LLA Literacies for All Summer Institute - NCTE

Friday, July 29 | 10:15–11:15 a.m. ET
Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz
is an award-winning associate professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on racial literacy in teacher education, Black girl literacies, and Black and Latinx male high school students. A sought-after speaker on issues of race, culturally responsive pedagogy, and diversity, Sealey-Ruiz works with K-12 and higher education school communities to increase their racial literacy knowledge and move toward more equitable school experiences for their Black and Latinx students. Sealey-Ruiz appeared in Spike Lee’s 2 Fists Up: We Gon’ Be Alright, a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou. She is the co-author of  Advancing Racial Literacies in Teacher Education: Toward Activism for Equity in Digital Spaces (with Dr. Detra Price-Dennis, 2021). She is also the author of the full-length poetry collections Love from the Vortex & Other Poems (2020) and  The Peace Chronicles (2021).


Saturday, July 30 | 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET

The authors of Revolutionary Love.

Kamania Wynter-Hoyte is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina. She has published in the International Critical Childhood Policy Studies Journal, the Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of Literacy Research, and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education and has presented her research at national and international conferences. She is the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English 2018 Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award.

Eliza G. Braden is an associate professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina. Her work is published in the J ournal of Children’s Literature, the Teachers College Record, Children’s Literature in Education, and the I nternational Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Dr. Braden is the recipient of NCTE’s Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award and the Early Literacy Educator of the Year Award from the Early Childhood Education Assembly.

Michele Myers is an assistant professor for elementary literacy education at Wake Forest University with over twenty-eight years of experience in education. Currently she teaches embedded literacy methods courses. Dr. Myers is an NCTE executive board member and the president of Literacies and Languages for All (LLA). She is the recipient of the 2019 Black Faculty and Staff Association Award for Community Advocacy and the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from the University of South Carolina.

Sanjuana C. Rodriguez is an associate professor of reading and literacy education in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood at Kennesaw State University. She also serves as the co-director of the Academy for Language and Literacy and is the current chair of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Book Award Committee. She has published in various journals including the Journal of Children’s Literature, Teachers and Teaching, and Race Ethnicity and Education. Dr. Rodriguez received the Kennesaw State University Bagwell College of Education Early Career Award in 2018 and the Teaching Award in 2019.

Natasha Thornton is founder of Thornton Educational Consulting and co-developer of Black Education is Lit(eracy), an online resource that highlights Black history and excellence. Her work centers on developing professional learning and curricular materials that foster culturally responsive beliefs and practices. She has published in Race Ethnicity and Education and Multicultural Perspectives. Dr. Thornton is also an adjunct professor of literacy education at Kennesaw State University and serves on the board of the Literacies and Languages for All conference.

Conference Details

Join LLA for the 2022 Summer Institute in Louisville, KY, July 29–31.

The most recently updated LLA and NCTE Homecoming program can be accessed below. Look for the LLA Track designations for specific LLA Summer Institute sessions. Registrants may attend any session they are interested in regardless of track. This document will be updated weekly, each Wednesday. All sessions will take place in the Kentucky International Convention Center and the adjoining Louisville Marriott Downtown.



Interested in receiving continuing education credit?
LLA has partnered with the University of San Diego to offer graduate level credit for participation in the 2022 Summer Institute.



Registration is now available for the 2022 LLA Summer Institute with the following rates:

  • NCTE Member: $235 / $265 after June 30
  • Student: $135 / $165 after June 30
  • Nonmember: $315 / $345 after June 30


Registration for the NCTE Homecoming includes access to three days of programming and celebration July 29-31 in Louisville, Kentucky. During registration, you will be asked to select the track that you are interested in attending, in this case, the LLA Summer Institute; however, the programming content and experiences will be available to all attendees.

Register on or before June 30 to take advantage of early-bird discounts, and join or renew your membership to qualify for member pricing!

Please reach out to Customer Service at CustomerService@ncte.org for assistance or registration updates. Due to on-site preparations, cancellations cannot be accepted after June 30, 2022.

Plans for the 2022 Summer Institute

The 2022 LLA Summer Institute will be held in person in Louisville, KY, July 29–31, with the theme Love in Action: A Commitment to Freedom and Justice. The institute includes exciting keynote speakers and sessions addressing the complex political and critical issues that surround whole language philosophy and teaching. With goals of teacher support and professional development, advocacy, and political action, participants actively engage in dialogue and small- and whole-group interactions.

The Literacies for All Summer Institute is a peer-reviewed conference. All proposals addressing whole language beliefs will be considered. Look for more information about the conference on this website, on the Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.

Important Notes: Because LLA is a not-for-profit organization, the financial viability of its Summer Institute depends upon the support of everyone who attends. Invited participants are required to register for the conference when they accept their invitation. NCTE/LLA is unable to reimburse program participants for travel or living expenses. Session proposers should advise all involved in their proposal that submission of a proposal does not constitute an invitation to appear on the program. Invitations will be sent this spring following the Program Planning Committee’s peer-review and selection process.

Past LLA Literacies for All Summer Institutes


2021 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 10, 2021, Online
Visions and Voices for the Future

2019 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 10-12, 2019, Columbia, South Carolina
Embracing Diversity through Meaningful Inquiry

2018 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 12-14, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland
Sustaining Joy in Our Learning Communities during Challenging Times

2017 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 20-22, 2017, Tucson Arizona
Global Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections

2016 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 14-16, 2016, St. Louis, Missouri
Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action

2015 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 9-11, 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds: Reading, Writing, and Taking Action

2014 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 17-19, 2014, Pasadena, California
Making Meaning: Teaching and Learning Together

2013 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 18-20, 2013, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
Authentic Literacy Events and Social Actions: Celebrating Relationships and Partnerships

2012 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 19-21, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri
Reclaiming Joy in Teaching, Learning, and Research

2011 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 21-24, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada
Teachers, Students, and Families Together: Nurturing Literate Communities

2010 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 8-11, 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana
Reflecting on Our Practice: Pathways and Possibilities

2009 Literacies for All Summer Institute
July 9-12, 2009, Columbia, South Carolina
Learning in the Company of Others: Reading, Writing, and Inquiring in the 21st Century