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Summer Literacy Institute - 2014

Workshop Presenter: Dr. Doug Buehl

Dr. Doug Buehl's SLI 2014 Web Photo

Doug Buehl is a teacher, author, and national literacy consultant. His 33 years as a teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wisconsin, include experiences as a high school social studies teacher, reading teacher and reading specialist, and as district Adolescent Literacy Support Teacher. He is the author of the national bestseller Classroom Strategies for Interactive Learning, 4th Edition, 2014, and Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines, 2011, both published by the International Reading Association. He is co-author of Reading and the High School Student: Strategies to Enhance Literacy, 2nd Edition, 2007; and Strategies to Enhance Literacy and Learning in Middle School Content Area Classrooms 3rd Edition, 2007, both published by Allyn & Bacon. He was a founding member of the IRA Commission on Adolescent Literacy, past President of the Wisconsin State Reading Association, and past President of the IRA Secondary Reading Interest Group, and served on the national task force that authored the National Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches. Doug was the 1996 recipient of the International Reading Association’s Nila Banton Smith Award, presented to an outstanding secondary reading educator. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences, and he currently is an instructor of adolescent literacy at Edgewood College in Madison.


Banquet Speaker: Henry Cole

Henry Cole's SLI 2014 Web Photo

Henry Cole grew up on a dairy farm outside Purcellville, Virginia. Always interested in art and science, he studied forestry at Virginia Tech. He is a self-taught artist, although his mother was a professional illustrator and gave him many pointers along the way. His education required him to study nature closely, and his observation of such details helped him with his drawing. Henry worked in a number of jobs, including magazine illustration, and for sixteen years taught elementary grade science classes. He now lives in Washington D.C., and on the island of Aruba. He is the author of Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad (an ALA Notable Book for 2013 and New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book for 2012), A Nest for Celeste, Trudy, and The Littlest Evergreen. He’s also illustrator of over 80 books for such authors as Pamela Duncan Edwards, Kim Norman, Lester Laminack, Sue Corbett, and others.  For more information on Henry, visit his Web site at http://www.henrycole.net


Friday Author Panel and Author Sessions

Our featured authors will share their journeys as writers and readers on Friday through a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions.

L.M. Elliott
Meg Medina
A.B. Westrick
Jason Wright

L.M. ElliottL.M. Elliott

L.M. Elliott is best known as the author of Under a War-torn Sky, a WWII story of a B-24 bomber pilot and the French Resistance, named a Notable Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), a Jefferson Cup Honor Book for historical fiction, a Bank Street College Best Book, and winner of Borders’ Original Voices Award.  Its sequel, A Troubled Peace, in which pilot Henry Forester returns to post-war France to find the young Resistance boy who saved his life, is also a NCSS/CBC Notable.  Her latest novel, Across a War-tossed Sea, will be the final companion to Henry’s adventures, as two young British evacuees escape Hitler’s Blitz and stay with the Virginia family of his hometown girlfriend, Patsy.  Elliott’s other novels include Annie, Between the States, a NYC Public Library Book for the Teen Age and IRA Teacher’s Choice; Give Me Liberty; and Flying South, winner of the Joan G. Sugarman Children’s Literature Award.  Elliott has created five award-winning picture books: Hunter’s Best Friend at School, Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown, and Hunter’s Big Sister, as well as the Valentine’s Day book, A String of Hearts, and Thanksgiving Day Thanks.  Laura lives in Virginia with her family.



Meg MedinaMeg Medina

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré medal and the 2013 CYBILS Fiction winner for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book Tia Isa Wants a Car. Meg’s other books are The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind, a 2012 Bank Street Best Book and CBI Recommended Read in the UK; and Milagros: Girl From Away.  The first American citizen in her family, Meg was raised in Queens, New York by her mother – and a clan of tios, primos, and abuelos who arrived from Cuba over the years. She was the fortunate victim of their storytelling, and credits them with her passion for tales.  Meg’s work examines how cultures intersect through the eyes of young people, and she brings to audiences stories that speak to both what is unique in Latino culture and to the qualities that are universal. Her favorite protagonists are strong girls. In March 2014, she was recognized as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women in America.  When she is not writing, Meg works on community projects that support girls, Latino youth and/or literacy. She lives with her extended family in Richmond, Virginia.



