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Program Contact: Coordinator of the Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum – 717-771-8413

Each summer Penn State York offers a graduate level summer institute. The institute is designed to provide participants with the most recent information on research and best practices.

The summer literacy institute is offered as a three-credit graduate level course in a weeklong format or participants can select to enroll for Act 48 hours only.


Summer Literacy Institute

Closing in on Close Reading

June 22–26, 2015

View the Summer Institute Brochure (pdf) and Registration Form (pdf)

Literacy research links close reading of complex text—whether the student is a struggling or advanced reader—with considerable gains in reading proficiency and finds close reading to be a key factor in college and career readiness. The 2015 Penn State Summer Literacy Institute has been designed to help educators from K–12th grades guide students to read in order to uncover layers of meaning that lead to deep comprehension with texts with which teachers have already been teaching. Through the course text, Falling in Love with Close Reading, Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts show educators that close reading can be rigorous, meaningful, and joyous. Throughout this week, teachers will learn how to empower students to not only analyze texts, but to appreciate the author’s craft in their favorite books, and conduct evidence-based discussions about what they are reading.