The Art and Science of Teaching Literacy

Teaching literacy skills is a dynamic, complex, and exciting process that has been widely researched. Attend this summer institute to gain an effective understanding of what the research actually says and what evidencebased best practices align with researchsupported literacy learning. Enjoy engaging speakers, hands-on activities, and relevant assignments and readings to help you incorporate the concepts covered during the course into your teaching in the upcoming school year. You will leave the week confident in knowing and advocating for how literacy is skillfully taught in your classroom.

Dates:   June 20 - 24, 2022           Term:   Summer 2          
Course NumberRDED 628.01 CRN2171
Title that appears during registration:   Sp Topics: Art/Science Literac


Institute Directors

Aileen Hower



Dr. Aileen Hower is an Assistant Professor of Literacy and the Graduate Coordinator for the Masters in Language and Literacy with a Reading or ESL concentration at Millersville University where she also runs an annual Summer Literacy Institute on Writing. She is a National Writing Project Fellow through the Capital Area Writing Project at Penn State University, Harrisburg, and the past president for the Keystone State Literacy Association, the state affiliate of the International Literacy Association.


Jen Shettel

Dr. Jennifer Shettel is a Professor in the Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education Department where she teaches literacy courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Shettel came to Millersville in 2008, after 16 years in the public schools where she was an elementary school teacher and a reading specialist. Her areas of interest include the intersection of literacy and STEM/technology, literacy leadership, and high quality literacy instruction for all learners.



 Chad Everett  Chad Everett
Sam Bommarito Sam Bommarito
Jan Burkins

Jan Burkins
Cathy Collier

Cathy Collier
Shaun Cook Shaun Cook
Douglas Fisher Doug Fisher
Barbara Marinak Barbara Marinak
Kari Yates Kari Yates

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  • Additional Information

    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. On campus institutes include breakfast and lunch each day, as well as handouts and materials. Books may be required for certain courses; please check with the university bookstore. Millersville University graduate tuition and fees can be found on the Office of Student Accounts page. In addition, a $100 institute fee is required.

    Note: If you have not taken a 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.