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Please join us in Topeka for the 2017 KRA Conference on Monday, October 30. It will take place at the Washburn University Memorial Union, 1700 College Avenue in Topeka.

During this year's conference we will celebrate Educators: Literacy Superheroes. The conference will feature special guest and visiting author Steven Layne, who wrote the 2016-2017 KRA Professional Book Study's In Defense of Read Aloud. On this page we have more information about Mr. Layne and his keynote address entitled "Confessions of a Reading Arsonist." Author Aaron Reynolds will accept the 2017 Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book Award for his book Nerdy Birdy and speak during the conference.

Presentations for the 2017 KRA Conference are set, and they are amazing! We will have sessions on integrating STEM with literacy, vocabulary, reading strategies addressing fluency and comprehension, diversity, and banned books. Technology will be the highlight of two sessions, and three of our local authors/illustrators have their own sessions this year! Register now for what promises to be a great conference featuring Dr. Steven Layne and Aaron Reynolds as keynote speakers!

REGISTRATION: Conference registration includes a continental breakfast and a lunch buffet. After registering online, you can pay online via PayPal or by mailing your payment to Rolinda Smith. A $3.00 convenience fee per ticket has been added for online payments.
  • KRA MEMBER REGISTRATION: $80 for mail-in payment, $83 for online payment)
  • NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION: $100 for mail-in payment, $103 for online payment)
  • RETIRED REGISTRATION: $40 for mail-in payment, $43 for online payment)
  • STUDENT REGISTRATION (Full-time Grad/Undergrad): $25 for mail-in payment, $28.00 for online payment)


MAIL-IN PAYMENT: All checks should be made payable to the Kansas Reading Association and sent to
Rolinda Smith
Ft. Riley Middle School
4022 First Division Road
Ft. Riley, KS 66442

CONFERENCE INFORMATION: The following informational handouts about the conference are available for download. Register now online thru Monday, October 23.

        7:30 a.m.  Registration and breakfast
        8:30 a.m.  General session starts
        3:00 p.m.  Conference ends

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: The Ramada Convention Center Downtown has reserved a block of rooms for our out-of-town conference attendees. Please make your room reservations prior to October 1 to guarantee this rate.

  • ROOM RATE: $85.00 per night plus sales and lodging taxes.
    Room rate includes full hot breakfast buffet available from 6AM to 10AM in the Atrium area.
  • RESERVATIONS: Contact the hotel directly at 1-800-432-2424 or 785-234-5400. Request the "KANSAS READING ASSOCIATION" group at the time of booking in order to receive the group rate.



The author of the book In Defense of Read-Aloud: Sustaining the Best Practice, Steven Layne, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 KRA Conference on October 30, 2017 in Topeka, KS. He will also speak at a break-out session during the day.

STEVEN LAYNE'S KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Confessions of a Reading Arsonist

With his trademark combination of humor and heart, Steven Layne tackles one of the most significant issues in reading instruction today: How to engage reluctant readers. Teaching the skill of reading is viewed by many educators as a major objective; teaching the will of reading is too often an afterthought. Based on his bestselling book Igniting a Passion for Reading, Dr. Layne’s address features a charismatic blend of anecdotes and practical suggestions for building an instructional repertoire to successfully engage all readers and is sure to fan the flame of literacy into a raging inferno—inspiring teachers as well as their students to keep the bedside lamp on just a little bit later into the night.


Author Steven Layne is passionate about reading aloud to kids of all ages.  In this presentation based on his book of the same name, he provides teachers with strong rationale for reading aloud throughout the grades as well as providing information on maximizing instruction via oral delivery.  Guaranteed: loads of practical information and a lot of laughter.

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