The UALR Center for Literacy and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) are partners in the campaign to promote grade-level reading proficiency by the end of third grade. From 2010-2013, the WRF has provided over 200 professional development scholarships for Arkansas teachers to attend UALR literacy events. These professional events have focused on research-based practices and interventions for promoting reading proficiency in the early grades.
Since 2010, the WRF has provided grant funds to train over 35 Arkansas Reading Recovery teachers who have served more than 700 K-3 struggling readers in individual or small group interventions. The grant was awarded to the Center for Literacy as a match for the i3 grant for the purpose of scaling up Reading Recovery in Arkansas schools.
The Center for Literacy and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation are committed to training more teachers in Reading Recovery and the Comprehensive Intervention Model through the use of video teleconferencing. Toward this goal, in 2012, the Foundation contributed grant funds to install technology for training teachers in remote areas of the state. The training uses a clinical format that includes live teaching of children while other teachers observe the lesson and provide feedback. Through the use of technology, over 100 teachers across the state have received specialized training in research-based practices for increasing the literacy achievement of Arkansas children.