National and International Speaking Engagements

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Interested in having Chris speak at your event? See the “Services” page for more.

Upcoming Events Open to the Public

Online Events

Archived sessions!:

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Application Deadline October 1st!:

Yearlong study group for Literacy/English Coaches, Coordinators, and Leaders, online, led by Chris: “Close Reading with Young Readers: Studying Joyful (Not Dreadful) Emergent Practices, K-2”.  Learn more about The Educator Collaborative’s Coaching Think Tanks here.

Online in October!: 

Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts Present “Falling In Love With Close Reading” 3-part Heinemann Webinar: 1:00-2:15PM EST (STARTS OCT. 16, 2014). Register here.


Events Fall/Winter 2014

October 8, Cedar Falls, IA, Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy, Lunch Keynote and Sessions: Register here.

November 9, Liverpool, NY, NYS Reading Association Conference, Invited Sessions: Register here.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 6.21.35 PMNovember 20-23, Washington, D.C., NCTE Annual Convention: Register here.

  • C.02 (Friday, 12:30) “How Stories Come to Be,”
  • K.08 (Saturday, 4:15) “Close Reading and the Little Ones: How It’s Different (And Incredibly Fun and Effective) In early Elementary Grades
  • NCTE Middle Level Steering Committee Meetings

December 2, Wisconsin Dells, WI, CESA 2 Conference Day, “Fall In Love With Close Reading.” Register here.

December 9, Westminster, CO (near Denver): Heinemann Workshop: Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts, “Fall in Love with Close Reading.” Register here.

December 10, Arlington, TX, (near Dallas): Heinemann Workshop: Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts, “Fall in Love with Close Reading.” Register here.


Winter/Spring 2015

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February 4, Indianapolis area, announced soon

February 5, Chicago area, announced soon

February 6, Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin State Reading Association, Invited Sessions. Register here.

February 21, Dublin, OH, Dublin Literacy Conference, Keynote speaker. Register here.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 7.46.54 PMFebruary 27, Osage Beach, MO, Write to Learn Conference. Keynote speaker and Sessions. Register here.

April, Hartford, CT area, announced soon


Summer 2015


Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 7.47.45 PMJune 12, Hurst, TX, North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference, Invited Sessions. Register here.

June 19, Warsaw, IN, All Write Conference, Invited Sessions.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 7.44.52 PMJune 24, York, PA, Penn State University Summer Institute, Keynote Speaker. Register here.

July 2015, announced soon.


Past Events

Events Fall/Winter 2013

September 17, Greenville, SC. “Pathways to the ELA Common Core.” Invited Speaker. Upstate Schools Consortium.

October 15, Albany, NY (web visit). Albany Area Reading Council. Invited web session. “Energize Your Research Reading and Writing.” 

 October 25, Cleveland, OH. Invited Keynote. Cleveland State University’s Annual Reading Conference: “Growing Literacy from the Core.” 

November 1-2, Dubai, UAE. “MENA Common Core Conference.” Invited Keynote and Session Speaker. 

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 7.49.15 AMNovember 5-6, New Orleans, LA. The Leadership and Learning Center’s “Common Core State Standards Summit 2.0: Getting Ready for the Next Generation Assessments,” Invited Keynote and Panelist. 

November 20, Madison, WI. Evening Invited Keynote during the University Wisconsin-Madison’s American Educators Week. 


November 21-24, Boston, MA. NCTE Annual Convention. Session G.43 Closer Reading: Close Reading Texts, Close ReadingScreen Shot 2013-06-25 at 1.20.43 PM Lives (with Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts). 

November 25-26, Boston, MA. NCTE CEL (Conference on English Leadership) Convention. Session D.5 “Falling in Love With Close  Reading: Support Your Colleagues (And Their Students) in Practical Strategies for Analyzing Texts, the Media, and Life” 

December 5, Madison, WI. Madison Area Reading Council. Evening Invited Keynote. “Falling in Love with Close Reading.” 

SOLD OUT – December 6, Milwaukee, WI. Heinemann One-Day Workshop, “Fall In Love With Close Reading.” 

December 7, Waukesha, WI. Waukesha Reading Council. Invited Speaker. “Kids Want to Write!: Develop a Powerful Culture of Writing, Growth, and Community.” 

SOLD OUT – December 9, Buffalo, NY. Heinemann One-Day Workshop, “Fall In Love With Close Reading” with Kate Roberts. 


Events Spring/Summer 2014

Screen Shot 2013-06-25 at 1.19.41 PMJan 27, 2014, Reading, PA. Berks County IU Leadership Series. Invited Speaker.”Students Want to Write: Develop Instruction that Accelerates Achievement and Supports a Student’s Natural Desire to Be Heard”. Reading, PA. 

January 28 Delaware County, PA. Delaware County IU. Invited Speaker. “Close Reading.” Event is full and taking a wait list

February 12, Online. Wisconsin State Reading Association Wired Wednesday Webinar: “Supporting Disengaged Writers in Finding Their Voice and Developing Their Skills.” 8-9pm CST. 

February 17, Washington, DC. The 23rd National Conference on Family Literacy, National Center for Families Learning. Invited speaker. 

February 20-22,  Myrtle Beach, SC. 39th Annual South Carolina International Reading Association Conference. Invited Keynote and Speaker. 

February 27, Tan-Tar-A, MO. Write to Learn Conference,  Invited Speaker for Day-Long Pre-Conference Workshop

March 7, Rochester, NY. Invited Speaker. Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES.

March 17, Greensboro, NC. North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference. Invited Speaker. 

Screen Shot 2013-07-20 at 9.41.54 AMMarch 18, Raleigh, NC. North Carolina Reading Association State Reading Conference. Invited Keynote and Session Speaker. 


March 21, Roanoke, VA. Virginia State Reading Association Conference. Invited Keynote and Session Speaker. 

April 1, Hartford, CT. Invited Speaker, Capitol Region Education Council. “Energize Research Reading and Writing: Fresh Strategies to Spark Interest, Develop Independence, and Meet Key Common Core Standards, Grades 4-8 .” 

April 3, Seattle, WA. – SOLD OUT – Heinemann One-Day Workshop, “Fall In Love With Close Reading.” 

April 4, Portland, OR. – SOLD OUT – Heinemann One-Day Workshop, “Fall In Love With Close Reading.” 

May 7, Madison, WI. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Invited Panelist. More info on this event and the the Pathways to the Common Core online book study group hosted by UW-Madison School of Education can be found here.

May 10-12, New Orleans, LA. International Reading Association 59th Annual Conference. Session, “Close Reading Without Tears: Support a Love of Reading and Thinking” co-presenting with Kate Roberts and Mary Ehrenworth

May 16, Mt. Holly, NJ. – High School Educators’ Pathways to the Common Core and PARCC. Keynote and Session presenter. Rancocas Valley High School. 


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