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UNI to host literacy and Reading Recovery events

February 13, 2013

Debra Rich, program administrator, Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, 319-273-2053,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's College of Education, the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Learning, and UNI's Reading Recovery Center of Iowa will host two literacy events in April. The first Jacobson Center and Reading Recovery Literacy Academy will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. The 45th Annual Elementary Literacy and Reading Recovery Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, at the Schindler Education Center.

Each event will feature several breakout sessions featuring presentations by literacy experts from universities across the nation. Keynote speakers are Richard Elmore, Harvard University's Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership, and Steven Kellogg, children's author and illustrator.

Other presenters include Mary Ann Poparad, assistant professor in the National College of Education and director of the Illinois Reading Recovery Center for Literacy at National-Louis University, Chicago, Ill.; Floretta Thorton-Reid, assistant professor and executive director for the Reading Recovery program at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.; Maryann McBride, teacher leader in residence at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.; and Carla Soffos, literacy coach and Reading Recovery teacher leader at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition, Iowa educational leaders and practitioners will offer more than 30 breakout sessions on various literacy topics.

Registration is now open. Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders and reading specialists are encouraged to attend; however, the event is open to the public.

To register or for more information, visit or contact Debra Rich, program administrator, UNI Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, 319-273-2053 or