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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.  


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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.

DigiTXT will be featured by the Ohio Board of Regents during Digital Learning Day 2014

The Center for Literacy
College of Education
The University of Akron
Central Hower Community School 305
Akron, OH  44325-4205
(330) 972-8494

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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.

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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 workshop. Our instructors have direct experience with classroom and online instruction and professional development.


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Vanita Oelschlager, Writer in Residence at the College of Education's Center for Literacy, has recently released two new books. The Pullman Porter and Don't Dangle Your Participle. Both books are available on Amazon.

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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.