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  • Hamline University Summer Literacy Institute

    Summer Literacy Institute will return in 2023

    Please check back here in January for details.

    Summer of 2022

    For those who were counting on the 2 credits the institute offers, LANG 7998 Special Topic: Social Justice and Literacy Instruction is a great option.

    Special Topic: Social Justice and Literacy Instruction
    This course focuses on social justice and equity in literacy education. By critically examining our own biases and the systems in which we liver and work, we will explore and create ways we can act to disrupt injustice as agents of change in K–12 classroom settings. As students and instructors, we will come together as a community of learners to inspire one another, to learn, and to take action.


    Continuing studies and certificate courses are $375/credit.


    Past Summer Literacy Institute Keynote Speakers


    Dr. Bettina L. Love she/her/hers is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children.

    thumb_aerialeAeriale N. Johnson she/her/we, is a Reggio-inspired, abolitionist educator. She taught public school for twenty-three years in Florida, Alaska, and California. In 2021, she transitioned from being a classroom teacher to serving as a staff developer for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Aeriale strives to help teachers build a democratic classroom where all adults (educators and families) believe in children, allow children to bring the fullness of their humanity into the space, and deliberately relinquish their power to the children.

    Thumb_antero Antero Garcia he/him/his is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He studies how technology and gaming shape youth learning, literacy practices, and civic identities. Based on his research, Garcia co-designed the Critical Design and Gaming School--a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. Antero’s research has appeared in multiple journals. His recent books include Everyday Advocacy: Teachers who Change the Literacy Narrative, Good Reception: Teens, Teachers, and Mobile Media in a Los Angeles High School, and Compose Our World: Project-Based Learning in Secondary English Language Arts.

    Thumb_KaoKao Kalia Yang she/her/hers is an award-winning Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World. Yang is also the author of the children’s books, A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, The Most Beautiful Thing and Yang Warriors.
    She co-edited the ground-breaking collection What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color. Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. Her children’s books have been recognized as Notable Books by the American Library Association, the Zolotow Honor, as Kirkus Best Books of the Year, and won a Heartland Bookseller’s Award. Yang is the recipient of four Minnesota Book Awards and the Ordway Center’s Sally Award for Social Impact.


  • Sponsoring Organizations:

    Minnesota Reading Council

    Website: mra.onefireplace.org/
    Facebook: Minnesota Reading Association
    Twitter: Follow @MNReadAssocl

     Twin Cities Area Reading Association 

    Website: www.tcarcmn.org/
    Facebook: Twin Cities Area Reading Council
    Twitter: Follow @TCReadCouncil

    Minnesota Writing Project

    Website: www.writing.umn.edu/mwp/
    Facebook: @mwpconnect
    Twitter: @MWPconnect

    Hamline Elementary School

    Website: www.spps.org/hamline
    Facebook: @hamlineelementaryschool
    Twitter: @HamlineElem



    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.