The purpose of the program is to share research into reading and language and to provide practical applications of strategies for engaging students in reading and developing a broader understanding of language. Specific attention will be given to the conference theme across all stages, with a focus on developing reading programs that address language and culture, with direct links to the curriculum.

The keynote and concurrent sessions will provide research and strategies to assist in the creation of opportunities for students to develop an understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages. Other concurrent sessions will address how reading programs can be designed to meet the needs of students with varying levels of physical, social and intellectual development.

The structure of the program and the range of presenters provides participants with learning opportunities targeted to their professional needs. The School Library Association of New South Wales is a professional association and via this conference will provide opportunities for attendees to develop collegial networks of experienced and inexperienced teachers and teacher librarians for support, advice and resource sharing.

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