Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Description

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model is a school-reform project dedicated to increasing student achievement. The model uses literacy as a tool for measuring school change in four interrelated areas: student learning, teacher knowledge, school culture, and school processes. The logo of the interlocking diamonds symbolizes the dynamic, continuous relationship between a school’s literacy program and the educational agencies and policies that influence school improvement. The first diamond represents the relationship of four essential components within the school: classroom literacy framework, school-embedded professional development, intervention programs for struggling learners, and accountability and research. The second diamond represents the relationship between four educational agencies: public schools, universities, state education departments, and foundations. The power of the UALR model is symbolized in a partnership design that acknowledges school change as a dynamic, continuous process that requires commitment and collaboration at many levels.

The Center for Literacy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is recognized as a national leader in literacy reform. School districts and universities across the United States have partnered with UALR to influence literacy changes at the local, state, and national levels. In 2005, the name Arkansas Comprehensive Literacy Model was changed to Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) to recognize this international network of literacy partners.