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Hamline University Summer Literacy Institute 2020

Monday, July 13, 2020 - Thursday, July 16, 2020
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Sundin Music Hall
1536 Hewitt Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, USA

Event Cancelled for 2020

Summer Literacy Institute: K–12

Join Hamline School of Education for the Summer Literacy Institute, where you'll learn alongside your peers and with award-winning and nationally recognized literacy educators. 

Take advantage of more than 30 breakout sessions covering a variety of literacy education topics, connect with other education professionals, and lend your voice to the conversation.

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Dates: July 13–16, 2020

Times: Monday–Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Institute Rates:

  • $495 early-bird rate (Before June 1, 2020)
  • $545 regular rate
  • $150 two graduate credits (in addition to the conference rate)

Course: LANG 7700

Participants will have the option to register for 2 graduate credits once Hamline Summer registration opens (around March 1, 2020). The fee for this graduate credit option is $150. This registration will be done through a separate process. Contact Tammie Hertz ( for additional details.


Since the first Summer Literacy Institute was held in 1991, the institute has featured more than 100 nationally renowned speakers who have led conversations on current topics and issues in literacy education. Want to know more? Here are highlights from the past 29 years.


July 13: Kristin Ziemke (@KristinZiemke)

Kristin Ziemke celebrates innovative learning practices where thinking is at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Read the World: Rethinking Literacy for Empathy and Action in a Digital Age, Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. Since establishing her own consulting company in 2011, Kristin has worked with schools and tech companies to develop learning experiences that redefine school. Recognized as an international expert in literacy, media, inquiry and technology, Kristin leads school teams to develop curriculum that is student-centered, personalized and authentic. A Chicago educator for nearly two decades, Kristin currently serves as a resident teacher and learning innovation specialist for the Big Shoulders Fund. Acknowledging the challenges education faces today Kristin maintains the firm belief that we can change the future through children. She dedicates her research and writing to developing engaged and empowered students that empathize, understand and care about the world.

From pre-kindergarten through university level, and start-up to established corporations, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through digital innovation. Ziemke has partnered with leaders, educators and developers in forty-four states and a dozen countries as a teacher, staff developer, keynote speaker, and writer. Her work has been featured by Apple, EdWeek, Mindshift and Scholastic and she has been recognized as an innovator as a Chicago Council on Global Affairs as an Emerging Leader, Chicago Innovation Awards Finalist, Apple Distinguished Educator, South by Southwest Featured Speaker, Chicago Public Schools Tech Innovator of the Year, Golden Apple Foundation Fellow and National Board Certified Teacher. To learn more, follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.

July 14: Cornelius Minor (@MisterMinor)

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Author of the popular new book, We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be, Cornelius is an in-demand speaker and consultant. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people. 

The Twin Cities Area Reading Council will host their annual conference on July 14th in sponsorship with the Summer Literacy Institute.

July 15: Stephanie Harvey

Stephanie Harvey is passionate about literacy. Whatever the size of the group, 500 teachers at a national conference, 50 administrators in a district workshop, or 25 students on the floor, Stephanie brings something special when she talks about literacy. Passion . Described by a colleague as “a gregarious, inquisitive, compassionate woman with boundless energy and a story for every occasion”, she is an author, educator and an enthusiastic advocate for kids and for those who teach them to read, write , question, think and understand. As Stephanie says, “Passion and wonder are contagious. No better way to fire up our kids than to share our own passion for and wonder about the world and all it has to offer.” She believes that schools need to be havens for thinking, incubators for deep thought and kindling for curiosity and inquiry.

Currently the president of Stephanie Harvey Consulting, Stephanie has spent the past thirty-eight years teaching and learning about reading and writing.

The Minnesota Reading Association will host their annual conference on July 15th in sponsorship with the Summer Literacy Institute.

July 16: Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer. She is the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008), winner of the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Readers Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016) won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir. It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. In the fall of 2019, Yang will debut her first children’s book, A Map Into the World (Carolrhoda Books) and a ground-breaking collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color (University of Minnesota Press). Yang is also a teacher and a public speaker.


We will update this information when it becomes available.

Sponsoring Organizations:

For more information about the Twin Cities Area Reading Association and the Minnesota Reading Council, visit their webpage.

Follow MRA on Social Media:

Facebook: Minnesota Reading Association

Twitter: Follow @MNReadAssocl 

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Facebook: Twin Cities Area Reading Council

Twitter: Follow @TCReadCouncil 

Conference Housing

If you need housing - the Courtyard by Marriott in Roseville is offering a special $119 rate for our participants. You can use the link below to make your reservation. Bookings MUST be made by June 20, 2020 to get the discounted rate.

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