Elementary Literacy Institute: Reading and Writing

Elementary Literacy Institute: Reading and Writing

Listen to a participant from the 2015 institute.

Participants will explore current “hot topics” in literacy education and how to engage 21st Century literacy learners at the elementary (K-5) level. Participants will fully immerse themselves in a week of rigorous and active learning on literacy topics that include Building Your 21st Century Toolbox, Writing Power Moves and Mentor Texts, Ramping Up Your Reading Strategy Instruction, Digital Learners in the Elementary Classroom, and Playful Literacy Learning. Each day of this high-powered week will feature a different speaker each morning, followed by workshop-style learning sessions in the afternoon.

Course: EDUC 586
CRN: 3261
Location: McNairy 104
Meeting Dates: July 24 - July 28, 2017
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:00pm


Institute Director

Dr. Jennifer Shettel
Dr. Jennifer Shettel
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Dr. Jennifer Shettel is an associate professor of reading and literacy in the Elementary and Early Childhood Department at Millersville University. With a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction (Penn State), a Doctoral Degree in Literacy from Widener University, and over 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher & reading specialist, Dr. Shettel brings a range of practical, real-world experience to Millersville. She has presented at IRA, NCTE, KRSA, and other reading conferences on a wide range of literacy topics, including comprehension, engaging with nonfiction, working with struggling readers, and integrating technology into the literacy classroom.


Institute Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the 4 C’s of 21st Century literacy classrooms and apply this understanding to their particular grade level
  • Develop lessons for meaningful writing experiences using a variety of mentor texts, both print and digital
  • Identify critical markers in the development of digital and media literacy skills in young children and explore tools for digital literacy
  • Be immersed to current texts, topics, and research in literacy education; Read and evaluate texts in alignment with classroom practices
  • Reflect on personal learning in a critical manner
  • Develop an individualized final project that ties Institute learnings to classroom practice.

Target Audience: Elementary classroom teachers K-5; Reading Specialists, Curriculum Coordinators, Reading Supervisors, Elementary Building Principals.


Invited Speakers

  • Tuesday, July 25 - Stacey Shubitz, author of Craft Moves: “Craft Moves & Mentor Texts for Writing Instruction”
  • Wednesday, July 26 - Jennifer Servallo (Skype session), author of The Reading Strategies Book  and The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook: “Ramping Up your Reading Strategy Instruction”
  • Thursday, July 27 - Julie Wise: “Digital Literacy in the Elementary Classroom”
  • Friday, July 28 - Kristine Mraz (Skype session), author of  Purposeful Play and A Mindset for Learning: “Playful Literacy Learning”

2017 Schedule

Credits: All participants will receive 3 graduate credits for the summer institute. 

Tuition/Fees: Institutes are unique 3 credit graduate courses, that highlight renowned experts in the field. Institutes include breakfast and lunch throughout the day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required courses, please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the bursars page. In addition, a $165 institute fee is required.

Note: If you have not taken any graduate-level course or workshop at Millersville University within the past 5 years, you must complete the online non-degree admission form; this information is necessary to admit you to the university.

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