• Summer Literacy Institute: Past Presenters

    July 15–18, 2019

    Colby Sharp - Book Access is a Game Changer for All Readers 
    Jennifer Serravallo - Reading Conferences: Powerful Goal-Directed Instruction Using Skill Progressions
    Cornelius Minor We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be 
    Lester Laminack - Writers ARE Readers: Use Reading Structures and Strategies to Nurture More Powerful Writers

    July 16–19, 2018

    Smokey Daniels - Rethinking Close Reading: Enhancing Comprehension The Curious Classroom: Comprehension, Community, and Inquiry; Rethinking Close Reading: Enhancing Comprehension through the Deep Study of Nonfiction Images
    Kate Roberts - DIY Literacy: Creating and Using Teaching Tools to Help Students (Happily) Hold on to Teaching and Work to Their Fullest; A Novel Approach: Whole Class Novels, Student Centered Teaching, and Choice
    Ralph Fletcher - Lifting the Chill from the Writing Classroom; Helping Children Create Memorable Memoir; How I Came to Writing
    Bao Phi - Stories to Tell

    July 10–13, 2017

    Krisin Ziemke - We are Made for Story; Micro-Writing: Using Digital Tools to Respond, Foster Fluency, and Provide Feedback across the Curriculum
    Sara Ahmed - Nurturing our Upstanders: Comprehension beyond the Classroom; Hard Work, Heart Work: Building Brave Classrooms
    Donalyn Miller - Voice and Choice: Fostering Student Reading Ownership; Books for a Better World, 2016–2017
    Christopher Lehman - Falling in Love with Close Reading, Big Thinking, and Critical Caring; Loving Nonfiction (Even When You or Your Students Don’t Think It’s Possible), Grades 3–12

    July 12–15, 2016

    Mary Ehrenworth - Growing Extraordinary Writers and Teaching Writing as a Transformative Force; Let's Debate! Raising the Level of Evidence-based Argument and Argument Writing Across the Curriculum
    Dan Feigelson - Reading Projects, Reimagined: Student Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking; Practical Punctuation: Teaching Mechanics in the Writing Workshop
    David LaRochelle - The Stories Behind the Stories
    Angela Johnson - Man-in-the-Moon Pajamas and a Literary Life
    Kristine Mraz - A Mindset for Learning: Building Classrooms of Joyful, Independent Growth; Charts as Pathways for Learning

    July 7–10, 2015

    Katherine Bomer - Writing Workshop for Teachers: Creating Engaging, Publishable Short Essays to Share in Classrooms or With the World! 
    Nell Duke Planning Project-Based Instruction With Informational Text 
    Ralph Fletcher - How Mentor Texts Lift Student Writing 
    Nikki Grimes - Beyond Race: The Universality of Story 

    July 14–17, 2014

    Peter Johnston - Opening Minds and Hearts/Developing Persistent, Strategic, Literacy Learners
    Frank Serafini - Workshop 2.0: Teaching Reading in the Digital Age/Exploring Picture Books from Two Perspectives: Author/Illustrator and Children's Literacy Professor
    Jennifer Serravallo - When Texts Get Complex: Assessment, Goal-Setting, and Getting to the Next Level/Teaching Reading in Small Groups
    Steven Layne - Confessions of a Reading Arsonist/Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers: Great Ideas You Can Put in Place Tomorrow!

    July 15–18, 2013

    Debbie Miller - Creating Cultures of Thinking, Understanding and Independence
    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce - Sustaining Professional Conversations About Student Work: Teachers Talking About Readers, Writers, Learners
    Michael Opitz - Integrating Fitness and Reading: the How and Why
    Sheree Fitch - Breathe, Stretch, Write!

    July 16–19, 2012

    Sharon Taberski - Comprehension from the Ground Up, K-6
    Greg Tang - Literacy in the Digital Age
    Katie Wood Ray - In Pictures and In Words: Teaching the Qualities of Good Writing Through Illustration Study
    Lester Laminack - Bullying Hurts: Working Toward a Culture of Kindness Through Read Aloud and Guided Conversations

    July 18–22, 2011

    Franki Sibberson - Planning for Mini Lessons in the Reading Workshop
    Kathy Collins - Reading Workshop Essentials and Best Practices: Teaching Children to Read with Power, Intention and Joy
    Katherine Bomer - Hidden Gems: Naming and Teaching the Brilliance in Every Student's Writing
    Linda Hoyt - Reaching New Heights with Nonfiction Writing
    Brian Selznick - Wonderstruck
    Notable Authors: Chris Monroe and Patricia Bauer

