July 20, 2011

Teachers Say Hamline’s Summer Literacy Institute Leaves Them Informed, Inspired & Empowered

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For more than two decades, K-6 teachers and administrators have come to Hamline’s Saint Paul campus for one week in the summer to discover the most effective and innovative practices in literacy education.

The Summer Literacy Institute, hosted by Hamline’s School of Education, not only draws educators from across the region, but from as far way as Argentina, Vietnam, and Croatia. While their backgrounds and classrooms may be very different, the educators come to Hamline with the same goal.

“People here are passionate about literacy and dedicated to making a difference in the lives of students,” Hamline assistant professor Marcia Rockwood said. “What they learn this week empowers them to become better educators.”

Morning sessions feature presentations from some nationally recognized leaders in the field. Breakout sessions are scheduled each afternoon and cover a wide range of relevant topics including: how to engage students in reading and writing exercises, the best nonfiction books for young readers, innovations in reading comprehension assessments, the latest literacy research, and how to support English language learners.

“I’ve come to the institute for 12 years. It’s rejuvenating and helps me get energized for the upcoming school year,” Amy Engen, a fifth grade teacher in the Burnsville, Minnesota school district, said. “I always come away with ideas that I can use in my classroom, and it reminds me why I love my job.”

While the institute offers an intense and inspiring experience and the opportunity to earn graduate degree credits, Hamline’s dedication to literacy expands far beyond the summer. Along with its other degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral level, the School of Education offers a master of arts degree in literacy education, K–12 reading license, and graduate certificates in children’s literature, book arts, and literacy.

“Literacy is at the heart of all learning,” Rockwood said. “Teachers who are able to increase student proficiency in this area can help close achievement gaps in other subjects as well.”

Learn more about the Summer Literacy Institute and the range of undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees offered through the School of Education on Hamline’s website.