On May 1, 2014, Dr. Dianna Townsend was presented with the Celebrate Literacy Award from the Sierra Nevada Council of the International Reading Association. Recipients of this award are recognized for their significant contributions to teachers and students in promoting literacy, and Dr. Townsend's extensive work in academic language in area middle and high schools precipitated her nomination.
The UNR COE Online Literacy Master's Program was recently ranked No. 36 in the "Best Online Graduate Education Programs" by U.S. New & World Report.
Big News! Diane Barone won the International Reading Association Election and will serve as Vice President for one year beginning in 2014. The next year she will serve as President-Elect and then in the third year she will be President. Her work with IRA will take her to many places in the United States and around the World to talk about reading and supporting students as they learn to read.
Dr. Diane Barone talks about the importance of being a teacher in this article that was published in Schools.com. The article is titled, "College Prep- Dr. Diane Barone, UNR," and is made fantastic by Diane's insights.
The E.L. Cord Foundation Center for Learning and Literacy's very own Dr. Diane Barone was recently elected into the Reading Hall of Fame. We are all very excited for her. For more information regarding the Reading Hall of Fame visit their website at readinghalloffame.org.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Dr. Dianna Townsend is facilitating a year-long professional development course for high school teachers from Wooster and Hug High Schools. This course is part of the Striving Readers Grant and is titled “Active Academic Vocabulary Practice in Every Content Area.” Participating teachers will have the opportunity to build their students’ overall literacy skills, create and use research-based resources, build their Common Core expertise, collaborate with colleagues, and receive coaching and feedback on their practice.
The Regent Service Program awarded the Center for Learning and Literacy a Reading Buddies tutoring grant. Ten UNR undergraduate students are now tutoring forty elementary students at Kate Smith Elementary School.