2018 Summer Literacy Institute






Join us July 24-26 for this summer literacy institute on the beautiful Baylor University campus as we look carefully and thoughtfully at strategies that help students become more engaged, attentive, and critical readers and writers. Led by an internationally-known faculty, this institute offers you and colleagues a way to look deeply at classroom practices that make a difference.

What Will I Learn?

While these strategies help all students, they are designed particularly for that student who struggles through a text or who stares at the blank sheet of paper and declares she has nothing to write. You’ll learn how to get that most reluctant reader to finish a book and then want another and that most reluctant writer to work from draft to final product and take great pride in his writing. We’ll focus on

  • Engagement strategies
  • Comprehension strategies
  • Vocabulary strategies
  • Drafting strategies
  • Revision strategies

Who Should Attend?

This institute is most appropriate for teachers in grades 4-12 and is open to ELA, reading, social studies, and science teachers as well as literacy coaches, administrators, special education teachers, ELL teachers, and supervisors. We encourage you to come as a team of teachers as you’ll have time during the day to work with one another and to meet as teams with each of the presenters.

Primary grade teachers are certainly invited, and those who have attended in previous years reported the strategies were certainly applicable to their students, though you will need to think about modifications needed for your younger students.

What Happens Each Day?

It’s a packed day as we start early with a light breakfast provided for you. Use this time to visit with colleagues and shop the books – both professional books and trade books – to take back to school. The day begins with large group instruction and moves, as needed, into small group conversation.

A boxed lunch is provided and the afternoon moves quickly through hands-on strategies for you to practice and discuss. At the end of each day, you’ll have time – if you want – to speak with any or all of the faculty. You’ll have personal time in the afternoon to do some touring on campus or enjoy the wonderful Waco antique shops and Fixer-upper Magnolia attractions! Recommendations for dinner on your own will be provided.

Does this Institute Attend to the Needs of Gifted/Talented Students?

It will. The reading strategies shared will help gifted students understand layers of meaning and uncover author’s theme and purpose in complex texts. And the writing strategies will help develop multi-genre papers that highly competent writers should be attempting. Encouraging independent research and critical, creative thinking, this institute also helps teachers who work with our most skilled students. As a former director of gifted students for a large urban middle school, Dr. Beers understands the challenges gifted students bring to the classroom.

If I Came Last Year, Will I Learn Something New This Year?

For those of you who attended the institute in previous years, the faculty will be repeating some ideas – some are so big they are always the backbone of their work – but more than half of the institute will focus on strategies and ideas that were not presented in 2016 or 2017.

Whether this is your first time to see these presenters or your fifth time, you know that Kylene,Linda, and Penny offer educators deep expertise and practical solutions to critical problems. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, and you’ll leave ready to head back into your classroom with strategies that will help your students be better readers and writers.