    July 12–16, 2010

    Georgia Heard - Climb Inside a Poem: Reading and Writing Poetry Across the School Year
    Ralph Fletcher - Pyrotechnics: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing
    Stephanie Harvey - Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action
    Lester Laminack - Let Common Sense Be Our Guide: I Have a Dream For America's Schools
    E.B. Lewis - Process vs. Product: Pointing Our Children in the Right Direction
    Notable Authors: Joyce Sidman, David Geister & Pat Bauer

    July 13–17, 2009

    Ellin Oliver Keene - To Understand:Putting the Dimensions and Outcomes of Understanding to Work
    Patricia Edwards -
    Beyond the Basic Needs: From Food, Clothing, Shelter to Home Literacy Practices
    Linda Hoyt
    - Interactive Literacy: Reading, Thinking, Taking a More Active Stance
    Peter Johnston -
    The Threads of Learning: Critical Literacy and Democracy in Classroom Talk
    Carmen Agra Deedy -
    Love in the Library
    Notable Authors:
    Debra Frasier & David LaRochelle

    July 14–18, 2008

    Patti Greene - Using Poetry to Enhance Reading and Writing
    Cathy Collins Block
    - Raising Students' Literacy Achievement: What We Have Learned Since the National Reading Panel Report
    Ralph Fletcher
    - Engaging Boy Writers
    Nell Duke
    - Findings from Research on Comprehension and Their Implications for Classroom Practice
    Patricia Reilly Giff
    - Writing: The Story of My Life
    Notable Authors:
    Rick Chrustowski & Lauren Stringer

    July 9–13, 2007

    Katie Wood Ray – On The Importance of Vision in the Teaching of Writing
    Michael P. Ford
    – Books and Beyond: New Ways to Reach Readers
    Yvonne Aarden
    – Make It Real: Learning to Love Nonfiction
    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce – Talking About Change: Students Read and Write to Create a New Vision of the Future
    Lester Laminack – Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature
    Minnesota Authors:
    Marsha Wilson Chall, Jane Resh Thomas, Phyllis Root, Marsha Qualey

    July 17–21, 2006

    Debbie Miller - In the Beginning: Creating Classroom Cultures of Thinking
    Carl Anderson
    - Placing Assessment at the Center of Writing Instruction
    Barry Lane
    - Revision: How to Teach It, Learn It and Love It
    Sara Holbrook
    - Practical Poetry: A Nonstandard Approach to Meeting Content-Area Standards
    Irene Smalls
    - The Power of One - Teach to Reach
    Minnesota Authors:
    Karen Ritz, John Coy, Isabell Monk

    July 11–15, 2005

    Pamela Nevills - Reading and Brain Development
    Stephen Cary -
    Working with Second Language Learners: Issues, Problems & Solutions
    Isoke Nia -
    Exploring Units of Study in a Writing Workshop
    Greg Tang -
    Math Literacy, The Next Frontier
    Jack Gantos -
    From Wild Things to Rotten Ralph
    Minnesota Authors:
    Marsha Wilson Chall, Jim Postier, and Phyllis Root

    July 12–16, 2004

    Regie Routman - Exemplary Reading/Writing Practices
    Stephanie Harvey
    - Nonfiction Matters!
    Katherine Bomer
    - For A Better World: Reading & Writing For Social Action
    Janet Angelillo
    - A Fresh Approach to Teaching Punctuation
    Sheree Fitch
    - "The Lipslippery Adventures of A Writing Maniac"  

    July 7–11, 2003

    Lester Laminack - Writing on a River of Rhythm
    Stephen Krashen
    - False Claims About Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Skills vs. Whole Language, and Recreational Reading
    Karen Ernst daSilva
    - Connections in the Journey: Art and Language
    Georgia Heard
    - Teaching Poetry: Giving Students the Vision and Tools to Reach for Wider Possibilities as Writers
    Ralph Fletcher
    - New Horizons For Young Writers

    July 8–12, 2002

    Stephanie Harvey - Reading Strategies for Better Comprehension
    Dorothy Watson
    - Supportive and Critical Texts
    Sharon Taberski
    - Connecting the Components of a Balanced Literacy Program for Effective Instruction
    Isoke Titilayo Nia
    - Genre Study and Writer's Workshop
    Patricia Reilly Giff
    - "No Tears in the Writer; No Tears in the Reader…."

