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

Monday, July 24 - Dr. Leslie Gates
Speaking on Creativity and Choice with 21st Century Learners

Dr. Leslie Gates

Dr. Gates joined the Art Department in 2012. Dr. Gates has taught visual art in public schools located in both urban and rural contexts, and has experience at both the high school and elementary levels. In 2007, the Pennsylvania Art Education Association named Leslie the Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year. Leslie has served as a curriculum consultant to public school districts, given invited lectures, and facilitated opportunities for professional learning at various conferences, seminars, and workshops. In addition to her position at Millersville, she serves as Pennsylvania Art Education Association's Conference Administrator and on the editorial board of Art Education, published by the National Art Education Association.


Tuesday, July 25 - Stacey Shubitz
Author of Craft Moves: “Craft Moves & Mentor Texts for Writing Instruction”


Wednesday, July 26 - Jennifer Serravallo (Skype session)
Author of The Reading Strategies Book  and The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook: “Ramping Up your Reading Strategy Instruction”

Jennifer Serravallo

Jennifer Serravallo was a teacher in Title I Schools in NYC, and later a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She is now a national consultant and speaker. She is the author of numerous books on the teaching of reading and writing including the new Writing Strategies Book, the New York Times bestseller, The Reading Strategies Book and the two-time award-winning Independent Reading Assessment series. 
Follow her blog at www.jenniferserravallo.com and tweet her @jserravallo.


Wednesday, July 26 - Julie Stover
Discussion of Deep Dive into Reading Strategies book

Julie Stover

Julie is a reading specialist for grades 3 - 5 and the English Language Arts Resource Person for York Suburban School District. Julie began her career as a first grade teacher with Southern York County School District. Teaching first grade left Julie thirsty for more knowledge about reading which led her to Millersville University where she earned a Masters in Language Arts and the Helen R. Gentzler Reading Award. Julie has been a reading specialist for almost 18 years with experience in grades K-6 across three different districts. In addition to providing professional development for her home districts over the years, Julie has also presented at the KSRA reading conference and the Penn State Summer Literacy Institute. Topics shared range from reading and writing strategies for fluency and comprehension, meeting the expectations of the PA Core, and most recently using Notice and Note strategies in the classroom.


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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