Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Bean

Illustrator and two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, for At Night and Building Our House.

Jitu Brown

National Director, Journey for Justice Alliance, an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations.

Mary Lee Hahn and Franki Sibberson

Fifth-grade teachers and bloggers at "A Year of Reading."

David Wiesner

Writer and illustrator of children's books including The Three Pigs, Mr. Wuffles, and I Got It!


WLU/NCTE Member $225
NCTE Member only $250
Nonmember $300
Student Member $100

Classroom Teacher Discount–$45 off registration rates

Preconference Workshop $75
Friday Luncheon $50

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All Summer Institute activities will take place at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Single / Double $159.00

To secure your hotel room reservation at the special group rate, enter the code 1807NCTEUM at checkout. Hotel reservations can also be made by phone at 855-539-1928.

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  • Literacy and Literature
  • Language and Culture
  • Digital and Visual Literacies
  • Reading and Miscue Analysis
  • Multiple Languages and Literacies
  • Literacy and Social/Political Action
  • Community Literacies
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Early Childhood
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WLU Scholarships

Scholarships are available for teachers to attend the Literacies for All Summer Institute. Teachers who embrace whole language practices in their elementary, middle, or high school classroom will be considered. The scholarship supports registration costs and one year of WLU/NCTE membership. Each award is valued to be no more than $300. Deadline: May 20, 2018

Scholarship Application Scholarship Donation

Schedule of Events

Thursday, July 12
8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Eye Movement/Miscue Analysis (EMMA) Researchers Meeting
11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Preconference Workshop (additional registration)
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception w/Entertainment
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Opening Session: David Weisner

Friday, July 13
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Opening Session: Jitu Brown
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session A
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon: Jonathan Bean (ticket required)
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Breakout Session B
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session C
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Breakout sessions D

Saturday, July 14
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session E
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.Breakout Session F
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. Breakout Session G
3:00 – 4:15 p.m. Delegates Assembly
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Closing Session: Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn

Preconference Workshop

Organizing for Racial and Social Justice in Schools and Communities

Thursday, July 12 • 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Jitu Brown

The Preconference Workshop for the 2018 Literacies for All Summer Institute continues the tradition of focusing on educational activism. This summer, diverse local and national activists will join us in addressing our theme “Organizing for Racial & Social Justice in Schools and Communities.” Jitu Brown, National Director of Journey 4 Justice Alliance and the “We Choose Campaign” will be the inspirational keynote speaker. Meet and learn in workshops with leaders of Journey for Justice Alliance, Advancement Project, BMORE, Racial Justice Now!, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and others. Topics of interactional sessions will include: union activism, safe schools for “Dreamers,” restorative justice, school-to-prison pipeline and much more.

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11:45 a.m. Check-in and Lunch
12:00 p.m. Welcome and Overview
12:15 p.m. Break Out Session I
1:45 p.m. Keynote and Conversation (Jitu Brown): “We Choose Campaign”
3:00 p.m. Break Out Session II
4:30 p.m. Open Space Conversations
5:00 p.m. Actions and Commitments

Community Activists Making a Difference

  • Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle
  • Jason Downs: Civil Rights Attorney

Fighting School Closing

  • Journey 4 Justice Film: “Our Children are not Collateral Damage”
  • BMORE (Baltimore Movement of Rank-and-File Educators Caucus)

Organizing, Supporting, Recruiting, and Retaining Educators of Color

  • Howard County Educators of Color Caucus
  • Transforming Teacher Development: Teacher Ed Activists

Union Activism for Racial and Social Justice

  • Think Global, Act Local Campaign

Creating School “Safe Zones” for Dreamers and DACA

  • SOS Activist School Board Caucus
  • High School Student “Dreamer”

Racial Justice Activism in Schools and Communities

  • Racial Justice NOW! and Culturally Relevant Curriculum Toolkit
  • Dignity in Schools Campaign

School-to-Prison Pipeline, Restorative Justice

  • Advancement Project
  • Restorative Justice Initiative

Workshop Registration: $75 (includes lunch)



Special thanks to the sponsors who help to make the Literacies for All Summer Institute possible.


Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)

Early Childhood Education Assembly (ECEA)

Save Our Schools (SOS)

Past WLU Summer Institutes


2017 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 20-22, 2017, Tucson Arizona
Global Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections

2016 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 14-16, 2016, St. Louis, Missouri
Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action

2015 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 9-11, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds: Reading, Writing, and Taking Action

2014 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 17-19, 2014, Pasadena, California
Making Meaning: Teaching and Learning Together

2013 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 18-20, 2013, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Authentic Literacy Events and Social Actions: Celebrating Relationships and Partnerships

2012 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 19-21, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri
Reclaiming Joy in Teaching, Learning, and Research

2011 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 21-24, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada
Teachers, Students, and Families Together: Nurturing Literate Communities

2010 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 8-11, 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana
Reflecting on Our Practice: Pathways and Possibilities

2009 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 9-12, 2009, Columbia, South Carolina
Learning in the Company of Others: Reading, Writing, and Inquiring in the 21st Century