Center for Literacy
In fall 2006, the Center for Literacy in the Teacher Education Department of 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.
The mission of the Center for Literacy is to use literacy as a lever to influence educational change that leads to significant increases in student achievement in grades K-12. To achieve the mission, the Center has ten goals: (1) to build literacy partnerships between schools, universities, foundations, and agencies that are committed to continuous school improvement; (2) to provide specialized training to educators in research-based literacy programs with proven results; (3) to advocate for reading specialists, Reading Recovery teachers, intervention specialists, and literacy coaches in all schools; (4) to engage in collaborative research with schools and universities; (5) to provide professional development opportunities through annual conferences, summer institutes, and literacy workshops; (6) to produce scholarly work that brings recognition to the Center through books, articles, newsletters, media publications, reports, and such; (7) to secure grants for conducting research on the literacy models and other significant areas in literacy education; 8) to provide support for educators in school planning, program evaluation, and literacy improvement; (9) to implement, evaluate, and refine the uses of technology for engaging in high-quality, apprenticeship-type experiences within schools, and (10) to advocate for teachers and children through active involvement in professional organizations and policy initiatives.
Within the Center are four nationally recognized models: Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model, Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), Strategic Processing Model (SPM), and Reading Recovery (RR). The Center staff includes 5 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.