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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

2017 Call for Program Proposals

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 Preconference Workshop Proposals

The pre-conference session is a five-hour intensive workshop on Thursday afternoon responding to the WLU goals of teacher support and development, advocacy, and/or political action. Opportunities for participant dialogue and small-group interaction should be provided. The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a peer reviewed conference.


2016 Summer Institute

2016 WLU Summer Institute

Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action

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

Summer Institute Program

Thoughts on “Literacy that Matters” and the 26th WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute
Blog post written by Richard Meyer, who participated in a symposium.


  • Mitali Perkins, Children's author (Thursday Opening Session)
  • 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)

Preconference Workshop:  Thursday, July 14
Everyday Advocacy: Changing the Story of Literacy Education

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

Left Bank Books Onsite Book Sales
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. 

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

Read more comments from Summer Institute participants.


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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