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UNI's Jacobson Center is recipient of 2014 Richard O. Jacobson Philanthropy Award

August 11, 2014

Salli Forbes, director, Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, 319-273-6597,

Bill Calhoun, vice president for University Advancement/president of UNI Foundation, 319-273-2487,

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

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy at the University of Northern Iowa is the recipient of the 2014 Richard O. Jacobson Philanthropy Award. The award was presented to UNI President Bill Ruud and Jacobson Center Director Salli Forbes at an event held at Summit Farms in Hubbard on Aug. 2.

Each year the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation trustees select one project to receive this recognition. The center will receive a $50,000 gift provided by the Jacobson Foundation and Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter.

UNI's Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy (JCCL) works with Iowa schools to improve literacy for all Iowa students. The center provides preparation for literacy coaches in the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy model and preparation for Reading Recovery teacher leaders. Both the literacy coaches and Reading Recovery teacher leaders work to improve the teaching expertise and performance of teachers in the schools, which in turn improves literacy achievement for students.

In addition to these services, the JCCL provides a Literacy Education Professional Development School for the preparation of select undergraduate students who are studying to become teachers.

The goals of the center are to:

- Close the achievement gap between diverse groups while increasing literacy proficiency for all students

- Increase teachers' knowledge and instructional expertise through university-supported professional development

- Support teachers' collaborative monitoring of student progress and instructional decision-making

To learn more about UNI's Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy, contact the center at, call 319-273-2053 or visit