Conference Information

(Early registration ends February 5th)
(Mail no later than February 5th)
(Discounts for 10+ or More)
(Available until February 15th)
(Orders are no longer available)
(Begins on January 22nd)
If submitting a Purchase Order Form, email with the completed Registrations Forms to [email protected].  An Invoice will be created and emailed back to the school to assist in a check payment being sent.  Once the payment is received,  the registrations will be processed. If registering after March 1st, it is recommended to bring your completed registration form and payment to the conference.  However, please note that the meal functions and events require pre-purchased tickets and will not be available for purchase on-site.

Plan now to join IRC at the 55th Annual IRC Conference from March 14-15, 2024 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.  Please share the 2024 PRELIMINARY PROGRAM with other educators!  Scroll down to find out more about the conference!


  • Sarah Aronson
  • Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Jan Burkins
  • Lesa Cline-Ransome
  • Lynne Dorfman
  • J. Richard Gentry
  • Peg Grafwallner
  • Emily Hanford
  • Andrew P. Johnson
  • A.S. King
  • Timothy Rasinski
  • Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • John Schu
  • Jennifer Serravallo
  • Nic Stone
  • Paul L. Thomas
  • Clare Vanderpool
  • Becky Anderson
  • Illinois Reads Authors

  • Registering?  You can pre-register for the 2024 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, 2024!  Onsite registration is recommended for those registering after March 1, 2024. 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?  When you register for the conference as a non-member, it automatically includes one-year of IRC Membership. From the IRC Membership Form, please choose one local or special interest council. Otherwise, you can join via the separate IRC Membership Form today.  If you are already a member and register as a non-member, it will extend your membership for another year.

  • 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 Shifting the Balance book Club, the Illinois Reads book Club, and the La ensenanza en el aula bilingue book club.  Register for the IRC Book Club now!

  • Order a Conference Shirt?  Preorder your conference merchandise by February 1, 2024!  Conference merchandise can be ordered via online order form 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, 2024. 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 2024 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 February 1, 2024. 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 the online form only.


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