Reading for the Love of It 2023 Conference

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Reading for the Love of It 2023 Conference

RFTLOI provides a forum for literacy experts to inspire educators, and to help them promote a lifelong love of reading with their students.

When and where

Date and time

Location

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel 123 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5H 2H9 Canada

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

About this event

A Message from East York-Scarborough Reading Association

The 45th Annual Reading for the Love of It conference is taking place on Thursday, February 23, and Friday, February 24, 2023 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

This annual language arts conference is regarded as pre-eminent in bringing together local, national and international authorities in the field of literacy. The goal of the conference is to provide a wide spectrum of speakers to inspire and provoke thinking about literacy issues, and to promote the lifelong love of reading, all at an affordable cost to delegates.

"Reading for the Love of It goes beyond literacy, and it encompasses everything within the whole learning environment."

- 2020 Conference Delegate

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 conference. Click here to check out our last conference highlights from 2020, on our YouTube channel, OR paste the following URL into your browser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JIQ6vsLpUI

Register early!

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2023 Registration Guidelines:

- For registrants who wish to pay by credit card, we accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express

- If you plan to pay by cheque, you must also register online indicating that you will be mailing in your payment

- We cover the 13% registration fee HST in the ticket prices, however, Eventbrite processing fees + HST apply to all registrations; additional processing fees will apply to those making payment by credit card

- We do not accept any manual, faxed or mailed in registrations; mailed in cheque payments will be accepted.

IMPORTANT:

Your registration will only be considered complete on receipt of payment. On receipt, we will update your online record as paid, and you will receive an email confirmation/receipt.

2023 Registration Notes:

1. If you are pursuing funding to cover your conference fees, please secure prior to completing your registration.

2. Meal Keynote Presentations are an additional cost. You must be registered as a delegate for either Thursday or Friday if you want to purchase a breakfast or luncheon ticket for that day.

3. Those wishing to attend the Reception and Banquet on Thursday evening need not be registered for the daytime sessions. Tickets can be purchased independent of the conference.

4. Once registered and payment is confirmed, you will be emailed your official receipt/confirmation from the Eventbrite system. Your ticket is also your confirmation receipt. If your e-mail address is not entered correctly, you will not receive a receipt at the time of your registration. Please contact us at eys@readingfortheloveofit.com and we will check your registration, make any necessary adjustments to your email address, and re-send your receipt.

5. We will not be mailing a hard copy of your receipt. Print your online receipt or save it to your electronic device. You can also use your receipt to submit to your administrator or school board as proof of having paid for the conference, for reimbursement as needed.

6. Please bring your paper or electronic receipt on your device with you to the conference to provide proof of purchase, most specifically if you have signed up for any meal keynote functions. All receipts will be checked for verification prior to being allowed entry into the meal keynote ballrooms.

7. If you plan to pay by cheque, self-register online indicating that you will be mailing in your payment; the system will recognize your payment as pending. Once payment is received, your registration record will be updated, and a receipt will be emailed to you immediately. We will not accept post-dated cheques. There is a $50.00 charge for NSF cheques.

Refund Policy:

Refunds will be issued up until December 31, 2022. All refund requests after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We must receive an email request regardless of when a refund is requested, but generally refunds requested after January 1st, 2023, are only issued on an emergency basis. Refunds requested by telephone will not be honoured. Requests can be emailed via the Eventbrite system or sent directly to eys@readingfortheloveofit.com

Note: Our association and the professional development that we provide at Reading for the Love of It, is independent organization of all teacher unions. Any requests for refunds due to labour disputes after January 1st, should there be any that would prevent a registered delegate from attending the conference, will not be provided.

Concerns and Inquiries:

Erica Townson @ 416-444-7473 or e-mail to eys@readingfortheloveofit.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the conference?

All registrations must be processed online using the Eventbrite registration system. You will be able to pay your registration fee with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX), OR select an offline cheque payment option. Regardless of which payment method you choose, your registrations must all be processed online. Please also note that once you have selected your payment choice, this cannot be changed.

If you opt to pay your registration fee by cheque, please make your cheque payable to:

EYS Reading Association, and forward to:

1315 Lawrence Avenue East, Unit 309, Toronto, ON, M3A 3R3

Your registration will only be considered complete on receipt of payment.

How do I register for the sessions?

Attendance at all sessions/workshops is strictly on a first-come-first-served basis. But please note that your registration secures you a space at the conference since our daily capacity is limited.

You cannot pre-register for any of the general open sessions. The 2023 Programme Book will indicate the maximum capacity of each room so that you can plan accordingly using the Conference Session Planner on page 6 of the book, or using our online Eventmobi mobile conference app.

I did not receive a receipt when I registered online.

