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2018 WLU Summer Institute

WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute - Previous Revision


Reclaiming Joy in Teaching, Learning, and Research
St. Louis, MO    July 19-21, 2012

Join us in sharing your students and your stories of joys, those remarkable accomplishments that take place in spite of or in response to the repressive environments in which we might work.  Join us in reclaiming our joys and celebrating them in the wonderfully supportive forum that gathers each year under the whole language umbrella!


Hotel Information

All summer institute activities will take place at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.  Special room rates are available until June 27.

  • Double/King City View  $135.00
  • Double/King Landmark View  $145.00
  • Double/King Busch Stadium View  $155.00
  • King Executive Floor  $165.00

Click here to make Online Reservations and learn more about the hotel. 

The Hilton at the Ballpark is sold out on Saturday night because a baseball game is in town.  The average room rate for Saturday night is $309.  However, since WLU is going to be meeting in the hotel, they have agreed to take 20 addition rooms from their inventory for us to use on Saturday night, but the cost will be $195 for that night only.  You will need to book early to receive that rate.


Registration Information

Registration deadline is July 13, 2012.  Anyone wishing to register after this date must register onsite in St. Louis. 

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Register by Mail: 
Download the REGISTRATION FORM and mail to NCTE.   

Registration Rates
Before July 13Onsite After July 13
WLU/NCTE Member $185WLU/NCTE Member $205
NCTE Member $210NCTE Member $230
Nonmember $260Nonmember $280
Full-time student $100Full-time student $100

Preconference Workshop:  $65

Friday Luncheon:  $34

Special Events

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Keynote Speakers

Isoke Titilayo Nia, Thursday Opening Session

R. Joseph Rodriguez, Friday Opening Session

Nikki Grimes, Saturday Opening Session

Read more about the speakers here


Preconference Workshop

Reclaiming Literacy: Supporters of Public Education Strategizing Together
Thursday, July 19  11:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Tickets $65.00 lunch included)

Corporate interests will continue to trump the rights of children to a well-rounded, fully funded public education, and access to a meaningful, responsive literacy curriculum . . . UNLESS WE ACT NOW!  This summer we invite educational activists, Save Our Schools supporters, and whole language advocates to collaborate in planning strategies for resistance against corporate control of schools and literacy.

Read more about the workshop here!



A Luncheon in Honor of Dorothy Watson’s Dedication to WLU
Friday, July 20  12:45–2:00 p.m. 
(Tickets $34.00 per person)

Dorothy Watson, Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri Columbia, has befriended and mentored hundreds of teachers and children. She has authored and co-authored texts and publications that cover a range of progressive literacy topics. Some of us know her as the first person to have introduced us to the tenets and beliefs of whole language learning; her faith and belief in the wholistic approach to teaching are a living legacy. Most of all, Dorothy has defined the lives of so many young readers, always reminding us that a child is not a test score.

This session is intended for anyone attending the summer institute. Seasoned participants will enjoy reminiscing and learning about Dorothy. Those new to the institute will get a sense of the history, joy, beliefs, and possibilities of being part of an important professional home.


Special Events

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Bell Ringer Sessions
Friday, July 20  10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

A.01  Ruth Davenport, “Reclaiming Joy in the Teaching of Miscue Analysis: Our Shared Journey of Change”

A.02  Tasha Tropp Laman, Amy Seely Flint, and Sanjuana Rodriguez, “Finding Their Way in the World: Writing Art, and Identity with Young English Language Learners”

A.03  Scott Ritchie, Wendy Harris, Elizabeth Hill, Karen Kraeger, and Tiffany Proctor, “Co-Constructing Spaces for Student Agency: Critical Discourse Analysis in K–8 Settings”

A.04  Ken Goodman, Steven Strauss, Eric Paulson, and Peter Fries, “Reading: The Grand Illusion”

Circus Harmony
Friday, July 20  5:00–6:30 p.m.

Circus Harmony is a ground-breaking, bridge-building project that features circus arts performed by children from different neighborhoods accompanied by music from different countries. The project includes weekly development and training of youth circus performers, rehearsals with professional musicians, and regular public performances.

City Museum Trip
Saturday, July 21  1:00-5:00 p.m.
(Tickets $17.00, limited to 20 participants)

Contact Sue Gallivan at NCTE for tickets.


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