How it works

Day 1 (Sunday August 9th) is much like a traditional conference. In the morning, you’ll mingle with literacy activists from across the country and listen to an inspirational keynote speaker. You’ll also self-select two roundtable breakout sessions, facilitated by various literacy warriors. Sunday afternoon follows an unconference format, where volunteers offer to lead conversations about specific challenges and topics. Vote with your feet, as you are select breakout groups that are relevant to your interests. Better yet, be brave and offer to lead a session! It’s an easy as standing up and offering a session. No need for a fancy powerpoint, as these are casual, collaborative conversations! Late Sunday afternoon, we will mix and mingle; there is time to tour the impressive book sorting facility, volunteer to sort some books, or continue your conversations over iced tea and lemonade. Join us for a Sunday night screening of the documentary film 1.5 Million, which tracks the literacy crisis in the Bronx.

Day 2 (Monday August 10th) will be a half-day of sessions, along with another dynamic speaker who will inspire you to return to your community reinvigorated and tapped into a nationwide community of fellow literacy warriors. Expect plenty of learning, thought-provoking conversations, and a new network of literacy warriors across the county.

what is an 'unconference'?

Unlike a conference – which operates on a sage-on-the-stage model– an unconference is built on the idea that all attendees have experiences and wisdom to share. Wikipedia defines an unconference as “a participant-driven meeting… that tries to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference, such as sponsored presentations and top-down organization.”

Expect to be inspired by our keynote speakers and to self-select sessions that are relevant to your work. But also come ready to share your experiences, as well as what you’ve learned and what you need to learn.

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