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2016 WLU Summer Institute

Schedule of Events - Previous Revision

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Thursday, July 17

10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Registration
 11:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Preconference Workshop (tickets required)
   7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.Opening  Session: David Diaz


Friday, July 18

  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Registration
  8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Opening Session: Opal School teacher-researchers
  9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Coffee Break / Refreshments
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. A Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   B Sessions
  1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.Luncheon: Ray & Prisca Martens (tickets required)
  2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.C Sessions
  4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.D Sessions
  5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    
Refreshments & Entertainment

Saturday, July 19

  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.   Registration 
  8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Coffee Break / Refreshments
  9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. E / F Symposium Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   G Sessions
12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
  2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.H Sessions
  3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.Coffee Break / Refreshments
  4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.Closing Session: Kathy Short
  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Delegates Assembly



Click Here to Register OnlineFriday Luncheon:  1:00-2:15 p.m. 
(Tickets are required and cost $35)

Drawing Stories, Writing Pictures: Creating Meaning in Story Weaving Studio
Prisca and Ray Martens both teach at Towson University and have collaborated with teachers for several years, exploring how to help students read the art in picturebooks, as well as the written text, to construct meaning. In this presentation, they and several teachers share their work with students in Story Weaving Studio. Story Weaving Studio, while similar to writing workshop, has a distinct focus on supporting students’ composing and weaving meanings together in writing and art. Minilessons explore art concepts and artists’ thinking and decision making in addition to that of authors. Teachers conference with students about their composing in both symbol systems. Prisca, Ray, and the teachers look forward to sharing the students’ amazing work!

EMMA Researchers Meeting:  Thursday, July 17, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
This meeting focuses on sharing Eye Movement Miscue Analysis research methodology and on-going projects. It is open to anyone interested in EMMA research. RSVP to Prisca Martens at


Symposium Sessions

Saturday, July 19, 9:00–11:15 a.m.
Provides participants time to engage with a topic in depth, explore theoretical and philosophical frameworks, learn about research foundations, experience learning engagements, and/or try specific strategies to bring back to their setting.

Unearthing Rich Family Literacies through Community Mapping
Rosario Ordoñez-Jasis, Laura Diaz, George Herrera, Carlos Ochoa, and Elizabeth Zuniga-Rios, Rowland Unified School District, and KaiLonnie Dunsmore, National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE)

Panelists will discuss an inquiry-based community mapping project carried out by teachers and parents in Rowland Unified School District. The goal of this project was to uncover the depth and diversity of community and home-based language and literacy resources. Presenters will share the process of mapping in the context of their school communities, and will discuss implications for practice as it relates to literacy instruction, parent involvement, and home-school collaborations.

Strong Girls Read Strong Books
Renita Schmidt, The University of Iowa and Kathryn Whitmore, University of Louisville

This symposium will engage the audience in reading, discussing, and responding to a collection of children’s literature read by 4th--6th grade girls, teachers, and teacher educators in an after-school book club to demonstrate how and why to read books with strong female protagonists with young female readers.

Reading and Writing Like Historians
Debra Schneider, Tracy Unified School District, Tom O’Hara, and Maureen Riley, Merrill F. West High School

Teacher-researchers explore reading, writing, and speaking in high school history to build students' civic competence.  The presenters will show elements of a series of lesson on women in 20th century history that immersed students in documents, provocative questions, reading, writing and discussing history and questioning the world around them. The lessons include reading closely, composing in academic language, and making sense of changes in the role of women during the 20th century.

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