Keynote Speakers

Saturday, July 13, Opening Session Speaker

Catherine Compton-Lilly is a John C. Hungerpiller Professor of Education at the University of South Carolina. She teaches courses in literacy studies and works with professional development schools in Columbia, South Carolina. Compton-Lilly has published a series of books (2003, 2007, 2012, 2017) in which she follows eight of her former first grade students through high school. Her articles have appeared in Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Early Childhood LiteracyWritten Communication, and Language Arts. Her interests include examining how time operates as a contextual factor in children’s lives as they progress through school and construct their identities as students and readers. In an ongoing study, Compton-Lilly is working with a team of graduate students to follow children from immigrant families from primary school through high school.

Thursday, July 11, Preconference Workshop Speaker
Friday, July 12,  Opening Session Speaker

Julian Vasquez Heilig is an award-winning teacher, researcher, and blogger. He is currently a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and the director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University Sacramento. He also serves as the California NAACP Education Chair. His current research includes quantitatively and qualitatively examining how high-stakes testing, accountability-based reforms, and market reforms impact urban minority students. His research interests also include issues of access, diversity, and equity in higher education. The sum of his scholarship is nearly 60 articles, reports and chapters, published in journals such as Harvard Educational Review, American Journal of Education, Teachers College Record, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Journal of Educational Administration. He has also published in five law reviews and coauthored seven book chapters and four peer-reviewed handbook articles. His work has been cited by The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, USAToday, Education Week, Huffington Post and other print and electronic media outlets. He has also appeared on local and national radio and TV including PBS, NBC, NBCLatino, NPR, Univision, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.

Saturday, July 13, Closing Session Speaker

Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarship examines the literacies and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside schools. Author of publications on race, place, literacy, and equity, Kinloch’s books include: Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (2004), June Jordan: Her Life and Letters (2006), Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth (2010), Urban Literacies: Critical Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Community (2011), Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth (2012), and Service-Learning in Literacy Education: Possibilities for Teaching and Learning (2015). Her book Harlem On Our Minds received the 2012 Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association, and her book Crossing Boundaries was a staff pick for professional development by Teaching Tolerance Education Magazine. Additionally, Kinloch is recipient of the 2018 NCTE Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Women in English Education. Currently, she is completing articles and book projects on literacy, justice, race, engagement, and leadership.

Friday, July 11, Luncheon Speaker

Lester L. Laminack is professor emeritus, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where he received two awards for excellence in teaching. He is now a full-time writer and consultant, working with schools throughout the United States and abroad. He is an active member of NCTE and has served in various editorial roles over the years, for NCTE’s journals and others. Most recently, he was editor of the writing department for the ILA journal Reading Teacher (2017). Laminack has served on various literacy organizations’ governing boards, including the Whole Language Umbrella, and was consultant to Literacy Volunteers of America. He is widely published, with academic books spanning his career, including Learning with Zachary (Scholastic), Spelling in Use (NCTE), and myriad contributions to collections including The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (NCTE), Reading Aloud across the Curriculum (Heinemann), Climb Inside a Poem (Heinemann). Laminack’s children’s books include Three Hens and a Peacock (2012 Children’s Choice K–2 Book of the Year Award) and The King of Bees, in addition to a forthcoming nonfiction poetry collection, Voices for Civil Rights, all published by Peachtree. His newest books for teachers, The Ultimate Read-Aloud Resource: Making Every Moment Intentional and Instructional with Best Friend Books (Scholastic) and The Best Friend Fiction Collection (Scholastic) are available now.


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 $35


All Summer Institute activities will take place at the Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone.

Special Group Rate $142.00

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Embassy Suites Columbia-Greystone
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Columbia, SC 29210


  • Literacy and Literature
  • Language and Culture
  • Digital and Visual Literacies
  • Reading and Miscue Analysis
  • Multiple Languages and Literacies
  • Social Justice and Political Action
  • Community Literacies
  • Early Childhood
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Pre-Conference Workshop

Thursday, July 11, 2019 • 2:00–6:00 p.m.

Workshop Registration: $75

The Preconference Workshop for the 2019 Literacies for All Summer Institute will continue the tradition of focusing on educational activism.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

WLU Scholarship Fund

WLU Scholarships assist teachers who embrace whole language practices in their classrooms. Scholarships are available each year for teachers to attend the Literacies for All Summer Institute. The scholarship supports registration costs and one year of WLU/NCTE membership. Each award is valued to be no more than $300. Scholarship application deadline: May 20, 2019

Scholarship Application


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)

Past WLU Literacies for All Summer Institutes


2018 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 12-14, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland
Sustaining Joy in Our Learning Communities during Challenging Times

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