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The UALR Center for Literacy is committed to using literacy as a lever for educational change that leads to significant increases in teacher knowledge and student achievement. The Center houses four nationally recognized training models: Partnership in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL), Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), Reading Recovery (RR), and the Strategic Processing Model (SPM). The Center is dedicated to providing premier professional development to educators and to conducting research in literacy-related areas.

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  • The UALR Center for Literacy is proud to sponsor the annual K-8 Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery Academy. This premier event takes place on October 27-28 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Literacy Academy is designed to enhance educators’ expertise for implementing a comprehensive literacy approach to school improvement. This year’s theme, Changing Minds, Changing Schools, emphasizes the link between instruction, scaffolding, and higher-level thinking. On Monday morning, Linda Dorn sets the conference theme with her keynote, “Shaping Literate Minds: A Closer Look at Meaning” and on Tuesday morning, Barbara Schubert continues the theme with a closer look at implications from cognitive neuroscience for teaching struggling readers. Across the two days, 25 breakout sessions are organized under five broad strands: Classroom Literacy, Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), Reading Recovery, Literacy Leadership, and Special Topics (including Dyslexia and Special Education). At the end of the academy, participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the ‘change process’ as this relates to children, teachers, and schools.
  • Arkansas K-6 Comprehensive Literacy Academy and Reading Recovery Conference – Registration Now Open!
  • Reading Recovery Council of North America Names Behrend President
  • Janet BehrendReading Recovery Council of North America announced today that Janet Behrend of UALR’s Department of Teacher Education, is its new president.
    She will lead a membership association of more than 5,000 Reading Recovery educators and advocates who are dedicated to helping first graders who struggle with beginning reading and writing.
  • UALR Doctoral Student Awarded Scholarship
    scholarship-pictureNathalie Massanelli, a doctoral student in the UALR Reading program, was awarded the Charles and Nadine Baum Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year. The scholarship will pay for eight graduate hours each semester, and will enable her to continue the pursuit of her Ph.D. in Reading Education.
    Nathalie’s research will use a mixed method design to study the effect of using historical fiction novels with teacher facilitated literature discussion groups on the development of children’s wisdom as related to their analysis of characters’ actions.
  • Validation Study Supports the Keystone Book Assessments
  • Center Staff Completes Research on the Comprehensive Intervention Model
  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Supports UALR Literacy Initiatives
  • PCL Literacy Coaches Participate in Real-Time Virtual Experiences

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