2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog

The Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

The Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative (CRRLC) is dedicated to providing high quality professional development to administrators, literacy coaches, classroom teachers, and other literacy teachers and specialists. We support improvement in literacy outcomes for students PreK-8 with a variety of hybrid, face to face, and asynchronous professional development opportunities such as literacy workshops, institutes and conferences, on-site offerings for schools and districts, and graduate courses in specific aspects of literacy teaching, coaching and teacher leadership.

The Center is a certified site for Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery is a literacy intervention designed to help first graders who find literacy learning difficult achieve average grade-level proficiency in 12 to 20 weeks. The CRRLC provides hybrid training to teacher leaders who train Reading Recovery teachers to provide the intervention to the lowest achieving students in their districts.

The Center partners with schools in Literacy Collaborative, which is a comprehensive, standards-based approach to teaching that brings together teachers, teacher leaders, literacy coaches, school leadership teams, and school and district administrators to achieve equitable literacy outcomes for students. The Center team works with districts and schools to make a long-term plan to build the professional capacity of the school.

The Center offers two online, asynchronous advanced teaching certificates. The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching (K-8) is distinguished by its systematic focus on building an integrated approach to literacy across all of the important elements of instructional practice. A prominent feature of the program is its application of Clay's complex theory of literacy learning and its use of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum: Expanded Edition. The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership is designed to build the professional capacity of school leaders, instructional specialists, teacher leaders, and coaches. It features coursework on shared leadership, collaborative professionalism, working with adults, providing professional development in a culture of teacher growth, and various models of high impact coaching.