In fall 2006, the Center for Literacy in the College of Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock was established. UALR has a history of literacy partnerships with schools, including professional development activities, school planning, program evaluation, and grant projects. The center is committed to increasing literacy achievement in Arkansas and the nation through teacher development and research-based literacy models.
Within the center are three nationally recognized models: Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model, Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), and Reading Recovery (RR). The center staff includes seven clinical trainers who are experts in the theories, practices, and research of each model, and who work directly with schools to ensure high-quality implementations with significant results. The director of the Center for Literacy is Dr. Linda Dorn, professor of Reading Education.