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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 Comprehensive Literacy (CL) for teacher development. The Center is dedicated to providing premier professional development to educators and to conducting research in literacy-related areas.

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  • Two PhD in Reading graduates, Dr. Laura Juhl and Dr. Mickey Elliott, will present their dissertation research at the Literacy Research Association Conference in Tampa, Florida in November, 2017. Dr. Juhl’s research is Biological Processing Rhythms in Beginning Readers: A Spectrographic Examination of Oral Reading Behavior on Texts of Increasing Difficulty. Dr. Elliott’s research is Electronic Apprenticeships in the Social Construction of Teacher Knowledge: An Ethnographic Case Study.
  • Dr. Linda Dorn and Dr. Kent Layton will present their research on the CIM Electronic Learning Network at the 2017 Literacy Research Association in Tampa, Florida. Their research is part of a symposium with seven PCL university partners that examined Meaningful Change through Electronic Cognitive Apprenticeships: Co-Constructing Knowledge through Authentic, Synergistic Teaching and Learning Experiences across District, State, and University Partnerships.
  • The Fort Atkinson Middle School, Wisconsin School District won the 2017 Wisconsin Exemplary Reading Program Award from the International Literacy Association. The school is certified as a Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model school. This is the second time the Fort Atkinson district has won an ILA award for its exemplary reading program.
  • The Center for Literacy hosted 3 summer institutes in Missouri and Arkansas to support literacy educators from 10 states. Additional literacy institutes were hosted by PCL university partners in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. By summer’s end, approximately 1500 literacy educators had convened to study comprehensive literacy for school improvement.
  • The Center for Literacy has opened a satellite site in Wisconsin to serve the affiliated PCL Wisconsin school districts. Michelle Amend, PCL Clinical Coach, works closely with the UA-Little Rock Center for Literacy in development and research activities that focus on supporting Wisconsin schools.
  • UA Little Rock Center for Literacy Influences Educational Change

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