Lake Superior Summit on the Teaching of Writing & English as a Second Language 2023

Join us for the 10th Annual Conference: Lessons from the Land: Teaching, Learning, Writing, Living

Date: Friday, March 3rd, 2023
Time: 9:00am to 3:30pm, registration opens at 8:30am
Location: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Welcome to the 10th annual Lake Superior Summit on the Teaching of Writing & English as a Second Language, 2023, held this year at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. This year, we look forward to reflecting on the past, grounding ourselves in the present, and looking to the future together.

Ten years ago, the Summit was founded with the goal of building connections between writing teachers in the Northland. We continue to create professional development opportunities for one another and provide a space for collaborative conversations which honor the deep level of expertise of all our conference attendees.

Register for the 2023 Lake Superior Summit

Call for Session Proposals

Call for Session Proposals: 10th Annual Lake Superior Summit  

Lessons from the Land: Teaching, Learning, Living, Writing

Please consider proposing a session or a panel for the annual Lake Superior Summit. We welcome sessions from secondary and post-secondary presenters. The Summit is an opportunity for you to share your practices, problems, and reflections in a supportive, engaging space.

This year’s session theme is “Lessons from the Land: Teaching, Learning, Writing, Living.” We welcome proposals on any topic. Here are a few categories to think about:

  • How has attending the Summit impacted your teaching or writing practice?
  • How does one manage a healthy work life balance given the laborious nature of our work?
  • How does place shape your teaching and/or writing?
  • In what ways do you incorporate the practice of writing in your own life, given your busy schedule?
  • How do you address the history of colonization of our region and our institutions in your teaching and writing?

Please send a 4-5 sentence description of your presentation containing the following in an email with the subject line Summit Proposal to by 4 pm on February 9, 2023:

  • Your name(s) & institutional affiliation
  • Its title
  • The main topic/argument/approach
  • The format of your presentation (individual presentation, panel, workshop, roundtable discussion)

The committee will review all proposals and aim to include everyone who would like to present.

For more information

Please contact Darci Schummer,, with all Summit queries.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for High School Teachers

High School teachers who attend the conference can earn 6 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A CEU certificate will be available on the day of the conference to those who request it in advance on the Registration Form.

History of the Summit

The Summit was conceived in 2014 by a group of area writing instructors wishing to meet their colleagues at various educational levels and across states in the Northland. Its purpose is to bring together teachers of writing and literacy to exchange ideas, best practices, common challenges, and innovations in the teaching of writing, whether academic, creative, professional, or otherwise.

The Summit values experimentation in our small-group sessions as acts of discovery in teaching and learning. Thoughtful, intelligent sharing in question-and-answer sessions with very active audience participation is the cornerstone of this event.

In early years, conference fees ranged from $8-15 per attendee. However, since 2015, the conference has been free to attend based on generous donations from area colleges and universities.

Past Conferences

2022 Hosted by the College of Saint Scholastica, the Summit focused on exploring the relationship between secondary and post-secondary writing teachers with the theme “Common Ground or Shifting Sands?”.

2021 Hosted by the University of Wisconsin Superior, the Summit focused on “Essential Innovations” demanded by the limitations imposed by COVID-19, and considered the three themes of “Teaching with Technology,” “Lessons Learned from the Difficult Times,” and “Language & Culture.”

2020 Hosted by the University of Minnesota-Duluth, this Summit addressed awareness and visibility in the classroom, diverse narratives and perspectives, and challenging conversations related to the teaching of writing and English as a Second Language, with the theme “Absence to Presence: Nurturing Awareness & Visibility in Our Teaching Spaces.”

2019 Hosted by Lake Superior College, this Summit examined the importance of writing for engaging students in a polarized nation at a time of particularly troublesome social and political discord.

2018 Hosted by Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, this Summit explored the role of writing in the lives of both teachers and students inside and outside the academic contexts, and how these related, contrasted, and informed each other.

2017 Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjacket Union, the Summit theme, “Writing Lives in the Northland,” explored the role of writing in the lives of both teachers and students inside and outside the academic contexts and how these relate, contrast, and inform each other.

2016 Hosted by College of St. Scholastica, the Summit was focused around the theme of “Engaging Communities,” both in terms of writing teachers engaging their students, as well as how students can learn through community-based writing.

2015 Hosted by University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Summit expanded its focus by collaborating with English as a Second Language colleagues, whose interests dovetail with the teaching of writing. The theme was “Bridging Communities,” a figurative nod to bringing disciplines together, as well as a figurative nod to the bridges connecting the Twin Ports of Superior, WI and Duluth, MN.

2014 Hosted by Lake Superior College, the inaugural conference brought college and high school writing instructors in the Northland together for the first time in the existing memories of senior colleagues (upwards of 20 years).

Parking and Directions

Getting to Campus:

Take the Highway 33/Cloquet exit from Interstate 35, go north approximately one mile to Washington Avenue and turn right. Go to the first stop sign at 14th Street. Turn right onto 14th Street and follow for about one mile. The campus is on the right hand side of 14th Street. Parking is available in any of the lots that surround the main building. On-campus parking is free.

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