Summer Literacy Institute

Summer Literacy 2018 Information and Registration Coming Soon!

Please plan to join us for the 2018 Summer Literacy Institute, taking place at the  Four Points by Sheraton Wakefield Boston Hotel & Conference Center from June 26 to June 29, 2018.

June 26 (face-to-face)
2 Credit or PDP Participants: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
2 Credit Participants: 8:00AM – 5:00 PM

June 27-28 (face-to-face)
2 Credit or PDP Participants: 8:30AM – 4:00PM
4 Credit Participants: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

June 29 (online & aysnchronous)
Flexible online, asynchronous, activities that must be completed by Monday, July 2
2 Credit or PDP Participants: Activities total 7 1/2 hours
4 Credit Participants: Activities total 9 hours

The theme of the 2018 Summer Literacy Institute is Using Complex Texts to Support Language and Literacy Development. Each face-to-face day will focus on one of the following specific topics:

  • Unpacking the Debate Between Using Instructional Level and Complex Texts
  • Complex, Interesting Texts as the Foundation for Motivation and Engagement
  • Supporting Bilingual Students’ Access to and Engagement With Complex Texts

Our new, innovative hybrid format maintains the quality of previous Institutes, while giving participants flexibility to complete some activities at their own pace. Each face-to-face day will include a general session and opportunities for discussion in grade-level or role-alike groups. The groups will focus on the ways the Seminar content can inform primary, middle school, or secondary educators. The final day, which will be online and asynchronous, will focus on synthesizing the content of the Institute.

This year’s Institute will be led by Boston University Assistant Professor Julie Dwyer. A list of nationally-recognized guest speakers will be coming soon!

Costs & Credits 

  • $650 for 30 PDPs
  • For Academic Credit: $798* plus $60 student services fee (2 graduate credits)
  • $1596* plus $60 student services fee (4 graduate credits)
    *Prices are subject to change according to summer 2018 University rates.

Participants who take the Seminar for 4 graduate credits will attend an extra session each face-to-face day from 4:00-5:00 PM, participate in an extra activity during the online, asynchronous portion, and complete an additional assignment.

 For registration and payment info, contact Ameris Davis at

For other questions, contact Evelyn Ford-Connors at or 617-358-0910

 A link to our online registration portal will be available soon!

Previous Summer Literacy Institutes