• Summer Literacy Institute 2017
  • 27th Annual Summer Literacy Institute: K-8/K-12

    Our Stories Matter: Making Sense of the World

    Learn alongside your peers and with national literacy experts exploring issues in K-8 and K-12 literacy education. Take advantage of more than 30 breakout sessions covering a variety of literacy topics in K-8 and K-12 education, connect with other education professionals, and lend your voice to the conversation.

    The 2017 Summer Literacy Institute is held in partnership with the Minnesota Reading Association on Thursday, July 13.

    Institute Details

    Dates: July 10–13, 2017
    Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    Institute Rates:

    • $495 early-bird conference rate (register by June 9, 2017)
    • $545 regular conference rate
    • $150 two graduate credits (in addition to the conference rate)


    Since the first Summer Literacy Institute was held in 1991, the institute has featured more than 100 nationally renowned speakers who have led conversations on current topics and issues in literacy education. Want to know more? Here are highlights from the past 26 years.

    Featured Presenters

    July 10: Kristin Ziemke, consulting author and teacher

    • Morning Session: We are Made for Story
    • Afternoon Session: Micro-Writing: Using Digital Tools to Respond, Foster Fluency, and Provide Feedback across the Curriculum

    July 11: Sara Ahmed, consulting author and educator

    • Morning Session: Nurturing our Upstanders: Comprehension beyond the Classroom
    • Afternoon Session: Hard Work, Heart Work: Building Brave Classrooms

    July 12: Donalyn Miller, consulting author and educator

    • Morning Session: Voice and Choice: Fostering Student Reading Ownership
    • Afternoon Session: Books for a Better World, 2016–2017

    July 13: Christopher Lehman, author, consultant, and founding director of the Educator Collaborative

    • Morning Session: Falling in Love with Close Reading, Big Thinking, and Critical Caring
    • Afternoon Session: Loving Nonfiction (Even When You or Your Students Don’t Think It’s Possible), Grades 3–12

    Registration will open in late February. Check back often for updates!