Keynote Speakers

Noted educator and best-selling author Zaretta Hammond, National Writing Project executive director Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Collaborative Classroom‘s Vice President for Organizational Learning Peter Brunn will keynote the 2021 Summer Institute.


Zaretta Hammond on "Literacy as Liberation: Building Authentic Student Agency through Reading Instruction"

Elyse Eidman-Aadahl on "Don‘t Worry; We Got This: From Connected Learning to the Writing Workshop"

Peter Brunn on "What in the World Do We Do Now? Revising Our Teaching and Reexamining Essential Practices"

"Literacy as Liberation: Building Authentic Student Agency through Reading Instruction" by Zaretta Hammond


Keynote Description: Reading is the epicenter of equity. It is a power tool we must put in the arsenal of students in our quest to help them become leaders of their own learning. But too often, we only focus on the technical aspects of reading instruction and don‘t invite the student into the social and cognitive process in a meaningful way.Our driving question should be: How do we leverage the science of reading and the science of learning to foster authentic agency and independence over compliance? In this keynote, Zaretta Hammond will explore what it means to help students find their own intellectual curiosity around reading, words, and ideas that becomes their "why" for deeper literacy learning.  


"Don‘t Worry; We Got This: From Connected Learning to the Writing Workshop" by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl 


Keynote Description: As challenging as the past school year was, it did at least provide a context for our professional learning and for young people to follow their interests in new ways. In this keynote, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl draws on conversations with teachers and student writers alike about small victories and important insights from our collective experience that should inform our practice in the writing classroom going forward as we reimagine learning


"What In The World Do We Do Now? Revising Our Teaching And Reexamining Essential Practices" by Peter Brunn


Keynote Description: In this keynote, Peter Brunn will help us reflect on the idea of revising our teaching practices to ensure that we are holding onto the things we truly value and deem essential. With so many competing priorities and demands, we will explore ways to ensure that what we do in our classrooms are in fact the things that matter most.