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2017 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. 

Hotel rooms are available at The Cheshire St. Louis, 6300 Clayton Road, St. Louis MO 63117

The $155 rate includes a continental breakfast and transportation to the Hilton at the Ballpark. (16.675% tax)

Reservations by phone:  314-647-7300, Ext. 503 



Registration Information

Early registration deadline has passed but you can still register onsite in St. Louis! 

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


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)

Forothy WatsonDorothy 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.  









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