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.
We invite proposals focusing on the potential of literacy learning and teaching within holistic classrooms in the 21st century, including sessions focusing on:
Teacher to Teacher:
- Democratic classroom communities and multicultural/multilingual learning communities
- Reading and writing within and across social science, natural science, and the humanities
- Collaborations between learners, teachers, parents, and community members, through efforts such as community study, inquiry studies, service learning, critical pedagogy, and social action
- Teachers and learners engaged in the creative processes of generating themes and projects, planning learning experiences, and selecting texts, topics, genre, media, and modalities for learning
- Learners and teachers using multiple modalities—language, art, music, drama, mathematics, movement, digital and other new literacies—to express and extend learning
We are particularly seeking teaching teams and panels of experienced teachers who can share ongoing projects and inquiries. 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 Session:
This five-hour intensive workshop on Thursday afternoon should respond 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. Please use the Pre-Conference Proposal Form
for this session. Conference Strands:
The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a peer-reviewed conference. All proposals addressing whole language themes will be considered.
- Literacy and Social Action
- Language and Culture
- Literature and the Imagination
- Reading and Miscue Analysis
- Literacy within and across the Curriculum
- Adult Literacy
- Early 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 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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