Literacy By the Lakes

August 9-10, 2019  | Pyle Center, Madison, WI

What is Literacy by the Lakes?
Literacy by the Lakes is an initiative from the faculty in Literacy Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The conference is based on being responsive to an identified school literacy need.  Attendees will come as teams and engage in learning valuable strategies to advance all types of literacy at their school site. This year’s strands include social justice, digital literacy, establishing writing communities and engaging youth in writing for advocacy.  Hear from the Greater Madison Writing Project, Rise Up and Write students and faculty members such as Dawnene Hassett and Peter Wardrip.  Also new this year is an exhibit hall chocked full of amazing and useful resources.

A guiding principle of Literacy by the Lakes is that making literacy education meaningful increases the possibility of raising conventional forms of achievement.  More importantly, meaningful literacy instruction can help children understand that, through literacy, they can expand their intellectual lives and relationships and experience a sense of agency in determining their futures.

Come be part of the literacy community along with your colleagues, our faculty and our talented staff.

Who should apply?
PreK-12 school-based teams of educators (approximately 4-8 per team), including at least one administrator or instructional leader.

How do we apply?
Click the following link to apply: LBL Application

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. There are a limited number of spots available for this program so submit your application as soon as possible!

What is the cost of participation?
$125 per person (without lodging) | $250 per person (with lodging)

Registration for the 2-day workshop in August, meals, lodging at a hotel on campus, professional books, select children’s/young adult books, and other supporting materials across the 2019-20 school year.

What does participation involve?

  • Attending August 9th-10th Institute on the UW-Madison campus
  • Choosing literacy emphasis area(s)/goals for your team by close of Institute
  • Collaborating with the UW-Madison literacy faculty and other participating teams across the 2019-20 school year toward meeting and extending literacy goals

What should I expect at the 2-day Institute in August?
In addition to a attending a keynote address, participants will choose from a series of intensive workshops taught by literacy education faculty members and others.

Participants can expect sessions to center on the following:

  • Equitable literacy practices as essential to building a just society
  • Reading and writing that are engaging to students
  • Dialogic classrooms as fertile spaces for literacy learning and intellectual and relational growth
  • Writing and drawing interactively from complex texts
  • Innovation, imagination, and play as essential to literacy success and literate practice

Ample time will be provided for conversations across and within teams for reflection, planning, and curricular design. Following the 2-day Institute, each school team will be expected to identify an area of focus for the 2019-2020 school year. Teams will receive the professional books and children’s/young adult books needed to carry out their goals. Support across the school year will be provided in the form of additional instructional materials, as needed, ongoing consultation from UW-Madison literacy faculty and graduate students, and across-school networking.

Questions? Contact PLACE at or (608) 890-3091.