UNI Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy to host 4th annual summer institute

Posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Debra Rich, assistant director, Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, 319-273-2053,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy will host a four-day institute on comprehensive literacy Tuesday, June 23, through Friday, June 26, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo.

The institute will offer details for designing a rigorous and challenging curriculum that includes research-based literacy practices, and will provide educators with a wealth of practical resources aligned with the Iowa Core State Standards.

Developed under the leadership of Linda Dorn, director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) is a model of school transformation that focuses on improved literacy learning for all children. Dorn will be the featured speaker.

Nearly 300 educators from across Iowa will participate in the institute, including PCL coaches, coach candidates, school administrators, classroom teachers, Title I teachers, special education teachers, curriculum directors, Area Education Agency (AEA) consultants, AEA chief administrators and superintendents. UNI graduate credit is available for PCL coach candidates; UNI graduate workshop credit is available to all other participants.

The Jacobson Center at the University of Northern Iowa is one of seven universities that partner with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to provide professional development opportunities for educators and preparation in the PCL model. Salli Forbes, director of the Jacobson Center, and assistant director Debra Rich coordinate the summer institute and oversee the year-long preparation of PCL coaches for school districts and Area Education Agencies across Iowa.

For more information about the summer institute, visit