Meg_Medina (Twitter)  http://www.facebook.com/meg.medina.10


A.B. WestrickA.B. Westrick

A.B. Westrick is the author of Brotherhood (Viking/Penguin 2013), an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and winner of the NCSS Notable Trade Book Award. She has been a teacher, paralegal, literacy volunteer, administrator, and coach for teams from Odyssey of the Mind to the Reading Olympics. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Divinity School, Westrick holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She and her family live near Richmond, Virginia.



Jason WrightJason Wright

Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author.  Jason is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and Northern Virginia Daily and articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes. He is the author of The James Miracle (2004); Christmas Jars (2005); The Wednesday Letters (2007); Recovering Charles (2008), Christmas Jars Reunion (2009); Penny’s Christmas Jar Miracle (2009); The Cross Gardener (2010); The Seventeen Second Miracle (2010); The Wedding Letters (2011); and, The 13th Day of Christmas (2012).  Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks on faith, the Christmas Jars movement, the Joy of Service, the lost art of letter writing, and many other topics. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television affiliates around the country.  Jason is from Charlottesville, Virginia, but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. In 2007, while researching Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley for his novel The Wednesday Letters, Jason fell so in love with the area that he moved his family westward from northern Virginia to the Valley.  Jason is married to Kodi Erekson Wright. They have two girls and two boys.






Photos by Brittany Clark-Slaughter

Session materials from the 2014 Summer Literacy Institute are available through the Greenwood Library’s Digital Commons.



Online registration for the 2014 Summer Literacy Institute is now available!  Participants, presenters, and vendors should CLICK HERE to register. Early Bird Registration (which includes a free ticket to Thursday evening’s banquet and your choice of an Institute t-shirt or tote bag) ends on July 1!

Your registration fee of $195.00 includes

  • Thursday workshop with Doug Buehl

  • Friday author panel

  • Four 60-minute breakout sessions, including sessions with the authors

  • Online access to all conference handouts

  • Continental breakfast on both days

  • Lunch buffet on both days

  • Vendors

  • The opportunity to network with professional colleagues

  • Loads of fun


Early Bird registrants (July 1) receive a FREE ticket to the Thursday evening banquet with Henry Cole and your choice of an Institute t-shirt or tote bag!

Schedule for the Institute 

Concurrent Session Descriptions


Stay on our beautiful campus!

The registration form for on-campus housing can be downloaded from this link: Institute 2014 Housing form.pdf.

The Longwood Bed & Breakfast as well as several local hotels are available for your stay:

Graduate Credits

Looking for three graduate credits?

EDSL595/EDUC595:  Inquiry to Make Connections

This course will provide students the opportunity to explore the inquiry process as well as inquiry-based learning across content areas.  Additionally, Institute-featured authors' works will be read and discussed.  Course content will include the work of Henry Cole, celebrated illustrator and author of children's books, and Doug Buehl, who writes extensively about classroom strategies for interactive learning and teaching comprehension with complex texts. 

For more information, contact
Dr. Audrey Church, churchap@longwood.edu, and
Dr. Gretchen Braun, braungl@longwood.edu.

Course begins on Monday, June 16, 2014.  Add/drop period ends on June 20, 2014.
Participants will need to pay Longwood's online graduate level tuition and fees for this three-credit course.

Registering for EDSL595/EDUC595

  • If you are an admitted Longwood student, register through myLongwood. 
  • If you are not an admitted Longwood student, to register for the course, complete both forms below and either mail or fax to the Longwood University Registrar's office (434-395-2252).
    Online course registration form 
    In-state tuition form


Additional Information

General Information about the Institute:
Dr. Audrey Church

Frances Reeve

Concurrent Sessions:
Dr. Karla Collins

Author Panel:
Dr. Wendy Snow

Dr. Gretchen Braun

Freddie Adcock