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Literacy Through the Arts Conference

September 9, 2022

Wichita State University

Wichita, KS

This conference provides Professional Development sessions to early childhood educators, pre-service teachers, community members, and parents with opportunities to explore arts integration communities of practice. The intersection of arts in learning is magical for all students. It is a place where we see the transformative powers of the arts. A place where strategies raise student achievement and success, support educators, promote equity of access, nurture leadership and enliven the teaching and learning environment.


Thursday, September 8th: Conference Opening Celebration

@Wichita State University

Friday, September 9th: Special Topic: Kindergarten Readiness & Early Literacy

Saturday, September 10th: Festival Day & Hoops 4 Literacy

@ Charles Koch Arena, Wichita State University

Focus Topics: Kindergarten Readiness & Early Literacy

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Derrick Barnes


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New York Times Best-Selling Children's Book Author

Thursday, September 8th: Literacy Through the Arts Conference

Conference Opening Celebration

6:00 pm -8:00 pm 


September 8 is International Literacy Day and Storytime Village will kick off the Kansas Literacy Festival with an opening celebration with food, music, and fellowship. 

Free for registered participants and general public - space is limited. 

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Friday, September 9th: Topic: Kindergarten Readiness & Early Literacy

Literacy Through the Arts Conference 

Special Focus Areas: Kindergarten Readiness & Early Literacy 

8:00 am – 3:00 pm 

Wichita State University - Rhatigan Student Center


8:00 am – 9:30 am  

Read & Rise Breakfast Gala 

Honoring Derrick Barnes, Award-winning children’s book author 


9:30 am – 10:00 am 

Exhibit Hall Showcase & Networking & Author Meet & Greet 


10:15 am – 11:00 am 

Workshop Sessions 


11:15 am - 12:15 pm 

Town Hall Meeting 

Right From the Start: What Should We Do To Help Our Youngest Children Thrive? 


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 



1:30 pm – 1:45 pm  

Exhibit Hall Showcase & Networking  


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm 

Workshop Sessions 


2:30 – 3: 00 pm 

Closing Ceremony

Friday, September 9th: Champions Gala

Champion's Gala

7:00 pm 

Wichita Marriott Hotel

Celebrate and support children’s literacy as we honor Harlem Globetrotter legend Lynette Woodard and Wichita State University & NBA stars, Xavier McDaniel and

Antoine Carr with Champion for children awards.

Not included in conference registration. Ticketed Event.

Saturday, September 10th: Festival Day Activities & Hoops 4 Literacy

Festival Day

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Wichita State University - Charles Koch Arena


LEAP Camp Book Signing, Storytime Stage, Dance Party with DJ Super Mario, Book & Resource Giveaways, Face Painting, Food Trucks & more!

Free to general public.

Hoops 4 Literacy Featuring NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wichita State University - Charles Koch Arena

Free books, activities, and an exciting event featuring NBA Champion, philanthropist and children's book author Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal, community leaders and other special guests.

Not included in conference registration. Ticketed Event.

Schedule of Events

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