Remembering Carol M. Connor

Remembering Carol M. Connor

We are saddened to announce that Carol Connor our President Elect passed away the morning of May 14, 2020 at her home in California, surrounded by the love of her husband and close family. 

We have been privileged to work with such a dedicated and passionate member of SSSR. Through her service as both Treasurer, Vice President, and President Elect, Carol demonstrated her care for our society and its members. Just this week Carol was helping to resolve the varied and complex issues around the (now rescheduled) annual international conference in California: She was determined that our society should recover and thrive, despite the current challenges.

As one of our leading scholars, Carol’s work has had a significant impact on our field and made a positive difference to the literacy outcomes of countless children. As a friend, colleague, and mentor, Carol has enhanced the lives and careers of the current and next generation of education scientists.

We are only beginning to count the ways that we shall miss her.

Response to Coronavirus

Dear SSSR Members,

Our July 2020 conference in Newport Beach is now about four months away and we know that many of you are making travel arrangements. We are following the evolution of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) very closely. The health and safety of conference participants are primary concerns for all of us as we look ahead to July 2020. We are reaching out frequently to local and national civic and health officials for the best and most current knowledge and advice, and we will continue to do so going forward. As of now, we are planning to hold the conference. If there are travel restrictions for our international colleagues, please know that we will refund your conference fee minus the credit card procession fee.

We will continue to communicate with you as the conference approaches should any changes in local circumstances occur. Please know that, as I said earlier, assuring the well-being of the SSSR community remains our top priority.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to our conference chairs.


Carol Connor,
Penelope Collins
Young Suk Kim

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