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WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute

Global Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections

July 20-22, 2017 • Tucson, Arizona • Marriott University Park

The 2017 Summer Institute theme, “Global Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections,” invites us to give voice to the languages, literacies, and cultures of the diverse students in our classrooms and among ourselves as professionals. As an international organization with a lengthy history of progressive education, democratic schools, and critical literacy, our creative work involves constantly affirming the potential of whole language learning communities to examine the world we live in through multiple languages and literacies. This Summer Institute invites educators to come together to learn and explore these issues through a variety of forums including workshops, symposia, panels, poster presentations, conversations, and social/political action. 

2017 Call for Program Proposals


Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss

Curtis Acosta

Curtis Acosta

Deborah Wells Rowe

Wells Rowe

Perry Gilmore

Perry Gilmore

  • Marissa Moss (Thursday Opening Session)
  • Curtis Acotsa (Friday Opening Session)
  • Deborah Wells Rowe (Saturday Opening Session)
  • Perry Gilmore (Saturday Closing Session)

Conference Themes:

  • ECEAEarly Childhood (Sponsored by the NCTE Early Childhood Education Assembly)
  • Literacy and Literature
  • Literacy and Culture
  • Digital and Visual Literacies
  • Reading and Miscue Analysis
  • Multiple Languages and Literacies
  • Literacy and Social/Political Action
  • Community Literacies
  • Collaborative Projects

Over 50 concurrent sessions organized as panels, workshops, posters, symposia, and conversations. The Summer Institute offers sessions for everyone from early childhood through college. 

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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