28th Annual Conference on Literacy:

No Time Like the Present: Promoting and Validating Young People’s Worlds through Literacy

Saturday, March 26, 2022, Hudson Hall, Mount Saint Mary College

Presented by the Collaborative for Equity in Literacy Learning (CELL) at Mount Saint Mary College

Jarrett J. Krosoczka portrait

Keynote Speaker: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator behind more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores for the past twenty years. In addition to his work in print, Krosoczka co-produced, co-directed, and performed in the audiobook adaptation of his graphic memoir, which garnered both Audie and Odyssey Awards for excellence in audiobook production. Krosoczka has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has delivered three TED Talks, which have accrued millions of views online. Mr. Krosoczka has garnered millions of more views online via the tutorials he produces for both YouTube and TikTok.

Conference Schedule

  • 8:30 am: Registration
  • 11:30 am: Keynote



For teachers, librarians, community members working with grades K through 8             

Unrolling the Graphic Novel: A hands-on introduction to exploring graphic novels in scroll form           

For teachers, grades 4-8; literacy specialists and librarians            

Time for Poetry: Invest 15 minutes a day to teach a poem a week in a format that engages the classroom throughout the year!          

For teachers, literacy specialists grades 1-4             

Once Upon a Time: Challenging Gender Stereotypes Through the Lens of Classic Fairy Tales           

For teachers, literacy specialists, librarians Grades 3-12   

Session 2:             

Turning Writing Workshop into Composing Workshop in and Authors Study           

For teachers, literacy specialists, librarians grades 1-3            

Born Out of the Struggle: Analyzing the Origins of Hip-Hop through Primary Sources           

For teachers, literacy specialists, librarians grades 6-12             

Hot Reads! Exploring 2022 Award Winners Through Multiple Modalities

For teachers, literacy specialists, librarians            

Full Circle: SEL to Literacy and Back - Librarians and teachers           

For anyone who is helping children and families choose books to fit their needs


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