Welcome from the Director of NH Literacy Institutes

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It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2021 summer institutes offered by the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, the UNH English Department, and the College of Liberal Arts.  

For over 30 years, we have offered a variety of institutes, courses, and workshops to teachers from across the country. While much has changed in the past 30 years, our commitment to teachers and the students they teach has not. We engage teachers in the processes of reading, writing, and responding. Most recently, we have extended our work to consider digital literacies, social emotional health, the visual arts, and teacher leadership. We remain committed to staffing the institutes and courses with instructors who know what public school teaching is like. They have been there and can offer credible, practical advice. 

On this webpage, you will find descriptions for the courses being offered this coming summer. We will be on campus in the beautiful, new Hamilton-Smith building, and we will be using our outdoor spaces, as well. For all classes, please contact us if you have concerns about in-person learning, and note that our final week of classes (July 26 - July 30) will be fully online. Brief interviews with instructors will also be on this site in the weeks ahead so you can learn more about the classes. We are excited about the content, the instructors, and the sense of renewal that this summer will bring! 

In addition to credit courses, we are offering two non-credit workshops: one led by Penny Kittle and Elaine Millen on leadership, and the second offered by Kabria Baumgartner and JerriAnne Boggis focused on expanding the stories we explore in our K-12 classrooms through archives and the Black Heritage Trail. We are also delighted to announce keynote speakers: Chad Everett, Vicki Vinton, and Linda Rief. We look forward to sharing more keynote speaker news and special events in the months leading up to the summer.

Please browse through our website to see all the offerings, instructor biographies, and times. If you have questions, please reach out to us at nhliteracy.institute@unh.edu or call 603-862-1168.

All of our courses and workshops are open to teachers – at all levels—interested in taking courses for their own enrichments and professional development.  The program is also open to those who would like to work toward a Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T) degree in the Department of English. 

In addition to these programs for teachers and literacy leaders, we will also be offering our Writers Academy for students in middle and high school. For more on the Writers Academy, please click here.

It promises to be a summer of engaged learning, community, and renewal. I hope you can be part of it.


Christina Ortmeier-Hooper