Center for Literacy
The Center for Literacy at The University of Akron announces a newly forming professional education community that will help Summit County educators support the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, signed into law in 2012 as part of Ohio Senate Bill 316. The community, known as the SUMMIT COUNCIL FOR READING READINESS (SCRR), is being made possible by a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and will be a partnership among three entities: (1) The UA Center for Literacy; (2) the Summit Education Initiative and (3) Summit County school districts.
The purpose of the Council is to support policy change in Ohio and excellence in teaching through a cycle of professional development, action research, and dissemination for pre-K through grade 3 educators to address the needs of early reading.
Spring 2014 Events
The iPad Symposium is an intense one-day series of hands-on workshops designed to inspire and equip educators to facilitate student digital learning projects using iPads. Participants should BYOI (bring your own iPad) to the symposium. The iPad Symposium is led and facilitated by the Center for Literacy in conjunction with the most talented educators & administrators in Ohio! Many of our presenters are Apple Distinguished Educators.
The Center for Literacy and Saint Joseph Academy in Cleveland, Ohio have partnered to bring you our first Chromebook Camp. This BYOD event will be full of fun and inspiration for educators, administrators and other educational professionals looking to leverage Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and the power of the cloud!
The Digital Text Initiative (DigiTXT) is a partnership between The University of Akron College of Education Center for Literacy, Coventry Local School District, Green Local School District and Tallmadge City School District. DigiTXT will serve to increase information and communication technology (ICT) usage among Summit County K-2 students, pre-service teachers, practicing teachers and administrators.
Learn more about DigiTXT by visiting our website.
The Center for Literacy
College of Education
The University of Akron
Zook Hall 1
Akron, OH 44325-4205
The Third Grade Reading Guarantee Law (ORC 3313.608) requires that all students are reading at grade level by the third grade. It also established new credentials that are required for any teacher providing the daily reading instruction for students affected by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. One option for acquiring a set of approved credentials will be a passing score on a rigorous test of principles of scientifically research-based reading instruction, Praxis 5203 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education with a qualifying score of 162.
The highly-qualified staff at the Center for Literacy can help prepare K-3 teachers for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee with an 8-week blended learning course. Our instructors have direct experience with classroom and online instruction and professional development.
Housed in The Center for Literacy, the Akron Center for E-Learning (AKCEL), designs, develops and builds online professional development courses and resources for literacy educators and parents. In school-based study groups, teachers work together to use online materials and attend face-to-face meetings as they learn research-based instructional strategies. Online professional development engages teachers in new and innovative ways and prepares them for greater success in the classroom, yielding long-term benefits.
DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Our online courses utilize a supportive learning design that makes it easy for educators to move through the content, focusing on what is most essential while accommodating teacher's busy schedules. For more information regarding design & development for your organization, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A partnership between The University of Akron College of Education, (UA) and Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. (ASCA), Akron Ready Steps (ARS) is a program that serves over 300 at risk children in five Head Start sites in high poverty communities in Akron, OH.
Program goals address
- high priority knowledge and skills preschoolers need to learn;
- high priority knowledge and skills teachers/teacher assistants need to teach;
- the design of high quality 21st century language and literacy-rich environments;
- active parent engagement; and
- mobilizing the community around strong preschool literacy education.
Learn more about Akron Ready Steps by visiting our website.
Bonyo, Bonyo by Vanita Oelschlager
Writer in Residence at the College of Education's Center for Literacy, Vanita Oelschlager, reads her book titled Bonyo, Bonyo.