Little Rock, Ark. (Nov. 25, 2014)–Dr. Linda Dorn, a professor of reading, has donated $10,000 to establish a fund to benefit the continued work of the Center for Literacy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“Teachers are the most important factor in school improvement, and this fund provides a means for contributing to teacher development. No amount is too small, and the benefit to teachers is tremendous,” Dorn said.
The center is located in the Department of Teacher Education and is part of the College of Education and Health Professions at UALR.
The purpose of the fund is to enhance the knowledge of literacy educators in K-12 schools through professional development opportunities sponsored by the Center for Literacy.
The professional development activities include, but are not limited to, conferences, institutes, academies, and workshops.
The UALR Center for Literacy uses literacy as a lever for educational change that leads to increases in teacher knowledge and student achievement.
It houses four nationally recognized training models and, for the last three years, has partnered with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to provide over 200 professional development scholarships for Arkansas teachers to attend UALR literacy events.
Dorn is the Center for Literacy director and also co-editor of the book, “Changing Minds, Changing Schools: A Comprehensive Literacy Design for School Improvement.”