If your e-mail is not entered correctly, you will not receive a confirmation/receipt at the time of your registration. Please contact us at eys@readingfortheloveofit.com and we will check your registration, make any necessary adjustments to your email address, and re-send your receipt. We will not be mailing a hard copy of your receipt, so please ensure to print the copy that is emailed to you.

What is the cost of attending sessions only?

The 2023 sessions are $155 per day; the 2-Day Rate is $280 + applicable processing fees. HST is included in our base rates. HST @ 13% is applied to the Eventbrite processing fees. Meal keynote sessions are an additional cost.

Can I attend for a half day?

Registration is for a full day only at a daily rate $155 (inclusive of HST), OR for two full days at the 2-Day Rate of $280 (inclusive of HST), plus applicable Eventbrite processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

Is there a student rate?

The student teacher rate is $65 per day (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%, and provides access to all workshop sessions and the exhibits. Meal keynote sessions are an additional cost. Students are welcome to attend either Thursday or Friday at the $65 rate. Provision of a student ID number is required.

What are the Keynote meal rates?

Breakfasts on each day - $45 each (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

Luncheons on each day - $60 each (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

Reading Award Banquet on Thursday evening - $75 (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

When is the final full detail conference programme available?

The final Programme book is posted on our website mid-December. Printed copies will be available to registered teachers at the conference unless we advise you differently in advance.

Full conference details will also be available on our Eventmobi RFTLOI2023 Mobile Conference Guide App. Go to https://eventmobi.com/rftloi2023/ to instantly access and download your mobile conference guide OR you can also download EventMobi from the App Store.

May I attend the exhibits only?

Only educators registered as delegates for the day (Daily Rate: $155 / 2-Day Rate $280) can visit the exhibits.

I registered for Friday, but now I want to add Thursday (or vice versa); OR, I would like to switch my one day registration to the other day; OR I would like to add a meal ticket.

Please email eys@readingfortheloveofit.com in regards to making any changes to the days for which you have registered.

You can add a meal ticket by simply registering again and your name will match up your "Add-On" purchase to your original registration.

Is the hotel accommodation included in the conference fee?

The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel accommodation is a separate cost and must be booked directly with the hotel. Please refer to the information below to book your accommodation OR refer to the Registration Brochure for additional hotel details. Please tell the hotel that you are with the Reading Conference.

Hotel Accommodation:

Arrangements have been made for a reduced rate for delegates wishing to stay at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel from Saturday, February 18th to March 1, 2023.

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Downtown Toronto

123 Queen Street

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

M5H 2H9

Daily 2023 rates: Single/Double: $230.00.

All guestroom rates are based on single/double occupancy. Additional guest charge is $30.00 per person, per night. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 13% HST and 4% MAT) in effect at the time of check-out.

Note: Cancellation is 72 hours prior to arrival.

To make reservations, please call the central reservations number at 1-888-627-7175 & provide the group name (Reading for the Love of It conference) to reserve rooms under the group block.

OR click here to book your accommodation online via our RFTLOI reservations portal.

OR paste the following URL into your browser: https://book.passkey.com/e/50371007

The hotel group rate is available until Tuesday, January 31, 2023, subject to availability.

Meals

We do offer tickets for purchase to attend Meal Keynote presentations, but otherwise you are on your own. Meal function Keynote Speakers are an additional cost. You must register and pay additional fees to attend these sessions.

What are the Keynote meal rates?

Breakfasts on each day - $45 each (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

Luncheons on each day - $60 each (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

Reading Award Banquet on Thursday evening - $75 (inclusive of HST), plus applicable processing fees and related HST @ 13%.

Some local teachers often 'brown bag' it. However, if that does not work for you, the Sheraton Centre is connected to a network of underground shops and restaurants from where you can purchase a meal. The network is called The PATH. Click here it visit their web page for maps and more information:

https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/visitor-services/path-torontos-downtown-pedestrian-walkway/

Where is the closest parking to the Sheraton Hotel?

2023 rates: $3.50 / half hour with a daily maximum of $20.00 (7am - 6pm); nightly maximum of $6.00 (6pm - 7am); Saturday/Sunday & Holidays daily maximum of $8.00 (7am - 7pm); Click here for the location map and details.

OR, paste the following URL in to your browser:

https://parking.greenp.com/find-parking/?a=queen+%26+nathan+phillips+square

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If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at eys@readingfortheloveofit.com. We will work to ensure to get back to everyone as expeditiously as possible.

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Reading for the Love of It is hosted by:

East York-Scarborough Reading Association

1315 Lawrence Avenue East, Unit 309, Toronto, ON M3A 3R3

Tel: (416) 444-7473; Fax: (416) 444-9282; Email: eys@readingfortheloveofit.com

www.readingfortheloveofit.com