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2016 WLU Summer Institute

Keynote Speakers

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Thursday, July 14

Mitali Perkins has written nine novels for young readers, including Rickshaw Girl (chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the top 100 books for children in the past 100 years) and Bamboo People (an American Library Association's Top Ten Novels for Young Adults, starred in Publishers Weekly as "a graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship.") Her newest novel, Tiger Boy, is a Junior Library Guild selection and 2016 NCTE Charlotte Huck Award Honor Book. She has been honored as a "Most Engaging Author" by independent booksellers across the country and selected as a "Literary Light for Children" by the Associates of the Boston Public Library. Mitali was born in Kolkata, India before immigrating to the Bay Area with her family. She has lived in Bangladesh, India, England, Thailand, Mexico, Cameroon, and Ghana, studied at Stanford and U.C. Berkeley, and currently resides in the East Bay where she is a lecturer at Saint Mary's College of California.

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Mitali Perkins will speak during the Opening Session on Thursday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 


Friday, July 15

Korina JocsonKorina Jocson is an assistant professor and a cross-disciplinary scholar in social justice education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Central to her work are arts-informed sociocultural approaches that examine youth literacies and issues of equity, access, and inclusion particularly among historically marginalized youth. Dr. Jocson primarily engages in qualitative inquiry to address persistent challenges in urban education. For over a decade, she has collaborated with educators and cultural workers in support of youth's academic, career, and life trajectories. She is the author of Youth Poets: Empowering Literacies In and Out of Schools (Peter Lang, 2008) and editor of Cultural Transformations: Youth and Pedagogies of Possibility (Harvard Education Press, 2013). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript on youth media and education to be published by University of Minnesota Press. Other publications have appeared in scholarly journals such as Curriculum Inquiry, Teachers College Record, Daedalus, Pedagogies, and Urban Review, as well as included in a number of anthologies and edited books. She is an active member of the American Educational Research Association and serves on the Affirmative Action Council (Division G: Social Contexts of Education). Dr. Jocson received her Ph.D. in Education in the area of language, literacy, and culture at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Education.

Korina Jocson will speak Friday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m.


Friday, July 15

Alexander Cuenca is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Education at Saint Louis University. He taught middle school social studies in Miami, Florida before earning his Ph.D. in Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia. His research examines social studies teaching and learning, teacher learning during the student teaching experience, and the pedagogy of teacher education.

Most recently, Dr. Cuenca's work has focused on examining ways to leverage the professional preparation of social studies teachers to address issues of socioeconomic inequality. Dr. Cuenca is co-editor of the forthcoming book, Rethinking Social Studies Teacher Education for 21st Century Citizenship. He is an active member of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Educational Research Association.

Alexander Cuenca will be the featured speaker at the Friday Luncheon from 1:00-2:15 p.m.


Saturday, July 16

Anne Haas DysonAnne Haas Dyson is a former teacher of young children and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Among her previous appointments was as a longtime professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received the campus-wide Distinguished Teaching Award. She has spent over 35 years studying the childhood cultures and literacy learning of young schoolchildren, for which she has received numerous awards. Dyson aims, first, to bring respect and intellectual attention to childhood cultures and their relationship to school learning. Young children do not participate in school because they are concerned about the national economy, international competition, or climbing a ladder to academic accolades from a grateful nation. They desire to make sense of their world and to gain companionship in what can be a confusing world. Second, she aims to document the diversity of resources (languages, popular culture texts, semiotic tools, everyday experiences) our diverse school children bring with them with which to participate intellectually and socially in school, especially in written language development. Her newest publications are ReWRITING the Basics: Literacy Learning in Children’s Cultures (2013) which won the 2015 NCTE David H. Russell Award and Child Cultures, Schooling, and Literacy: Global Perspectives on Children Composing their Lives (2016).

Anne Haas Dyson will speak on Saturday morning from 8:30-9:15 p.m.


Saturday, July 16

Donalyn MillerDonalyn Miller has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade language arts and social studies in the Fort Worth, Texas area and was a finalist for 2010 Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year. In her popular book, The Book Whisperer, Donalyn reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year. In her latest book, Reading in the Wild, Donalyn collects responses from 900 adult readers and uses this information to teach lifelong reading habits to her students. Donalyn is the founder of the annual #bookaday event and co-host the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk. Her articles about teaching and reading have appeared in publications such as Education Week Teacher, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership, and The Washington Post.

See more about Donalyn and her work at

Donalyn Miller will speak at the Closing Session on Saturday afternoon from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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