Funded by an endowment from Des Moines businessman, Richard O. Jacobson, UNI’s Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy works with Iowa schools to improve literacy for Iowa students.
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.
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:
- Provide professional development based on effective literacy instruction practices and current reading research.
- Provide ongoing support through coaching.
- Assist teachers to collaborate in planning to meet the instructional needs of all students and to monitor students’ progress.
- Involve preservice teachers in authentic teaching and learning experiences in the school setting, including shared professional development opportunities with inservice teachers.