Conference Information

(Early Registration ends February 5th!)
(Early Registration ends February 5th!)
(Discounts for 10+ or more)
(Reserve by February 15th)
(Order by February 1st)
(Starts January 22nd!)


Plan now to join IRC at the 55th Annual IRC Conference from March 9-10, 2023 at the Bank of Springfield Center, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.  IRC will be excited to learn from the below list of featured speakers who will help teachers, specialists, and administrators from every grade-level and content area.  And please share the 2023 Preliminary Program with other educators!

IRC is excited to share that Donalyn Miller will be joining us and be the Thursday Luncheon keynote speaker at the Wyndham Hotel.  Sara Ahmed will now be presenting on Friday and the keynote at the Friday Breakfast.  IRC is sad to share that Nikki Grimes is unable to attend the conference.  

  • Sara K. Ahmed
  • Blue Balliett
  • Derrick Barnes
  • David Biedrzycki
  • Joelle Charbonneau
  • Jerry Craft
  • Matt de la Peña
  • Lynne Dorfman
  • Alison Gordon
  • Jacob Grant
  • Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Carol Jago
  • Gordon C. James
  • Steven L. Layne
  • Donalyn Miller
  • Lauren Tarshis
  • Becky Anderson Wilkins
  • 2023 Illinois Reads Authors

  • Registering?  Pre-register for the 2023 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 5, 2023!  On-site registration is recommended for those registering after March 1, 2023. 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?  Join IRC today for $45 and receive the member conference rate.  This is a savings of $50 off the non-member registration rate!  You can join IRC online today!

  • Interested in Group Rates?  Discounted rates are available for groups of 10+ participants. For more information, please see the Group Registration Form.

  • Join the IRC Book Club?  IRC will be reading, reflecting on, and responding to Being the Change and Rebellious Read Alouds book clubs.  Register for the IRC Book Club now!

  • Order a Conference Shirt?  Preorder your conference merchandise by February 1, 2023!  Conference merchandise can be ordered online or by mail/fax.  Only preorders will be available for pick up at the Registration Area in the Bank of Springfield Center.  Merchandise will not be available for purchase at the conference.
  • Housing Reservations?  Special rates have been negotiated at Springfield area hotels. To obtain these special rates visit the Reserve Housing Online Webpage, reservations must be made directly with the hotels either by phone or online by February 15, 2023. Please note there will not be a shuttle service from the off-site hotels to the Bank of Springfield Center.  Downtown Springfield also has many public parking options that cost anywhere from $5 to $10 a day to park. Please download the Springfield Parking Map to help you locate parking options in Springfield.

  • Interested in Volunteering?  IRC is looking for volunteers to work at the 2023 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 mail or the Online Volunteer Form by January 15, 2023. Thank you! Your help is much appreciated!

  • Interested in Exhibiting?  Visit the Exhibitors Information Webpage to find out about exhibiting at the IRC Conference.

  • Interested in PD Clock Hours?  Registered attendees can print the PD Clock Hour Forms or submit the Online PD Clock Hour Form. It is recommended to submit your forms within one week of the conference.  If you are a presenter, you can also submit your Presenters Acknowledgement and Clock Hour Forms with these forms.


For more information, contact us at [email protected].