The University of Akron
The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education
Zook Hall 327
Akron, OH  44325-4205
(330) 972-8494

Dr. Lisa Lenhart, Director

The Center for Literacy is a multidisciplinary team of educators and scholars who serve the community by promoting teaching, learning and professional development around traditional and new literacies.

Meet the Staff

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The Center for Literacy, in partnership with Summit Educational Initiative (SEI), formed the Third Grade Reading Action Team (TGRAT) in 2014. The Third Grade Reading Action Team targets one of SEI’s Key Transition Points in their Cradle to Career Initiative.

The Third Grade Reading Action Team was formed to bring together the expertise and energies of local partners to help teachers investigate and implement research based instruction to address the needs of early reading based on data provided by Summit Educational Initiative.

The goals of the work of the Third Grade Reading Action Team are as follows:

  • Connect teachers with best practices in literacy instruction
  • Increase teacher capacity to assess, diagnose and support student literacy skills
  • Improve student reading skills and decrease the number of students in need of Reading Improvement Monitoring Plan (RIMP) supports
  • Engage families to support literacy development in partnership with schools

The work of the Third Grade Reading Action Team is made possible in part by generous donations from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the GAR Foundation and the Akron Community Foundation.

Literacy CoachingOur Literacy Coaching Model

The University of Akron’s Center for Literacy provides literacy coaching support as a contracted service to interested school districts throughout northeast Ohio. There are several benefits to literacy coaching in schools. In a literacy coaching model, experts provide classroom teachers and reading support specialists with resources, professional development and guidance to meet the diverse needs of students. 

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Parent Engagement Program

mother and child readingThe Center for Literacy developed and piloted a parent engagement program for kindergartners in the Twinsburg City School District in during winter and spring of 2016 with support from Summit Education Initiative. The goal of the parent engagement program was to increase parent awareness and support of student literacy development and reduce the number of children in need of a Reading Improvement Plan (RIMP) across Summit County.  Read more

This City Reads!

This City ReadsThe Summit Education Initiative (SEI), The University of Akron Center for Literacy, Akron-Summit County Public Library, BrightStar Books, and the Akron Beacon Journal are proud to be leaders of our community's literacy effort - This City Reads!

Our goal is to increase community-wide literacy awareness and engagement. Through the leadership of SEI and partners, we will engage members of our community to join an effort to increase literacy rates of our students and adults throughout Summit County.

Learn more on our website