Registration open for 2014 Diverse Literacies Conference

August 19, 2014

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Registration is now open for the 2014 Diverse Literacies Conference presented by Penn State Lehigh Valley and the Lehigh Valley Writing Project. The conference will focus on "Language as a Medium, a Tool and an Outcome," and takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Conference Center in Macungie, Pennsylvania. Tom Romano will provide the keynote presentation, "Prosciutto and the Blinking Light: How Language Teaches and Sways," and also will offer a pre-conference dinner workshop on quality writing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26, at Melt restaurant at The Promenade Shops in Center Valley.

The conference will feature demonstration workshops, research presentations and poster discussions presented by teacher educators, local teachers of various grade levels and disciplines, and pre-service teachers. A continental breakfast and complete lunch also is included.

Tom Romano has taught English methods and writing at Miami University since 1995. Before earning his doctorate at the University of New Hampshire, he taught high school students for 17 years, most of them at Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio. In addition to teaching at Miami, Romano speaks at National Writing Project sites, schools, and literacy conferences across the country. He also teaches in the summer New Hampshire Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire.

Romano got the writing bug in seventh grade when he and a friend wrote and shared stories in back-to-back study halls at the end of the school day. He discovered then that he could express his voice through words on paper. He's been doing it ever since, writing mostly articles, essays and poems about teaching. His books, published by Heinemann, are: "Clearing the Way: Working with Teenage Writers" (1987), "Writing with Passion: Life Stories, Multiple Genres" (1995), "Blending Genre, Altering Style: Writing Multiple Genre Papers" (2000), and "Crafting Authentic Voice" (2004).

The early registration fee, which will be accepted until Sept. 19, is $59. Late and on-site registration is $69. Full-time students may attend for $30. On-site registration is limited. The pre-conference workshop is $35 and includes dinner.

To download a full conference schedule and registration form or to register online, visit For more information, contact Marisa Hockman, CTELL program manager, at 302-381-7266 or

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Last Updated August 20, 2014