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Community Literacy Summit 2014

Community Literacy Summit 2014:
Everyone is a Teacher of Literacy

Monday, September 29, 2014
Calvin College

Presented by the Community Literacy Initiative
of the Literacy Center of West Michigan

The Community Literacy Summit seeks to develop a community that is 100% literate by offering a venue for learning from one another, by empowering participants to live out their potential as teachers of literacy, and by encouraging the inclusion of all community members in literacy efforts.

Everyone has a stake in literacy. Whether you're a parent, an employer, an educator, a volunteer, a health care provider or other service provider, you can be a part of the solution.

The Summit

The Third Annual Community Literacy Summit will include exciting research and experience-based workshops. Dr. Ernest Morrell will give the keynote address. The Literacy Cafe will provide opportunities to meet Azizi Jasper, and the annual Literacy Awards to honor individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in West Michigan will be announced.

Find out more about the workshops and speakers here.

Portrait of Dr. Ernest MorrellKeynote address by Dr. Ernest Morrell:
Developing Powerful Readers and Writers through Critical Community Engagement

How can we get young people excited about literacy learning? How can we connect literacy development to social justice and academic excellence? Explore a socially, culturally, and technologically relevant model of literacy education developed by Ernest and colleagues that engages students, parents, and communities civically and develops academic literacies needed for success in school and beyond.

Dr. Ernest Morrell is the inaugural Macy Professor of Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ernest is also the president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and a Class of 2014 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He was an award winning high school English teacher and coach in Northern California and now works with teachers and schools across the country to infuse multicultural literature, popular culture, youth research, and digital media production into standards-based literacy curricula and after school programs. Professor Morrell is the author of 75 articles and book chapters, and six books including Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools and Linking Literacy and Popular Culture. In his spare time he coaches youth sports and writes poems and plays. Morrell earned his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California at Berkeley where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

For additional information about the Community Literacy Summit, including updates to the workshops and biographies of the speakers, please visit the Community Literacy Initiative website.



Check-in and breakfast


Welcome and Opening Comments
L. S. Klatt (Calvin College), Grand Rapids Poet Laureate








Keynote Address
Dr. Ernest Morrell (Columbia University, Teachers College)


Literacy Cafe
Azizi Jasper, Facilitator


Book sales and author signing



General registration is $35, with discounts available for students. Registration includes admittance to the keynote speech, two workshops, the Literacy Cafe, the Community Literacy Awards Ceremony, ongoing art displays throughout the day, and breakfast and lunch.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 24.


You may pay in advance for SCECHs at the time of registration by selecting the appropriate ticket type. Onsite SCECH registration will also be available the day of the event. The cost is $15.

If you wish to receive SCECH credit, please be sure to sign in with the appropriate person at the registration table at the beginning of the summit and follow all instructions received at that time. To receive credit, you must turn in the application form and sign in/out on September 29, and complete the online survey you receive from the State of Michigan after the event.


Artwork by Georgia Taylor.