Reading and Writing with 21st Century Learners

Reading and Writing with 21st Century Learners

Participants will explore current “hot topics” in literacy education and how to engage 21st Century Literacy Learners. Participants will fully immerse themselves in a week of active learning on literacy topics that include Tech Tools for the Literacy Classroom, Mindset for Literacy, Nonfiction & Disciplinary Literacy, Writer’s Notebooks and 21st Century Tools for Writing.

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

Course: EDUC 588
CRN: 3262
Location: McNairy 104
Meeting Dates: July 25 - July 29, 2016
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.

Institute Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and evaluate several new technology tools to use with students in the literacy classroom
  2. Articulate the difference between fixed mindset and growth mindset in the literacy classroom
  3. Understand that the definition of text has been expanded to include both print-based and digital formats, including visual texts
  4. Engage in meaningful writing experiences using a variety of mentor texts, both print and digital
  5. Read a professional book of choice and reflect on their thinking
  6. Develop an individualized final project that ties Institute learnings to classroom practice
  7. Reflect on their learning in a critical manner

Schedule and Speakers

Monday, July 25, 2016

AM: Lolita Paff - “Zest & Grit: Strategies to Promote Students' Growth Mindset”

PM: Shelly Chmil - “Free Tech Tools for Classroom Teachers”


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

AM: Speaker:  Ann Berger-Knorr - “The Tranformative Power of Social Justice Texts”

PM: Topic: TBD


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AM: Speaker:  Jami Renfro and Chistine Hartzman - “STARS! Strategies to Actively Read and Share”

PM: Topic: Professional Book Discussion and How to Use in Your Classroom

*Book Response due today!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

AM & PM: Speaker: Emily Meixner - “Close-Reading As Writing Instruction: Mentor Texts, Memoirs, and Meaningful Writing”


Friday, July 29, 2016

AM: Speaker:  Carol Welsh - “The Intersection of Science and Literacy: Nature Journaling in the Classroom”

PM: Topic: TBD

2016 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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