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Summer Literacy Institute 2022

Who Should Attend?

The Institute is intended for Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Administrators and Regional Partners.

When is the Institute?

The Summer Literacy Institute is to be held on Tuesday, June 14, from 7:45am to 3:15pm. 

What Is the Schedule?

| 7:45-8:30am
Keynote - Dr. Sara Kajder
| 8:30-9:30am
Breakout Session 1
| 9:45-11:15am
| 11:15-12:15pm
Breakout Session 2
| 12:30-2:00pm
Closing Keynote - Dr. Ernest Morrell
| 2:15-3:15pm

How Much Is It?

The ESC of Central Ohio has waived all costs for summer professional learning in 2022, and will provide a boxed lunch at this event.

About Dr. Sara Kajder

Sara Kajder, PhD is an Associate Professor of English Education at the University of Georgia, a Professor in Residence, and a consultant for k-12 school systems across the US and Canada. A former middle and high school English teacher, her research centers on exploring both adolescents’ literacy practices and the classroom contexts which support, welcome and lever their affordances. She has published extensively in research and practitioner journals, edited collections and practitioner texts , including the seminar text Adolescents’ Literacies which was recognized with the NCTE James Britton Award. Dr. Kajder chairs the Georgia Children’s Book Awards (grades 4-8) Committee and proudly served on the Elizabeth A. Walden Awards committee through ALAN. A past chair of the NCTE Middle Level Section Steering Committee, Kajder just completed a six year co-editorship of the NCTE journal Voices from the Middle with Dr. Shelbie Witte at Oklahoma State University. She was recently recognized with the Carl Glickman Fellowship, the National Technology Leadership Fellowship, and the inaugural Divergent Award for Excellent in Literacy in a Digital Age Research.

General Session: (Re)Imagining ELA Class: Finding Our Joy, Our Purpose and Ourselves

Breakout Sessions:
  • Unexpected Genres: Teaching Digital Writing in New Spaces
  • What’s Next?: Teaching English NOW with Digital Tool

About Dr. Ernest Morrell

Dr. Ernest Morrrell is the Coyle Professor, a member of the faculty in the English, and Africana Studies Departments and Director of the Center for Literacy Education at the University of Notre Dame. Ernest is also director of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) James R. Squire Office for Policy Research in the English Language Arts. He is an elected Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and a co-convener of the African Diaspora International Research Network. From 2015-2021 Ernest has been annually ranked among the top university-based education scholars in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by EdWeek. Ernest is also the recipient of the NCTE Distinguished Service Award, the Kent Williamson Leadership Award from the Conference on English Leadership, and the Divergent Award for Excellence in 21st Century Literacies. His scholarly interests include: Critical Pedagogy, English Education, Literacy Studies, Postcolonial Studies, popular culture and education across the African Diaspora.

General Session: Responsiveness, Joy, and Engagement in Literacy Classrooms: Designs for Powerful Learning

About Other Speakers

Wiley Blevins 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Choosing and Using Decodable Texts
    • High-Impact Phonics Routines
  • Wiley Blevins is an author, educational consultant, and researcher. He completed his graduate work at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has taught both in the United States and South America. Wiley has written over 16 books for teachers, including A FRESH LOOK AT PHONICS, PHONICS FROM A TO Z, and MEANINGFUL PHONICS AND WORD STUDY. He has authored several phonics and reading programs and wrote the phonics brief by the International Literacy Association (Meeting the Challenges of Early Literacy Phonics Instruction). Wiley's current focus is on adaptive technology, differentiated professional development, and children's literature. Wiley has written over 90 children's books and is Associate Publisher at Reycraft Books, a new imprint focused on publishing books by authors and illustrators from under-represented groups.

Juakita Bowens 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • The Simple View of Writing: Components that Constitute Writing Instruction 
  • Juakita Bowens, M.Ed, serves as the Regional Early Literacy Specialist (RELS) for the State Support Team Region 11. During her 18 years in education, she has held several positions which include:  Building Literacy Coach, Title 1 Teacher, Preschool Teacher, and 1st Grade Teacher.   Bowens has presented nationally on effective literacy coaching and is a LETRS Professional Learning Facilitator.  A key focus for Bowens is supporting Ohio’s literacy efforts in early prevention to ensure that each student and all teachers are equipped with the knowledge needed to ensure reading proficiency.

Lynsey Burkins 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Centering Love and Community using Recently Published Picture Books
  • Lynsey Burkins is a proud educator who has worked for children for the past 18 years. She works towards creating anti-racist spaces where children feel free, have agency, and know they are loved. Lynsey received her Masters Degree from The Ohio State University in Language, Literacy, and Culture. She currently serves third grade students and presents on topics that include using literature to help students make sense of their world and literature as a vehicle to nurture the spirit and minds of students.  

Rachel Lang Daniels 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Instructional Routines to Support Literacy Across the Content Areas
  • Rachel Lang Daniels, Adolescent Literacy Specialist, was a teacher and literacy coach prior to joining the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio in 2007. Her work has included leading instructional coaching cohorts, literacy-related district and building level support along with the creation and deployment of professional development for a variety of stakeholders in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education’s Literacy Team. With a passion for disciplinary literacy and equitable literacy learning for all, Daniels is an advocate for high-quality literacy practices in Central Ohio.

