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2016 WLU Summer Institute

WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute

Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action

July 14-16, 2016 • St. Louis, Missouri

The WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute is a small,  friendly conference inviting educators from early childhood to college to explore issues through conversation and social action. Interactive sessions invite participants to share rough draft thinking around critical issues, and engage in first hand learning experiences.

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Registration Information

WLU Member:               $225
NCTE Member Only:    $250
Nonmember:                 $300
Full-time Student:        $100

(see instructions for students)

Classroom Teacher: 
$45 off registration fees
(see instructions for classroom teachers)

Preconference Workshop:  $65.00

Friday Luncheon:  $35.00


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Mitali Perkins, Children's author (Thursday Opening Session)
RSVP for non-registrants

Korina Jocson, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Friday Opening Session)

Alexander Cuenca, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University (Friday Luncheon)

Anne Haas Dyson, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Saturday Early Childhood Session)

Donalyn Miller, Author/Educator, Fort Worth, Texas (Saturday Closing Session)



Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave
Clayton, MO 63105

Online Reservations

Phone Reservations
1-844-615-5557 (group code is TEQ)

$119 single/double plus tax

All Summer Institute activities will take place at the Clayton Plaza Hotel.

NOTE: Some dates at the Clayton Plaza Hotel are currently sold out. Additional rooms might be available after June 27, however, so please check back. If you would like to book lodging prior to that time, please look at other hotels in the area and browse discount travel websites.


Preconference Workshop:  Thursday, July 14
Everyday Advocacy: Changing the Story of Literacy Education
This workshop will immerse teachers in ways to build upon their individual stories to become everyday advocates—agents for change who work within their local contexts to subvert the current narrative about schools, teachers, and literacy learning in ways that are smart, safe, and savvy.

Symposium Sessions feature two-hour in-depth experiences on Saturday for early childhood, elementary, secondary, and college educators.

Left Bank Books Onsite Book Sales will be available in the Starbird Room during concurrent session times, as well as in the back of the Crystal Ballroom during all plenary sessions. Shipping will also be available.Book sale hours are:

Thursday, July 14: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 15: 8:00-9:45 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; 12:45-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 16: 8:00-9:30 a.m.; 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.; 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Left Bank Books is the oldest and largest independently owned, full-line bookstore in St. Louis. Their full retail store is located at 399 North Euclid Ave., St. Louis.

Early Childhood Strand co-sponsored by The NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly.

Conference Themes:

  • ECEAEarly Childhood (Sponsored by the NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly)
  • Adult Literacy
  • Critical Literacy / Democratic Classrooms
  • Digital and Visual Literacies
  • Language and Culture
  • Literacy and Social Action
  • Literacy within and across the Curriculum
  • Literature and the Imagination
  • Multilingual Classrooms
  • Parent and Community
  • Professional Learning
  • Reading and Miscue Analysis
  • Writing / Composition

Close to 50 concurrent sessions organized as panels, workshops, and conversations. The Institute offers sessions for everyone from early childhood to secondary through college.  View the schedule of events.

Why Attend the Summer Institute?
The WLU Summer Institute is a place where leaders in the field and classroom practitioners have the chance to work and talk side-by-side at sessions, in the halls, and over meals. This opportunity to come together, keeping children at the center of our own learning, makes the WLU Summer Institute a very special learning event for one and all!
---Jane Baskwill, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a forum in which teachers and learners in this increasingly complex world can share their creative work.  In whole language classrooms, curriculum builds from the experiences, inquiries, challenges, and problems in learners’ daily lives. Learners develop as readers and writers as they address important issues, solve problems, and explore themes that cross subject-area boundaries.  Our small conference provides opportunities for in-depth discussions, the sharing of rough-draft thinking around critical issues, and first-hand, multimodal learning experiences.

The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a peer-reviewed conference.  All proposals addressing whole language themes are considered.


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