Friday, July 13, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
National Director, Journey for Justice Alliance
Mary Lee Hahn
Saturday, July 14, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Teacher at Dublin City Schools, Ohio
Saturday, July 14, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
NCTE President-Elect, Dublin City Schools, Ohio
Jonathan BeanFriday, July 13, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Jonathan Bean lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, above a café on the third floor of a yellow building in a small apartment where he keeps all his money and jewels on the doorstep, so thieves can find them, but sleeps with his drawings under the mattress. He can sometimes be spotted just down the street at his favorite bookstore, The Midtown Scholar, or watering his rooftop garden or around town drawing people and places. If you tell him that making picture books is the best job in the world, he will not disagree.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College, Jonathan moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children when hired by Cricket Magazine in 2004. Since then, Jonathan has worked for numerous publishers, and his illustration and writing have received widespread praise. His first two authored books won the prestigious Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and his illustrations for Lauren Thompson’s The Apple Pie that Papa Baked were honored with the Ezra Jack Keats Award. Real Cowboys, written by Kate Hoelfer, is his latest book and appeared in fall 2016.
Jitu BrownFriday, July 13, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Jitu Brown is the national director for the Journey for Justice Alliance, a network of 37 grassroots community-based organizations in 25 cities organizing for community-driven school improvement; he was formerly the education organizer for the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO). He has organized in the Kenwood Oakland neighborhood in Chicago for over 22 years, bringing community voices to the table on school issues; they have together successfully organized to stop several school closings in the area and secured resources for neglected neighborhood schools. KOCO now serves as a resource for organizations nationwide dealing with school closings and the elimination of community voice from the decision-making process. In 2015, Jitu was the organizer of the historic Dyett High School Hunger Strike, which lasted for 34 grueling days and resulted in the reopening of Dyett as an open-enrollment neighborhood school with over $16 million in new investments. A believer in working locally and thinking globally, Jitu has taken youth leaders from KOCO to the United Nations, the Passamaquoddy Native American reservation in Maine, and the UN Conference on Racism in South Africa. He has been widely published and has appeared on several talk shows, including MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry and The Ed Show.
Mary Lee HahnSaturday, July 14, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Mary Lee Hahn has been a 4th/5th-grade teacher for more than 30 years. She is the author of Reconsidering Read-Aloud and has poems in nine anthologies. She is also a gardener, a baker, a photographer, and a fly fisher. She blogs with Franki Sibberson at A Year of Reading.
Franki SibbersonSaturday, July 14, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Franki Sibberson, president-elect of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a fifth-grade teacher in Dublin, Ohio, where she taught for over 30 years. She has coauthored several books including Beyond Leveled Books, Still Learning to Read, Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop, and Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3–8. Franki is a regular contributor to Choice Literacy and she blogs with Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading.
David WiesnerThursday, July 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, David Wiesner re-created his world daily in his imagination. A swamp, a cemetery, and a landfill bound the outskirts of his neighborhood, exotic lands that became anything from a faraway planet to a prehistoric jungle. When the everyday play stopped, he would follow his imagination into the pages of books, wandering among the dinosaurs of Charles Knight, the surreal landscapes of Salvador Dali, and the fantastic universes of Jack Kirby. The images before him generated a love of detail, an admiration for the creative process, and a desire to tell stories with the pictures he himself was drawing.
As a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, he developed the narrative aspects of his work and realized that the picture book was the perfect form in which to present his stories and images.
David Wiesner has been awarded the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2006. Three other books of his, FreeFall, Sector 7, and Mr.Wuffles, were named Caldecott Honor Books. David was the 2008 United States nominee, and a finalist, for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. He is on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.
Among other honors, Wiesner holds the Japan Picture Book Award for Tuesday, the French Prix Sorcières for The Three Pigs, a New York Times Ten Best Illustrated award for Flotsam, and the German Jugendliteraturpreises for Mr. Wuffles.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 12
10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration
8:30 – 11:00 a.m. Eye Movement Miscue Analysis (EMMA) Meeting
11:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Preconference Workshop (ticket required, includes lunch)
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception w/Entertainment
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Opening Session: David Wiesner
Friday, July 13
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
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
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration
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 on your own
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
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.
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)
Past WLU 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