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2024 NJAFPA Annual Leadership Conference

Friday, June 7, 2024

Montclair University, University Hall


  • 8:00 am – 9:00 pm – Registration, Breakfast, Exhibits
  • 9:00 am – 9:15 am – Welcome
  • 9:15 am – 10:15 am – Keynote Presentation
  • 10:15 am -10:45 am – Break / Exhibits
  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am – Breakout Session #1
  • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Lunch / Exhibits
  • 12:45 pm – 1:00 pm – Scholarship Award
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Breakout Session #2
  • 2:00 pm -2:30 pm – Break / Exhibits
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Networking Reception / Exhibits /Prizes

Keynote Presentation:

Topic: How Teaching Kids to Read Went Wrong

For the past six years, journalist Emily Hanford has been reporting on how children learn to read. Her work has sent shockwaves across the United States and around the globe. In this keynote, Emily will tell the story of how she became interested in early reading instruction, discuss key insights from scientific research, share what she has learned from teachers, parents, and kids, and talk about her latest project, the podcast Sold a Story.

Meet Emily Hanford

Emily Hanford is a senior correspondent and producer for APM Reports, the documentary and investigative reporting group at American Public Media. Her work has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times and other publications. For the past several years, she has been reporting on reading instruction. Her 2018 podcast episode “Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?” won the inaugural public service award from EWA. Her most recent project, the podcast Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong, won a 2023 IRE Award and was nominated for a Peabody. Emily is based in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a graduate of Amherst College.