JULY 19 - 24, 2020

There are opportunities in every crisis. 

We're entering a new era as we transform learning and teaching with the power of digital literacy and online professional development

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Literacy is Expanding 

Educators all around the world have been learning on the fly how to use the power of digital texts, tools, and technologies for "remote emergency instruction." There has never been a more urgent need to consider how online learning and teaching can be harnessed to support the needs of all learners across the lifespan. The coronavirus pandemic has made it clear: digital literacy, media literacy, and online learning are key dimensions of learning, in and out of school. 

The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy is the nation’s premier professional development program in digital literacy. The program is an intense, week-long multi-disciplinary gathering designed for K-12 educators and school leaders; higher education faculty and researchers; school, public and academic librarians; youth media and media literacy activists working in non-school contexts; and media professionals. Learn more about who will attend the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy 2020.  

The 8th annual program will be held July 19 - 24, 2020 in a fully-online format as a result of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The program includes rich content using inquiry learning principles to advance leadership in digital literacy.  Participants select from among a variety of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, with numerous opportunities for dialogue, sharing, and conversation. 

This professional learning program offers participants a variety of different choices for how to learn. We know you need flexibility in scheduling your professional development around your summer schedule. You can align your choices with your work and family needs.


Rich Content

This program offers deep-dive learning experiences on a wide range of topics and issues related to digital literacy in the context of K-12 and higher education, librarianship, community, and democracy.  We explore topics including:


Literacy in a Digital Age

  • family literacies that connect culture and classroom

  • ​lessons learned from emergency remote instruction as a result of COVID-19

  • integrating inquiry learning practices into instruction

  • strategies for scaffolding students' independent learning 

  • online reading comprehension strategies

  • digital writing and multimedia composition pedagogies


Responses to Cultural and Technological Change

  • balancing synchronous and asynchronous online learning

  • best practices in online learning in K-12 and higher education

  • strategies for promoting empathy, mindfulness, and relaxation 

  • the role of popular culture & digital media in the lives of children and teens

  • creative media production as a form of inquiry learning


Literacy, Education and Democracy

  • addressing digital inequalities in education and society

  • analyzing contemporary propaganda and disinformation

  • civic agency and empowerment

  • curation and collaboration 

  • algorithmically personalized search, persuasion & entertainment 

  • unexpected implications of digital media on the democratic process.


Flexible Format 

This fully-online professional learning program offers participants a variety of different formats and choices of how to learn. We know you need flexibility in scheduling your professional development learning time around your summer schedule.

Format. You can align your choices with your work and family needs. Learn about the fully-online format and explore the schedule to see how the program meets your needs. 

Fees. The program fee of $400 includes the complete program experience and permanent access to all digital materials and resources. All participants receive a certificate indicating completion of the 42-hour intensive program. Continuing education credits from the State of Illinois are available. 

Space is Limited! Register Now!



Teacher, researcher, activist and media maker with a passion for digital and media literacy


Internationally recognized expert on inquiry in digital literacy & online reading comprehension




Dr. Tisha Lewis Ellison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at The University of Georgia. Her research explores the intersections of family literacy, multimodality, and digital and STEM literacy practices among African American and Latinx families and adolescents. Dr. Lewis Ellison has been the recipient of the Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education, the Early Career Achievement and J Michael Parker awards from the Literacy Research Association, and the Promising Researcher Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Her numerous grants and research studies are advancing the field of families’ digital literacies and STEM literacies across lifespans, in homes and community settings, and in ways that inform parents, adolescents, and teachers. Her work has appeared in the selected peer reviewed journals: Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of Literacy Research, Written Communication, and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.




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