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Fri, Aug 09


Princeton Elks Lodge #2129

HelloLitCon Princeton, NJ

Join Jen Jones in Princeton, New Jersey. Throughout this event, 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-6.

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HelloLitCon Princeton, NJ
HelloLitCon Princeton, NJ

Time & Location

Aug 09, 2019, 8:30 AM – Aug 10, 2019, 4:00 PM

Princeton Elks Lodge #2129, 2 Georgetown Franklin Turnpike, Skillman, NJ 08558, 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 the 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 - Princeton Elks Lodge 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

12:00-1:15 - Lunch* (on your own in town)

1:15-2:15 Session #3: Reading Comprehension Skills & Strategies of 21st Century Thinkers

2:15-2:45 Break

2:45-4:00 - Session #4: Essential Reading Comprehension Skills & Strategies of 21st Century Thinkers (cont.'d)

Schedule for Day 2 - Princeton Elks Lodge 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

**Parking: Available at venue.


There are several within 10-15 minutes from the venue. 

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ  ( Princeton area)

Sonest Suites, Route 1, Princeton, NJ

Hampton Inn, Route 1 Princeton, NJ

The ones above are on a Major Road Route 1, about 15 miles south of New Jersey Turnpike

Courtyard by Marriott Ewing/Princeton   Scotch Road, Ewing NJ

Element Ewing Princeton, 1000 Sam Weinroth Rd, Ewing NJ

These 2 above are close to Route 95 (Pennsylvania area)

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. Directions HERE for applying for a Donors Choose Professional Development grant. 

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.

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. By registering, you acknowledge these terms and conditions.

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!


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