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Fifth Annual Kentucky Literacy Research Symposium

The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development, the Carol Lee Robertson Endowment and the Kentucky Reading Association are co-sponsoring the Fifth Kentucky Literacy Research Symposium, which will be held March 13-14, 2009, in Lexington, Ky. This unique symposium will be conducted in a different format this year as it addresses the specialized topic of Response to Intervention (RTI).

Research will be the focus on Friday, March 13, with national researchers gathering to discuss research related to RTI. Practitioners will assemble on Saturday, March 14, to learn about research-based literacy interventions and issues related to RTI implementation. Participants also will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue about RTI. The event is being held in memory of Mrs. Gladys Kelly Anderson, Mrs. Robertson’s mother.

The purpose of this event is to bring the foremost thinkers and researchers in the field of literacy research to Kentucky to address issues of national, state and local importance. This event will serve as a springboard for future initiatives in which Kentucky is showcased and viewed nationally as a literacy “think tank” where scholars, researchers, and practitioners come together to critically examine and discuss issues in literacy research and practice.

Issues: Response to Intervention

  • Rachel Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Reading and Language Arts, Syracuse University
  • James Collins, Ph.D., Professor, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
  • Susan De La Paz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Maryland
  • Linda J. Dorn, Ed.D., Professor, Department of Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Barbara Marinak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Reading, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education, Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg


  • March 13, Spindletop Hall, 3414 Ironworks Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
  • March 14, Hyatt Regency — Lexington, 401 West High Street, Lexington, KY 40507