:00 Session #3: Reading Comprehension Skills & Strategies of 21st Century Thinkers

2:00-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 - Session #4: Essential Reading Comprehension Skills & Strategies of 21st Century Thinkers (cont.'d)

Schedule for Day 2 - University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center West 9:00am-3:00pm

8:15-9:00 - Doors Open

9:00-10:30 - Session #1: Reading Workshop Simulation: Be My Student for a Minilesson, Independent Reading & Reading Conferences, Workshop Debriefing

10:30-11:00 - Break

11:00-12:00 - Session #2: Mentor Text Selection & Use for Read-Alouds, Reading & Writing Strategy Minilessons & Shared Reading

12:00-12:45 - Lunch* (provided & catered, yet TBD from where)

12:45-3:00 - Session #3: Be a Guided Reading Guru: Text Selection, Picture Walks, Coaching on the Run, Oral Comprehension

Jen speaks on these topics and more, to schools and districts all over the country. She is highly sought-after and teachers in her workshops have said “this was the best professional development we’ve ever had.”  

Conference Fee: $350 Standard Registration / $300 Early Bird Registration ends February 28, 2019

Conference registration includes: 

  • Cool Hello Literacy Merch
  • Coffee, Creamer & Donut Bar (Friday)
  • Catered Lunch (Saturday)
  • Conference Materials & free digital files aligned to conference lessons & activities
  • Certificate of Completion for 20 CEU hours  

Conference Supplies to Bring:

  • One vivid fiction picture book (or a few)...make sure your name is on these
  • One book from a Guided Reading set (leave the other five books at home)
  • The Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo (or one Reading Unit of Study if that's what you use)
  • Sticky notes, teacher pens, highlighters
  • Portable White Board, white board pen & eraser/sock, 5 math counters
  • BYOD: iPad, Chromebook or Smart Phone


Wood St. Parking Structure

1100 S. Wood St.

Chicago, IL 60612

There is also some street parking but it is extremely limited.

**Hotel accommodations nearby: 

Crown Plaza Chicago

25 S. Halsted St.

Chicago, IL 60661


Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago

 506 W. Harrison St.

Chicago, IL 60607


Chicago Marriott at Medical District

625 S. Ashland Ave.

Chicago, IL 60607

There are 4 ways to pay for this conference: 

1. Pay via Paypal, credit card or debit card at checkout (access credit card and debit card payment option by selecting Paypal button).

2. Pay with a school purchase order. If your school is paying for your registration, select "Pay Offline" and follow the directions so Hello Literacy can email you an invoice. We cannot send you an invoice until you have registered. We cannot send you a W-9 until you have registered. If you are not paying for the tickets at the time of registration, then registering holds your spots until your district payment method is received. **

3. Pay via a grant through Donors Choose Professional Development. Write the grant and Donors Choose will pay Hello Literacy on your behalf. **

4. Pay with a personal check by selecting "Pay Offline" and follow the directions so Hello Literacy can email you an invoice. All school, district or personal checks must be paid within 30 days of registering with an offline payment, unless it's within 30 days of the conference and then it's due before the conference or on the day of the conference. **

** You will not receive the literacy resources or Certificate of Completion until we have received proof of Purchase Order or payment. If after the conference concludes and proof of purchase order or payment is received, these digital items will be emailed to you. 

Group Registrations

*If you are purchasing more than 1 ticket in one transaction, please send an email to and let her know the names and email addresses for all the teachers you are registering because there is no space to denote that when you purchase the tickets, especially if you, the tickets purchaser, are not attending and all we have is your name and email address. -Thanks!

If you have any questions about payment, purchase orders, or invoices, please ask at NO REFUNDS will be issued within 30 days prior to the event.

If you are interested in having Jen bring HelloLitCon to your school or literacy professional development tailored to your school's needs, please send her at email at  Her general PD information packet is HERE

Thank you!

  • Standard Registration

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