American Reading Forum

A community of literacy scholars & teachers



We are currently soliciting nominations for two ARF Board openings. These two positions would serve a term through the 2024 conference.  Candidates interested in serving on the ARF board should submit a brief statement about who they are, their goals for the organization, and ways in which they have served ARF or other literacy organizations in the past. Self-nominations are appropriate.  Please send nomination statements to Amy Broemmel ( by December 7th. 


The ARF Board has made the challenging but responsible decision to move this year's conference to a virtual format. As the Delta variant of COVID has continued to infect people across the US, we simply cannot justify asking our valued colleagues to travel across the country putting themselves and others at risk.  Guided by this year's conference theme, Literacy as Power: Creating Socially Just Communities and Futures in Tumultuous Times, our conference chairs remain committed to bringing you a full program of quality sessions, following the same general format that we would employ if we were meeting in person. We will have keynotes and concurrent sessions on Thursday, December 9 & Friday, December 10.  Sign up for a Professional or Graduate Student Conference subscription for access to the conference and yearlong membership.


The ARF 2020 yearbook featuring articles related to the ARF Virtual (un)Conference has been released.  Topics of articles include anti-racist teaching practices, culturally responsive teaching, creating virtual communities through coaching, and teaching a literacy practicum during a pandemic.  Check it out now!

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The American Reading Forum is a nonprofit, professional organization composed of individuals who share an interest in the improvement of reading. While the American Reading Forum is an organization that facilitates the dissemination of ideas and research, it places highest priority on providing its members opportunities for critical discussion of ideas, issues, research and emerging research interests and paradigms.

Sign up for a Professional or Graduate Student Conference subscription today for access to the 2021 virtual conference and member resources!

The 2021 ARF Conference will be held online.  Join us for two days of critical dialogue centered around literacy, fellowship, and networking.  We will return to Sanibel and the beautiful sunsets next year!