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FRA 53rd Conference
The Florida Hotel, Orlando
October 8-11, 2015


 Online Registration for the Conference is now open.
You can register onsite beginning Thursday Oct 8 at 10AM.

This year's conference, "Treasures from the Sea: Literacy Adventures," will
be held on October 8-11, 2015 at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida.

2015 Conference Flyer

Conference Overview
 Sessions at a Glance (pre-Conference Program)
Thursday | Friday | Saturday Sunday
Author's Luncheons

Make your reservations soon to ensure your space. 

Friday, October 9, 2015 Author’s Luncheon from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Tim ThomasTim Thomas, a nationally award winning author, illustrator, and publisher, has written and illustrated Buddy Manatee, A Manatee Christmas, Didyano? books, and much more.  He has worked with the Save-the-Manatee organization to bring awareness to the plight these large, loveable, endangered mammals. Luncheon attendees will receive limited signed hard copies of his popular books—just in time for Christmas!! Visit Tim atwww.ebooksbytimthomas.com 


           Saturday, October 10, 2015 Author’s Luncheon from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Mary CasanovaMary Casanova is an award-winning children's author of novels and picture books to include the American Girlseries. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her to faraway places for research. Whatever the setting for her books, she writes stories that matter--and stories that kids can't put down.  Visit Mary at www.marycasanova.com


Florida Reading Association (FRA) members and other individuals interested in FRA's goals and purposes are invited to submit proposals to present a session(s) at the 53rd Annual Conference. Proposals must be received no later than March 21, 2015. Notification of the committee's decision will be sent to the proposal contact by June 7, 2015.

Presenters must register and pay conference fees by: August 31, 2015.
Conference Call for Proposals is now closed
The online submissions for the 2015 Conference will start on Feb 1, 2015.  For questions please contact the conference coordinator at conference@flreads.org.  

Conference Coordinator: conference@flreads.org

Conference Registration Coordinator: registration@flreads.org





Exhibitor and Sponsor Information (Exhibitor registeration is now closed)
 For information about exhibits contact

Fall 2015 October 8-11
The Florida Hotel
Orlando, FL


Hotel and Facilities Information

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
1500 Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32809
(at the Florida Mall)

For Reservations, call:
Toll Free: 1-800-588-4656
Local: (407) 859-1500


Make sure to mention FRA when securing your reservation to get the preferred FRA rate.

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This web site will help you plan your time in Orlando and SAVE MONEY! Be sure to check out the coupons available and get your coupon book at registration - jam packed with thousands of dollars of savings!



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Attending your state's reading conference is a worthwhile, exciting, and effective way to network, renew, and develop professionally

1. You get to meet people with similar interests and experiences who may help you expand your educational and professional network

2. You become exposed to new opportunities and experiences

3. You may be challenged to consider new ideas and theories that can impact your own teaching

4. Your may be energized, inspired and encouraged

5. You too have the opportunity to exhibit, demonstrate, or share your ideas for reading

6. You have an opportunity to build potential partnerships and relationships that will help you personally or professionally

7. You might be inspired to write or create something new for your own classroom

8. You may receive answers to difficult or challenging questions that you have been considering

9. You will find lots of practical information you can put to immediate use.

Here are a few of the comments from some of the sessions from previous conferences:

 Amanda Slater, an elementary education major at UCF said, "I attended the National Geographic Explorer session with Mireya Mayor.  This was a very interesting session.  I have never been to a conference before and this was an excellent session to kick off the day for me.  I was very intrigued and really liked her speech and pictures.  The video clips were amazing.  What an awe-inspiring woman!"

 And Carmeron Jones, a 5th grade teacher added, "I really enjoyed the National Geographic presentation with Mireya Mayor.  I loved all the pictures and videos that she provided.  I can't wait to show my class her website and let them track a "real-life" explorer.  They will love that added to our science center."

 Brain research has been a focus in teaching at my school for several years.  I was excited to attend Katie Garner's session on "The Secret to Cracking the Reading Code".  Her research-based strategies and bag of tricks were energetically presented and left us all satisfied and empowered to "crack the reading code".  Pamela Buff, Bradenton, FL

 Deb Tremblay, Osceola County contributed that the Conversations and Comprehension presented by Vicky Zygouris-Coe and Lourdes Smith offered wonderful ideas and strategies to engage students in reading and help them interact with one text, regardless of content area.  Targeted conversation will increase comprehension, and the presenters offered three different approaches that may be integrated into any classroom without an overwhelming amount of teacher preparation.




 FRA Membership Application

For more information about FRA please contact:
Florida Reading Association at
FRA Membership
P.O. Box 151555
Cape Coral, FL 33915