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: McNairy Library 104
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.

Lisa Mayo

Lisa Mayo is an English Language Arts teacher at Penn Manor High School and a class advisor.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Philosophy from Millersville University. Along with a Master’s Degree of Education in English from MU, she brings real world experience into her classroom. Teaching is a second career for Lisa and her passion and enthusiasm impact her students every semester. She teaches literature and writing to sophomores and juniors as well as acting as Advisor of Penn Manor Creative Writing Club. As a student in the Reading Institute last summer, close reading has become a priority in her teaching philosophy. Her implantation of Twitter in the classroom and other technology with emphasis on close reading has influenced her teaching on a daily basis. Lisa lives in Lancaster with her husband and children.

Twitter:  @LMAyoPMHS

Holly Mercadante

Holly Mercadante is a ninth and tenth grade English teacher and class advisor at Penn Manor High School.  With twenty years of teaching experience, Holly has taught all levels from remedial to honors.  Her love for teaching her subject area is matched by her love of helping students to gain confidence in their abilities.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Millersville University and is working toward a Master’s Degree in Urban Education at Alvernia University.  Last summer, she was a student in Millersville’s Summer Reading Institute, and her interaction with Dr. Shettel inspired her to refocus many of her lessons on using close reading strategies.  In addition, she and colleague Lisa Mayo, a fellow participant in the institute, attended the NCTE conference in November of 2014.  After seeing a document camera in use at the Summer Reading Institute, Lisa and Holly also wrote and were awarded with a PMEF grant for nine document cameras to be used in Keystone courses at Penn Manor High School.  Holly lives in Lancaster with her daughter. 

Twitter:  @HMercadante

Jamison Renfro

Jamison Renfro is an Instructional Coach with Boyertown Area School District.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Ed from West Chester University. Along with a Master’s Degree of Education in Reading with a Reading Specialist Certificate from Gwynned Mercy College, she is middle level and secondary English certified.  Jamison has been teaching in public schools for 18 years working with students in grades 5-12.  Her current role as an Instructional Coach includes providing professional development, modeling and co-teaching, as well as curriculum writing.  Jamison has presented at Norristown Area School District, North Penn School District, Berks County Intermediate Unit and at the Core Connection Conference for Berks County. 

Jim Kohlmayer

Jim Kohlmayer is a fifth grade teacher at Churchville Elementary School. He has a Master's Degree in Education from St. Joseph's University and has been teaching in the Council Rock School District for 20 years. He has also taught third grade and sixth grade. 

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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