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    25th Annual Summer Literacy Institute: K-8/K-12

    Celebrating Literacy for 25 years: honoring our past, envisioning our future

    • July 7-10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on July 10)
    • In partnership with the Minnesota Reading Association

    Celebrate with us at Hamline's 25th annual Summer Literacy Institute. Learn alongside your peers and with national literacy experts exploring issues in K-8 and K-12 literacy education.


    • Explore literacy issues in K-8 education Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and in K-12 education on Thursday.
    • Engage in a collaborative learning environment and connect with other educators.
    • Enjoy breakout sessions in 21st-century learning skills, educational equity, reading, writing, and children's literature.

    Featured Presenters

    Summer Literacy Institute was first held in 1991, since that time, it has featured more than 100 nationally-renowned speakers to lead conversations on current topics and issues in literacy education.

    Highlights from the Past 25 Years

    Don’t miss our amazing line up of featured presenters during this extraordinary week:

    Tuesday, July 7: Ralph Fletcher, author of many bestselling books on teaching writing and more than 20 books for children and young adults

         Morning Session: Helping Students Write Nonfiction That's Non-Formulaic  

         Afternoon Session: How Mentor Texts Lift Student Writing

    Wednesday, July 8: Katherine Bomer, published poet and essayist, keynote speaker, workshop presenter, and literacy coach

         Morning SessionEssays as Explorations: Developing Complex and Engaging Content Inside Organic and Logical Structures

         Afternoon SessionWriting Workshop for Teachers: Creating Engaging, Publishable Short Essays to Share in Classrooms or With the World!


    Thursday, July 9: Nell Duke, professor of literacy, language, and culture and faculty affiliate in the education and psychology combined program at the University of Michigan

         Morning Session: Planning Project-Based Instruction with Informational Text (K-12)  

         Afternoon Session: Repeat of Morning Session

    Friday, July 10: Nikki Grimes, author of more than 45 books written for children and young adults, poet, and journalist

         Morning Session: Beyond Race: The Universality of Story  

         Afternoon Session: Readings from Nikki Grimes' work

    Local Authors and Illustrator

    Marsha Wilson Chall, author of several children's books, including Up North at the Cabin.

    Patricia Bauer, author of B Is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet.

    David Geister, Minneapolis-based artist and children's book illustrator.


    • $445 Early-Bird Conference Rate (Register by June 8, 2015)
    • $495 Regular Conference Rate
    • $150 Two graduate credits

    If space remains, one-day registrations will be available for $150 per day.


    Hamline School of Education is awarding scholarships to teachers of color in their first three years of service OR for students of color who completed the MA-Teaching Literacy Strand (MAT Plan B) in December 2013 through spring 2015. Scholarships are for the 2015 Summer Literacy Institute, July 7-10, PLUS the two graduate credit option ($595 value). Deadline for application is June 1, 2015; however, interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible, as there are limited funds available.

    Download the scholarship form


    Current and former Hamline students who know their Hamline ID and password can register online through Piperline.

    Register Online

    One-Day Registrations

    One-day registrations are now accepted for July 7, 8, and 10.

    Online One-Day Registration

    If you are interested in registering for one day on Thursday, July 9, you are encouraged to register through the Minnesota Reading Association (MRA) Summer Conference at www.mnreading.org. For more information on the MRA Summer Conference, click here.

    Alternate Ways to Register

    If you have never taken a class at Hamline or if you have but do not know your Hamline ID and password, register through one of these two ways:

    Request registration through the online form.

    Complete the paper form and mail or fax your registration.