Conference Information

(Online closes March 1st)
(Reserve by February 1st)
(Will Open Soon)


Thousands of literacy advocates, educators, and researchers will gather from March 10-11, 2022 for the 53rd Annual IRC Conference, Literacy in Bloom:  Growing Readers and Ideas, at the Bank of Springfield Center, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.  Join IRC as we welcome and plan to learn from the below list of diverse featured speakers who will help teachers, specialists, and administrators from every grade-level and content area.

  • Blue Balliett
  • David Biedrzycki
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Joelle Charbonneau
  • Sonja Cherry-Paul
  • Debbie Diller
  • Lynne Dorfman
  • Alison Gordon
  • Chris Grabenstein
  • Jacob Grant
  • Carol Jago
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Donalyn Miller
  • Raúl The Third
  • Jan Richardson
  • Pernille Ripp
  • Jason Reynolds
  • John Schu
  • Brian Selznick
  • Lauren Tarshis
  • Matt Tavares
  • Becky Anderson Wilkins
  • Ibi Zoboi
  • 2022 Illinois Reads Authors

  • Registering?  Pre-register for the 2022 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, 2022! On-site registration is recommended for those registering after March 1, 2022. 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 $30 off the non-member registration rate!

  • 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 Passionate Readers and Welcome to Writing book clubs.  Register today!

  • Order a Conference Shirt?  Preorder your conference merchandise by February 1, 2022!  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, reservations must be made directly with the hotels either by phone or online by February 1, 2022. The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau will be providing a complimentary 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.

  • Interested in PD Clock Hours?  Forms to receive your PD Clock Hours will be in your registration packet that will be available at the Registration Desk in the Bank of Springfield Center Lobby.

  • Interested in Volunteering?  IRC is looking for volunteers to work at the 2022 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, 2022. Thank you! Your help is much appreciated!


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