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  • Hamline University Summer Literacy Institute 2021

    Stories Matter: Listen, Believe, and Learn

    July 12 - 15, 2021

    Great news! The Summer Literacy Institute is back this year—better than ever!

    Our 30th Summer Literacy Institute will be virtual, and will feature inspirational keynote speakers, breakout sessions by local presenters, opportunities to network with other educators, access to local booksellers—and more!

    The purpose of our Institute is to center social justice and equity in literacy education. By critically examining our own biases and the systems in which we live and work, we can act to disrupt injustice. As participants, presenters, and organizers of the Institute, we come together as a community of learners to inspire one another, to learn, and to take action.

    Aligning our work with Hamline University’s vision for equity and inclusive excellence, we are committed to creating an inclusive community of literacy educators.


    Summer Literacy Institute 2021 Keynote Speakers


    July 12 - 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_aerialeJuly 13 - Aeriale 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_anteroJuly 14 - 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_KaoJuly 15 - Kao 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.



    Want to register for the full conference, for credit? Use this Google Form. Rates are as follows -

    • Regular registration (on or after June 1, 2021) - $495 (includes two graduate credits)



    Want to register without seeking credit? Use our Ticketbud page! Rates are as follows -

    • Full conference, regular registration (on or after June 1, 2021) - $340
    • One-day registration - $99


    Submit a Breakout Presenter Proposal for SLI 2021!

    In addition to the keynote speaker each day, we invite local educators to offer breakout sessions. Virtual breakout sessions are scheduled from 10:30-11:30, 12:00-1:00, and 1:15-2:15, Monday - Wednesday. The deadline to submit a session proposal is May 21. Proposal selection will be completed by the end of May. Breakout session presenters will be invited to attend one complimentary day of the Institute.

    Click here to submit a proposal: 2021 SLI Invitation to Submit a Proposal.


  • 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


     ** These days include free optional membership to sponsoring organization. Please indicate whether you would like to receive membership by selecting the membership option at ticket selection.

    ** Scholarships and student discounted pricing will be available. Please email Maggie Struck (mstruck01@hamline.edu) for more information.



    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.

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