College Reading & Learning Association
47th Annual Conference

The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is pleased to announce its 47th Annual Conference, scheduled to be held at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, MN, November 5-8, 2014. Conference guest room rates for the hotel will be $139 per night (single/double) which includes complimentary high-speed wireless internet access in all guest rooms, a 24-hour fitness center and plenty of dining and sightseeing options within walking distance of the conference hotel. St. Paul’s unique skyway will allow CRLA attendees to walk the city, up to five miles of the downtown area, without stepping foot outside or even wearing a coat! Refer to the tabs above for more information about the conference.

Keynote Speakers

2014 Conference Logo & Theme

The 2014 CRLA Conference Theme—The North Star: Navigating Teaching and Learning—takes its cue from the State motto for Minnesota, the North Star State. The North Star itself appears on both the Great Seal of Minnesota and the State flag. Because the North Star is always one degree of true North, and fixed in the heavens, early explorers were able to use it as a compass to guide their journeys as they charted new territories.

As the North Star was to those early explorers, so CRLA is to its members. CRLA’s core mission, which has been its guiding principle for nearly half a century, is to improve student learning. CRLA is a constant and reliable guide to those navigating and exploring new territory in student learning through learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring. CRLA is both a compass and a resource to those seeking direction for their work and the navigational equipment to chart their paths.

CRLA offers access to powerful post-secondary navigational systems to share knowledge assets among members so they in turn can steer people, processes, and technology toward the goal of improved student learning. Knowledge management, for instance, represents a wide range of navigational tools that include information technology (such as learning management systems, institutional portals, and software applications), knowledge portals (e.g., manuals, job aids, subject binders, workshop presentations, or sample worksheets and handouts), soft skills (such as emotional intelligence), experiential knowledge (as acquired through routine tasks), and tacit knowledge (developed from faculty-student interaction, student-to-student engagement, and classroom participation).

Concepts such as knowledge management, with its diverse and multifaceted components, are just some of the navigational strategies for teaching and learning to be discussed, applied, and practiced in the North Star State this November.

Early Registration Rates for CRLA Members

2014 CRLA Member$225
Adjunct, Retired Postsecondary Personnel or Students* $150

Interested in Volunteering?

Interested in serving as a conference volunteer? If yes, CRLA would love to have your help on-site in St. Paul. Please contact Vicky Williams, 2014 CRLA On-Site Chair ( with your intent to serve as a volunteer. Examples of volunteer areas include the following: Dinner on the Town Guides, Ticket Collectors, Media Team Members, and Registration Desk Helpers.

Invitation to Serve as Chair

Responsibilities of Session Chair include introducing the presenter(s) and distributing and collecting evaluation forms from session participants. A Session Chair Orientation will be held each morning for session assignments. Benefits include a guaranteed seat at the session you’re chairing and an opportunity to serve the association while getting to know the presenters and your CRLA colleagues. We need as many Session Chairs as possible. Return to this site for the Session Chair application, which will be coming soon. Please download and complete the application and email it to Cortney Miller, Coordinator, Conference Sessions Evaluations (

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Call to Conference

Final Program

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Important Dates

May 1- Hotel Reservations Open
June 3 - Proposal Acceptance Notification
July 1 - Call to Conference
July 1 - Registration Open
Aug 1 - Presenter Registration Deadline
Aug 21 - Exhibitor Application Deadline
Sept 15 - Early Registration Deadline
Oct 24 - Regular Registration Deadline
Nov 5-8 - Annual Conference St.Paul, MN

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