Summer Institue for educators set for June 18-22 at Penn State York

June 06, 2012

Leading literacy experts and professional development providers will share their expertise during “High-Impact Literacy Practices,” when the Penn State York Summer Institute 2012 takes place June 18-22 at the campus. Registrations are still being accepted for this weeklong three-credit graduate course that meets from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. This course also may be taken for Pennsylvania Act 48 hours.

The summer institute includes six keynote speakers and more than 20 breakout sessions designed for educators K-12. Keynote presentations include topics from “Real World Reading: Comprehension Instruction across the Curriculum” to “Boys, Literacy and Technology: Comprehending the iPad Generation.” Breakout sessions include topics from “World Walk: A New Vocabulary Procedure for Storybook Reading with Young Children” to “Engaging Learners and Supporting Literacy Using Visual Symbols.”

The objectives of this year’s summer institute course are to help participants define effective teaching principles and high-impact strategies in language and literacy, learn to establish an instructional framework which infuses theory and research with practical classroom application, develop flexible grouping plans to increase teaching effectiveness and enhance student learning through multimodal technologies, and participate with peers in thought-provoking conversations about assessments that inform instruction. The course also hopes to help participants discover effective techniques for boosting students’ responsiveness to instruction and for intensifying instruction for nonresponders and to identify systematic and comprehensive approaches that support the needs of K-12 students.

The text for the course is “Comprehension Going Forward.”

The summer institute at Penn State York was created four years ago when Julie B. Wise, who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, came up with the idea for a professional development program for educators.  She is now the program coordinator for the successful summer institute program. In addition to teaching at the college level, she provides professional development for teachers and administrators throughout central Pennsylvania.

For a summer institute brochure please call 717-771-4060 or visit

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Last Updated June 07, 2012