Summer Workshops

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July 13-15, 2022

Registration is now open!

Kabria Baumgartner

Some comments from past teacher participants:  

“Kabria’s and JerriAnne’s workshop allows teachers to explore local sites, stories, and literature. Most interesting to me were Kabria’s students’ digital compositions/documentary videos that tell local histories using archival images and materials. They show the amazing work that’s possible.” 

“The most powerful piece for me was walking in the footsteps of those before us. It was a living history moment that was incredibly powerful.” 

“Kabria is pure magic! Her examples of student’s archival work was powerful! I really think the workshop’s focus on living histories and archival work provides a concrete foundation that weall need to move forward with this tenuous work.”  

Workshop Description:   

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Fascinating stories about the history of African Americans in New England are now at our fingertips thanks to the work of scholars, librarians, and nonprofit organizations. But how do we integrate these powerful stories into K-12 language arts classrooms? Come join us for this workshop where we tackle how best to bring these stories into our classrooms and schools.  

This three-day workshop explores storytelling, literature, and social studies amid the expansion of digital archival collections to illustrate how teachers can successfully bring these narratives into their curriculum and classrooms. We ask two central questions: 

  •  What are the stories of freedom that we ought to share? 
  •  How can we use archival material to enrich our reading and analysis of literary texts written by writers of color?  

This workshop will bring together teachers and cultural leaders who will share best practices on incorporating archival materials in teaching language arts and humanities. We'll go on a walking tour of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire and visit the historical site of novelist Harriet E. Wilson, the first African American to publish a novel in North America. Along with these field trips, we’ll share how to analyze documents, from poems to petitions with your students; and we’ll study excerpts from African American texts such as Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and view documentaries like Shadows Fall North.  

Required Readings: • Lisa Ze Winters, “Fiction and Slavery’s Archive: Memory, Agency, and Finding Home,” in Reviews in American History 46.2 (June 2018): 338-344. • Shadows Fall North. Directed by Brian Vawter. Durham: University of New Hampshire’s Center for the Humanities/Atlantic Media Productions, 2016. • Susanna Hargreaves, “A Memorial to a New Hampshire Mother and Author,” in New Hampshire Magazine,

July 25-27, 2022

Registration now open!

$50 off all registrations paid for by March 15, 2022

Join long-time thought partners Kylene Beers, Chad Everett, Chris Crutcher, Penny Kittle, Bob Probst, and Linda Rief (plus surprise guests) as we discuss some of the most pressing issues in education today: engagement, equity, and social and emotional learning. We will use the practice of our own writing and reading to learn how students forge identities as confident and capable writers and readers. In particular, the focus will be on helping students who are disengaged from reading and writing.

Who Should Attend

Teachers, coaches, and administrators--this workshop is for you. The focus is on essential reading and writing strategies for students in grades 4–12. These strategies are critical for ELA/reading, social studies, science, and special education teachers, but all educators are welcome.


Your three days will be filled with large and small group learning and sharing. The days begin at 8:15 and end at 2:15. During that time you’ll be writing, reading, and sharing. A critical component of the institute is the writing you will do. Come prepared to focus on your own strengths as a writer so you can return to your school ready to write with your students. And if you aren’t yet sure what your strengths are, then come prepared to discover. You’ll also spend time learning how to help your students become engaged and critical readers of texts – both fiction and nonfiction.

This workshop is packed with learning that will energize you, engage you, and give you needed strategies to share with your students. New Hampshire is a beautiful place to be in the summer. It’s been a long few years; join your colleagues and the UNH Literacy Institute Team for a needed time of collaborative learning, growing, and re-imagining your teaching.



Penny Kittle is a teacher, author, and activist, determined to center joy in classrooms. She co-authored two books with Kelly Gallagher, 4 Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency and 180 Days. Penny also wrote Book Love; Write Beside Them; Inside Writing (coauthored with Donald H. Graves); The Greatest Catch, and Public Teaching. She co-edited a collection of Graves’ writing, Children Want to Write. Penny is an international literacy consultant and the president of the Book Love Foundation. A long-time high school ELA teacher and K-12 literacy coach, Penny currently teaches freshman English at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.

Linda Rief is author and coeditor of several Heinemann titles, including: Whispering in the Wind: A Guide to Deeper Reading and Writing Through Poetry; The Quickwrite Handbook: 100 Mentor Texts to Jumpstart Your Students' Thinking and Writing; Inside the Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook; The Writer’s-Reader’s Notebook; Adolescent Literacy; Seeking Diversity; and 100 Quickwrites. She is also a national and international consultant on issues of adolescent literacy. Linda has been awarded NCTE’s Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Educator in the English/Language Arts and is the 2021 recipient of the NCTE Distinguished Service Award. For forty years, Linda taught 8th grade ELA at Oyster River Middle School in New Hampshire.

Chad Everett was born in Memphis, Tennessee, moved to Mississippi at age five, and has lived in The Magnolia State ever since. He likes to spend as much time as possible on a lake with a fishing pole in his hand or speeding around a golf course. He received his Bachelor’s in Paralegal Studies from the University of Memphis with intentions of attending law school; however, he spent a year supporting teachers with technology integration and was forever changed. He went back to school to obtain his teaching certification and taught middle school English. The perpetual student, he later returned to school one more time and received his Master’s in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Southern Mississippi. Chad has served as a technology integrationist, English teacher, curriculum coach, assistant principal, and campus president for a network of charter schools. He brings all of this experience to his current role as Chief Instructional Officer for ImagineLIT. Chad lives with his wife and Labradoodle, Louie. When he isn’t roaming the halls, he can be found roaming the sidelines coaching basketball or writing about teaching and life at

Chris Crutcher is the author of several short story collections, an autobiography, and many award-winning young adult books. Before he turned to writing, he taught school in Washington and California and acted as director of an Oakland alternative school for nearly a decade. He has served for 25 years as a child and family therapist. A popular Voices from the Middle columnist for several years and recent contributor to the Huffington Post, Crutcher has been awarded the NCTE’s National Intellectual Freedom Award, the ALAN Award, and the ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.

Bob Probst, Professor Emeritus of English Education at Georgia State University, has spent most of his career working on the teaching of literature and reading. He is the author of Response and Analysis; coeditor with Linda Rief and Kylene Beers of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and  co-author, with Kylene Beers, of Forged by Reading, Disrupting Thinking, Reading Nonfiction, and Notice and Note. He has presented frequently at conventions, both national and international, and has served the National Council of Teachers of English in various roles, including membership on the Commission on Reading, on the Board of Directors of the Conference on English Leadership, and as column editor for Voices in the Middle. He is a recipient of the Exemplary Leadership Award awarded by NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership.

Kylene Beers, a former middle school teacher, is the bestselling author or co-author (with Bob Probst) of numerous books including When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can DoNotice and Note: Strategies for Close ReadingReading Nonfiction, Disrupting Thinking, and Forged by ReadingKylene is an international consultant on literacy issues, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and has served as an advisor to the National Governor’s Association Education Committee. She is a recipient of the NCTE Halle Award for Outstanding Middle Level Educator and the Exemplary Leadership Award awarded by NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership.