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Welcome to the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy! Our center was established in November 2010 with a gift of $11 million. A native of Belmond, Iowa, Richard O. Jacobson was an outstanding supporter of the University of Northern Iowa, along with numerous other educational and civic programs and projects throughout Iowa.

Our Mission:

To promote comprehensive literacy of all learners by transforming literacy education through expanding preservice and inservice teachers’ literacy knowledge and instructional expertise in professional learning communities.

Our Goals:

The goals of the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy are to increase the number of students who are proficient in reading and writing and to close the achievement gap between diverse groups, while accelerating literacy learning for all students. These goals will be accomplished by addressing the following objectives:

  • Form collaborative partnerships with districts across the state for the development of effective literacy programs that impact student learning and progress.
  • Support professional development based on effective literacy instruction practices and current reading research.
  • Assist teachers to collaborate in planning to meet the instructional needs of all students.
  • Involve preservice teachers in authentic teaching and learning experiences in the school setting, including shared professional development opportunities with in-service teachers.