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History of the Jacobson Center

Richard O. Jacaobson

The Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy was established in November 2010 with a gift of $11 million. In the first years of the Center, under the direction of Salli Forbes, Ph.D., the focus was on preparing Reading Recovery teacher leaders through the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa, and the preparation of classroom and intervention literacy coaches in the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model working in concert with Reading Recovery. We applaud Dr. Forbes’ efforts in working with teachers and districts across the state in developing Reading Recovery leaders and Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy schools.

With the retirement of Dr. Forbes as director, Deborah Tidwell, Ph.D., served as interim Center director for the 2019-2020 academic year. While no longer working with Reading Recovery, the Center will maintain its focus on comprehensive literacy, supporting and sustaining educators and districts in comprehensive approaches toward literacy teaching and learning. Lori Norton-Meier, Ph.D., began serving as the director of the Center in August 2020.