Reading Institute

Reading Institute

Participants will explore the PA Core Standards and the original Common Core State Standards in depth with a special focus on the call for “close reading” of a variety of texts, including narrative, expository, and poetic text structures. Participants will immerse themselves in a week of learning various approaches to close reading and close viewing of exemplar texts and will engage with a variety of experts in how to deepen their understandings with the intent to implement this approach in the classrooms.

Target Audience: Elementary, Middle Level, and Secondary English classroom teachers; Reading Specialists, Curriculum Coordinators, Reading Supervisors.

Course: EDUC 687
CRN: 3175
Location: TBD
Meeting Dates: July 20 - July 24, 2015
Meetings Times: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Institute Director

Dr. Jennifer Shettel
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.


Dr. Emily Meixner

Dr. Emily S. Meixner is an associate professor of English Education and the coordinator of the secondary English education program at The College of New Jersey.  She holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and a Master's Degree in American Studies (Michigan State). Dr. Meixner regularly teaches undergraduate courses in English Language Arts reading and writing pedagogy as well as graduate and undergraduate courses on young adult literature.  She also works regularly in local school districts providing professional development on such topics as reading/writing workshop, reading strategies and close reading, reading in the content areas, literature circles, and young adult literature.   Dr. Meixner has presented at NCTE, ALAN, CEL, AERA, and NAME, and her scholarship has been published in a variety of scholarly journals including Radical Teacher, Voices in the Middle, English Leadership Quarterly, and Multicultural Perspectives.

2015 Schedule

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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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