Jill Kramer 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Oral Language Development for English Learners
  • Jill Kramer is the English Learner Coordinator at the ESC of Central Ohio.  Jill, a long time EL teacher, has taught children and adults.  She has a master’s in TESOL and a master’s in Educational Leadership.  Jill presents nationally and locally on topics of interest to teachers of English learners.

Dr. Josh Lawrence 
  • Breakout sessions: 
    • Supporting Literacy Across Content Areas: Routines and Strategies for Text Comprehension
    • Developing Academic Vocabulary Knowledge: Routines and Strategies to Support Learners
  • Dr. Josh Lawrence is a Professor at the University of Oslo in the Faculty of Educational Sciences. Josh began his professional life as a teacher and literacy coach in the Boston Public Schools. Since deploying an open-source PHP bulletin board to host “writers’ workshops'' in middle school classrooms (Fahey, Lawrence, & Paratore, 2007), he has been using online collaborative tools to support teaching and learning. He completed a three-year postdoc at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time there, he worked with Catherine Snow and the SERP institute to conduct a large-scale randomized trial evaluating the effects of the Word Generation curriculum. He was subsequently hired in the Language, Literacy, and Technology Specialization at the University of California, Irvine School of Education. Josh has published first-authored papers in Reading Research Quarterly; the Journal of Educational Effectiveness; the American Educational Research Journal; and Bilingualism, Language, and Cognition (find out more about his research at Josh is co-founder of Reading Ways and the lead developer of the OASIS professional development model. He is also currently the chief executive officer of Reading Ways, a member of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Research Advisory Board.

Dr. Detra Price-Dennis 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Preventing and Encountering Censorship: Educator Resources from NCTE
  • Dr. Detra Price-Dennis is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Communications, Media, Learning Technologies, and Design program. Professor Price-Dennis serves as Co-Director of the Reimagining Education Online Advanced Certificate Program, and is the founding director of #JustLit - a project seeking to provide multimodal media resources about literature and equity in education. Her professional background includes work as an elementary school teacher in both urban and suburban settings, an administrator of a graduate teacher education program, an Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies; and an Assistant Professor of Elementary Inclusive Education. Professor Price-Dennis' scholarship explores the intersections of literacy education, technology, and curriculum development as a means to identify and amplify equity-oriented pedagogies in K-8 classrooms.

Franki Sibberson 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Curating Text Sets
  • Franki Sibberson is a literacy consultant with 33 years of classroom experience in Dublin, Ohio. She is past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), an adjunct professor, and an author of several professional books. Sibberson is a thought leader in literacy, with specific focus on elementary literacy development, student-driven reading choices and digital literacy. She has co-authored numerous publications and books including Beyond Leveled Books(Stenhouse), Still Learning to Read (Stenhouse), Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (Scholastic), and Digital Reading: What’s Essential?(NCTE). You can learn more about Franki at

Sherine Tambryaja 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Ohio's Dyslexia Support Law: An Overview for Classroom Teachers
  • Sherine Tambyraja is the Dyslexia Administrator for the Ohio Department of Education. Before coming to the department she was a research scientist at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at The Ohio State University, studying language and literacy development in young children with communication disorders. In her current role, she is supporting districts and educators in the implementation of the new dyslexia support laws.

Danielle Turner King 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Disciplinary Literacy in the Secondary Classroom (7-12)
  • Danielle Turner King serves as the 7-12 instructional/literacy coach for Riverside Local Schools, located in DeGraff, OH. This new role for the district was created to support the Comprehensive Literacy Development Grant awarded by the Ohio Department of Education to Riverside in 2021. Before taking on this role, Turner King was the 7th and 8th grade math teacher. Turner King brings a high level of enthusiasm to this work and is motivated to enhance the literacy landscape across the content areas of her site.

Stella Villalba 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Humanizing Teaching Practices that Honor Multilingual Learners
  • Stella is an elementary educator who is passionate about teaching and learning with multilingual learners. As a coach, she also organizes and co-construct professional development and learning spaces for educators to continue to grow and learn. Stella was born in Argentina, Spanish is her language of love and emotions. She enjoys writing as a way to process the world. One of life's simple pleasures is to read a huge pile of picture books while enjoying a morning coffee.

Stephanie Warner 
  • Breakout sessions:
    • Academic Discourse Across Content Areas
  • Bio coming soon


(Upon registration, please be sure to use the provided link to complete form with preferred breakout sessions.)


Join Central Ohio educators on Tuesday, June 14, for a day full of intentional literacy conversations with both national and local experts. Topics range from digital writing with Dr. Sara Kajder to joyful engagement in the classroom with Dr. Ernest Morrell. Additional topics include:
  • Decodable texts and phonics routines
  • Multilingual learners and humanizing teaching
  • Disciplinary literacy and academic language
  • Components of writing both foundational and digital
  • Text sets and instructional routines
  • Censorship educator resources from NCTE
  • Oral language and discourse routines
  • Clarification around Dyslexia Guidebook

Contact Us

For registration questions, please contact [email protected].

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