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UNI growing state's literacy education leadership with recent graduates

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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Amelia Holden-McMurray, marketing and communications coordinator, College of Education, 319-273-3214, amelia.holden-mcmurray@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – As part of their continuing mission to expand teachers' knowledge and instructional expertise in literacy education, the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy and the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa, both housed in the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy within the University of Northern Iowa's College of Education, celebrated their most recent graduates.

Nine educators completed the comprehensive literacy coach certification as part of the Jacobson Center's second graduating class in the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy coach preparation program. Three graduates finished the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader certificate program on May 8 through the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa, which has been at UNI since 2009. Both programs are post-master's programs culminating in an advanced studies certificate. This year's graduates bring the number of comprehensive literacy coaches in Iowa to 66. There are now 21 Reading Recovery teacher leaders in the state.

"The graduates of both the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy coach and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader certificate programs have done extraordinary work this year, both in their courses and implementing the models in their schools, districts and Area Education Agencies," said Salli Forbes, director of the Jacobson Center. "They have become and will continue to lead educational transformation in order to assure maximum achievement for all the students in the schools they serve."

Each of the PCL graduates continued to work full time as literacy coaches in their schools, districts or Area Education Agencies while completing the yearlong program. Their efforts will increase districts' abilities to meet the needs of students needing additional assistance in literacy education.

Graduates of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy coach program included:

Kelsey Bower of Davenport – John Glenn Elementary, North Scott Community Schools

Katie Burbridge of Rock Island, Illinois – Alan Shepard Elementary, North Scott Community Schools

Angela Butler of West Burlington – North Hill Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Amy Drew of Burlington – Grimes Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Lori Graves of Bloomfield – Davis County Elementary, Davis County Community Schools

Jessica Hellberg of Burlington – Black Hawk Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Bailea Jackson of Burlington – Sunnyside Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Linda McCartney of Burlington – Corse Elementary, Burlington Community Schools

Kelly Westley of Waterloo – Waterloo Community Schools

 

Graduates of the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader program included:

Tami Huck of Marshalltown – Marshalltown Community Schools

Gail Hunter of Batavia – Ottumwa Community Schools

Janelle Williams of Garner – Area Education Agency 267