Building Bridges to Literacy March 13-15, 2014 Springfield, Illinois
Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from March 13-15,2014 for the 46th Annual IRC Conference, Building Bridges to Literacy, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Hilton Springfield Hotel, and Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.
Registering? Pre-register for the 2014 IRC Conference by returning the Registration Form by Mail/Fax or on the secured Online Conference Registration System. Please note that early registration with discounted prices ends on February 1, 2014! On-site registration is recommended for those registering after March 1, 2014. Please note that the meal functions require pre-purchased tickets and will not be available for purchase on-site. Individuals who need special accommodations must make specific requests in writing to the IRC Office at least three weeks prior to the conference. Please take a moment to read the complete General Conference Information policy.
Not an IRC Member? Register today for $205 and it includes your conference registration for $160 and membership fees for $45 for a savings of $5. Fill out the conference registration form ONLY and indicating your preferred local or special interest council to join.
Interested in Group Rates? Discounted rates are available for groups of 10+ participants. For more information, please see the Group Registration Form.
Housing Reservations? Over 1,200 rooms have been reserved for the 2014 IRC Conference at special rates. To obtain these special rates, reservations must be made through the Online Housing Reservation System by February 19, 2014. On February 19th, all rooms that have not been reserved will be released for general sale. Please note that a confirmation email will be emailed to you from the Housing Bureau upon completion of your housing reservations. Closer to the conference, you will also receive an another email confirmation from your selected hotel. Please keep these confirmations for your records. Please make any changes/cancelations to your reservations through this system until February 19, 2014. After February 19th, please make changes directly with the hotel.
Order a Conference or IRC Shirt? Preorder your shirt by February 21, 2014! Conference Shirts can be placed online or by mail/fax. IRC Shirts can be placed online or by mail/fax. Only preorders will be available for pick-up at the IRC Conference near the Registration Area in the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois. Shirts will not be available for purchase at the conference.
Interested in CPDUs or University Course Credit? Forms for CPDU credit will be available at the conference in your Final Program Book. Conferees can also earn one hour of college course credit while attending the conference from National-Louis University. The Graduate Registration Form can be submitted until March 30, 2014.
Interested in Volunteering? IRC is looking for volunteers to work at the 2014 IRC Conference in the registration booth, at conference events, and in many other areas. If interested, please take a moment to fill out the Conference Volunteer Form by March 1, 2014. Thank you! Your help is much appreciated!
Free Shuttle Service? IRC will provide FREE Shuttle Service between all the hotels except the on-site hotels listed and the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Thursday and Friday. Shuttles run approximately every 45-60 minutes from 6:15 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Night shuttles run every 90 minutes from 6:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, there are many parking options available and on-street metered parking is FREE!
Interested in Exhibiting? IRC is accepting Exhibit Booth Registrations to exhibit at the 2014 IRC Conference. The exhibit location is in the Prairie Capital Convention Center, One Capital Convention Center Plaza, Springfield, Illinois. Please call the IRC Office if you would like to be added to our exhibitor mailing list. All booth spaces will be sold on a "first come, first served" basis.
2014 CONFERENCE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM is online! Plan now to join IRC next March as we welcome and learn from a diverse number of featured speakers who will help teachers, specialists, and administrators from every grade-level and content area to Build Bridges to Literacy and attend one of the featured presentations with: