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 ShettelDr. 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.

Tentative Schedule

Day 1
  • Building our Understandings: Close reading, text exemplars, the PA Core, and the new ELA exam.
  • Speaker: TBD
Day 2
  • Close Reading & Close Viewing: Picture Books & Visual Literacy.
  • Speakers: Kim McCollum Clark & Timothy Shea.
Day 3
  • Close Reading with Informational Text: Nonfiction texts & Primary Sources
  • Speakers: Marilyn Parrish & Carla Rineer.
Day 4
  • Close Reading with Poetry: Reading & Thinking like a Poet.
  • Speakers: Rose Capelli & Lynne Dorfman - poetry mentor texts.
Day 5
  • Coming Closer Together: Action planning & Creating Professional Communities.


Rose CapelliRose Cappelli, an educational consultant, recently retired from the West Chester Area School District where she served as a reading specialist. She is a 1996 Fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, and currently serves as a teacher consultant for the Project.
Mrs. Cappelli holds an undergraduate degree in Teaching of the Hearing Impaired from the Pennsylvania State University, a graduate degree in Reading from West Chester University, and has completed additional post-graduate work at West Chester University and Immaculata College. She is a member of the International Reading Association, the Keystone State Reading
Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a past president of the Chester County Reading Association and currently serves as CCRA’s vice president. She is also vice president elect of KSRA as well as co-chair of KSRA’s Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Committee.
Mrs. Cappelli has conducted in-service workshops for districts in Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Berks, and York counties, and has presented at past KSRA, Reading Recovery, IRA, and NCTE Conferences. She is a co-author with Lynne Dorfman of Teaching Writing Domains with Mentor Texts, a resource guide for teachers published and distributed by Reading Matters, Inc. as well as Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-6, Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Teaching Informational Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-8, Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections, K-8, and the video Writing with Mentors, all published by Stenhouse Publishers.

Lynne DorfmanDr. Lynne Dorfman has a Elementary Education from Beaver College, an M.A. in Elementary Education and Supervisory Certificate from Bloomsburg University, a K-12 Reading Certificate from LaSalle University, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University. She was a classroom teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist for Upper Moreland School District for 38 years. Currently, she serves as a Co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project and an adjunct professor for Arcadia University.
Dr. Dorfman served on the team of fifty teachers who revised the Pennsylvania Literacy Framework (PCRP II). She has written a chapter on author study in Young Adult Literature: Reading It, Teaching It, Loving It, published by the International Reading Association. Lynne is co-author of Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Teaching Informational Writing Through Children’s Literature, and Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections. Lynne and Rose Cappelli also have a chapter on mentor texts in Write Now! Empowering Writers in Today’s K-6 Classroom, an IRA July 2014 publication.
Lynne continues to facilitate a senior citizen writing group for the Upper Moreland community. She is President of Chester County Reading Association for the 2014-2015 school year and President-Elect for Eta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Lynne conducts staff development workshops in many surrounding Pennsylvania counties and districts and has presented at KSRA, NCTE, RRCNA, and IRA Conferences.