• Summer Literacy Institute: 2015 Presenters

    Katherine Bomer

    Katherine Bomer SLIKatherine consults internationally as a keynote speaker, workshop presenter and literacy coach inside K-12 classrooms, on all topics involving reading and writing workshop. A published poet and essayist, Bomer wrote Writing A Life: Teaching Memoir to Sharpen Insight, Shape Meaning, and Triumph Over Tests, For A Better World: Reading and Writing for Social Action with Randy Bomer, and Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching from the Brilliance in Every Student’s Writing. Bomer has taught primary and intermediate grades in New York City, Bloomington, IN, and Austin, TX. She began work as a literacy professional developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 1988, where she continues to serve as a keynote speaker and teacher of advanced courses in reading and writing genres and topics. Bomer also teaches extended summer reading and writing institutes for teachers. She presents annually at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference.

    Nell K. Duke, Ed.D.

    Nell K. Duke SLINell is a professor of literacy, language, and culture and a faculty affiliate in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan and a member of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel. Duke received her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include the development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. She currently serves as co-principal investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. She is author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books. Duke also has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the U.S.

    Ralph Fletcher

    Ralph FletcherRalph has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. He frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Fletcher is the author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; What a Writer Needs, 2nd edition; Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices; and Breathing In, Breathing Out. Students know Fletcher as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer’s Notebook, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid, Also Known As Rowan Pohi, and Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know. He is currently working on a professional book for teachers about teaching nonfiction.

    Nikki Grimes

    Nikki GrimesNew York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.


    Marsha Wilson Chall

    Martha Wilson ChallBorn and raised in Minnesota, Marsha Wilson Chall sets her stories in the lakes, woods, and prairies. Chall has published a children’s chapter book and eight picture books, including Pick a Pup, One Pup's Up, Up North at the Cabin, and Bonaparte. Her books have received numerous awards: an International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award, American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, Parents Choice, NAPPA Gold Award, and Smithsonian Notable recognition. When not writing or sharing her love of good books at schools or conferences, she enjoys teaching in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University. She has two grown children and lives on a small farm west of Minneapolis with her husband, dog, and barn cats.

    David Geister and Patricia Bauer

    Geister and BauerDavid Geister is a Minnesota-based artist specializing in historical art, picture book illustrations, and landscape paintings, telling stories through his historical paintings and costumed storytelling. Geister has illustrated multiple picture books, including The Invisible You, T is for Twin Cities, The Voyageur’s Paddle, Riding to Washington, Surviving the Hindenburg and Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky.

    Pat Bauer is a veteran teacher, who shares her passion for history, art, music and literacy with her sixth grade students. Pat is also passionate about using picture books to teach history.

    Together, the married couple co-created B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. Collaborating on this book with her husband was a dream come true for Bauer, because they have both been fascinated with the Civil War since childhood and love working together. They live in Minneapolis, where their home is filled with paintings, music, books, family, friends, fresh bread, two cats, and a wiener dog.

  • rATES 

    • $445 Early-bird conference rate
          (Register on or before June 9th)
    • $495 Regular conference
    • $150 Two graduate credits

    If space remains, one-day registrations may be accepted at $150 per day.


    Parking is free in all university lots during summer (except for the Anderson Center ramp, which has an hourly charge). Please observe the restricted or no parking spaces. Street parking is available on the side streets adjacent to Snelling.