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WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute

Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds
Reading, Writing, and Taking Action

July 9-11, 2015 • Atlanta, Georgia

The 26th Literacies for All Summer Institute celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first WLU conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1990.  The conference theme, Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds, invites us to share stories of wonder and frustration as we explore language and literacy learning and teaching. We will reflect on whole language as a part of the historic tapestry of progressive education, democratic schools, and critical literacy.  Our work builds upon the foundation put into place by our mentors and leaders, but the creative work of teachers involves constantly re-visioning the potential of holistic learning communities, informed by the most current research and thinking on language education.  This conference invites educators to come together and explore issues through conversation and social action.

Proposal Submission closed January 31, 2015. 
Invitations will be sent in early April for accepted proposals.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Grace Lin is the author and illustrator of picture books, early readers, and middle grade novels including the 2010 Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
  • JoBeth Allen is professor of language and literacy at the University of Georgia and is the author of A Critical Inquiry Framework for K-12 Teachers: Lessons and Resources from the U.N. Rights of the Child.
  • Peter H. Johnston is professor emeritus of the University at Albany-SUNY and has published several books including Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives.
  • Candace Kuby is an assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Missouri, Columbia and the author of Critical Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom.

Hotel Information

Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory
130 Clairemont Avenue
Decatur, GA 30030

All Summer Institute activities will take place at this hotel.

Make a reservations online or call Marriott Reservations at 1-888-236-2427 and ask for 2015 Literacies for All Conference July 2015. 

Room rate:  $149.00

Reservation Deadline: 6/15/15

Registration Information Available Soon!

A Working Conference:  We invite participant study groups, TAWL groups, and other interest groups to schedule interest/action meetings and will provide times for groups to meet.  Please use the Action/Interest Group Proposal Form to request a meeting space.

Pre-Conference: This five-hour intensive workshop on Thursday afternoon will respond to the WLU goals of teacher support and development, advocacy, and/or political action. Opportunities for participant dialogue and small-group interaction will be provided.

Conference Strands:

  • Literacy and Social Action
  • Language and Culture
  • Literature and the Imagination
  • Reading and Miscue Analysis
  • Literacy within and across the Curriculum
  • Adult Literacy
  • ECEAEarly Childhood–Cosponsored by the NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly, these strand sessions focus on issues pertaining to the education of children from birth to age eight, their families, and their teachers. Early literacy is a key concept in these sessions that also address diversities in early childhood and highlight practices and processes that are situated in social, historical, and cultural contexts.
The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a peer-reviewed conference.  All proposals addressing whole language themes are considered.


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.


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