    July 9–13, 2001

    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce - From Friends and Bullies to Racism and Social Justice: One Teacher's Search for Democracy through Education
    Richard Allington
    - What Really Matters for Struggling Readers
    Katie Wood Ray
    - The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (and they're all hard parts)
    Lester Laminack
    - Writing under the Influence: What Writers Say About Writing Process
    Pat Mora
    - Honoring the Story

    July 10–14, 2000

    Lester Laminack - Learning from Our Past, Planning for Our Future
    Ruby Payne -A Framework for Understanding & Working with Students of Poverty
    Ralph Fletcher and JoAnn Portalupi -Setting The Table For Craft
    JoAnne Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher -Teaching Students The Craft Of Writing
    Carmen Agra Deedy -Heroes that Live on Our Bookshelf

    July 12–16, 1999

    Alfie Kohn - Creating Meaning Together: Taking the Learner-Centered Classroom Beyond Academics
    Shelley Harwayne
    - Spirits on High: Lessons in Literacy and Leadership from the Manhattan New School
    Shelley Harwayne
    - Rethinking the Teaching of Writing
    Kevin Spink - Non-fiction as an Imaginative Reading Adventure Rather than a Mere Collection of Facts
    Avi - Being an Adult, Writing Children's Books

    July 13–17, 1998

    Carmen Agra Deedy - Stories of Heroic & Outrageous Women
    Donald Graves
    - The Power of Narrative
    Yvonne & David Freeman
    - Effective Practices for English Language Learners
    Lester Laminack
    - Spelling in Use: Teaching for & Documenting Growth Over Time
    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce
    - Literature & the Reading Curriculum: Reason to Celebrate/Cause for Concern

    July 21–25, 1997

    Mem Fox - Digging Up for Re-examination the Long-buried Reading Process
    Mem Fox
    - At War with Reading & Writing
    Carol Gilles
    - Helping Students Be Better Readers & Writers Through Literature Study
    Jan Turbill
    - The Eternal Quest for a Pedagogy of Literacy for All Children
    Mary Glover
    - Teacher as Poet, Poet as Teacher: "Finding the Line" in Everyday Life

    July 8–12, 1996

    Shelley Harwayne - Transforming Schools through Language and Literature
    Shelley Harwayne
    - Rethinking the Teaching of Reading and Writing
    Georgia Heard
    - The Power of Poetry
    Karen Ritz
    - Visual Literacy
    Ralph Fletcher
    - Vision and Revision: Close Encounters with a Writer's Text

    July 10–14, 1995

    Ralph Fletcher - What Writers Need
    Geane Hanson
    - Multiculturalism in the Classroom: A Journey Through Navajo Land
    Lynn Rhodes
    - Literacy Assessment that Informs Instruction
    David and Phyllis Whitin
    - Building a Supportive Mathematics Community
    Byrd Baylor
    - A Visit with Byrd

    July 11–15, 1994

    Kathy Short - Curriculum as Inquiry: Moving Beyond Theme Units to Inquiry Cycles
    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce
    - The Roles of Literature: Inquiry Curriculum
    Diane Snowball
    - The Role of Modeling for Children's Learning
    Linda Crafton
    - Inquiry-Based Evaluation
    Patricia McKissack
    - Don't Save it for Black History Month

    July 19–23, 1993

    Mem Fox - What We Do with Language and What Language Does to us
    Mem Fox
    - Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons: a Literary Explosion
    Yvonne Aarden
    - Literacy Evaluation and Assessment: A Practitioner's View
    Sandra Wilde
    - What Children Can Teach Us about Teaching Them to Spell
    Kathryn Mitchell Pierce
    - Exploring and Extending Literature Discussion Groups

    July 13–17, 1992

    Shelley Harwayne - Lasting Impressions: When Literature Informs our Writing
    Robyn Platt
    - Developing Literacy in the Classroom
    Nigel Hall & Anne Robinson
    - Young Children as Authors
    Terry Johnson
    - Integration of Language Instruction: New Models for Old
    Terry Johnson
    - Evaluation of Literacy

    July 712, 1991

    David Booth - The Power of Story
    Orysia Hull
    - Children's Writing: Theory, Development, Process
    Heidi Mills & Timothy O'Keefe
    - Whole Literacy: Thinking Like Readers, Writers & Mathematicians
    Norma Mickelson
    - Whole Language Assessment & Evaluation

  • 2013 INSTITUTE

    JULY 15-18, 2013


    Parking is free in all university lots during the summer. Please observe the restricted or no parking spaces. Street parking is available on the side streets adjacent Snelling.

    Back to Summer Literacy Institute >

  • HSE News


    Patty Born, School of Education and Leadership assistant professor, was part of a panel presentation on "Storytelling for Multispecies Compassion."


    Pam McDonald, adjunct instructor in the Gifted Certificate Program in the School of Education and Leadership was recently selected as a reviewer for Amazon.