Literacy News

Dianna Townsend

Dr. Dianna Townsend was recently appointed to serve on the NAEP Reading Standing Committee for a four-year term. NAEP, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is the "gold standard" of educational testing in the U.S. The "Nation's Report Card" ( is based on NAEP, and NAEP is overseen by the National Center for Education Statistics of the US Department of Education. The Reading Standing Committee reviews all assessment content that is being developed for future reading assessments. Dr. Townsend was honored to be asked to serve on this committee and is very much looking forward to this important, national service.

Diane Barone

New President of the International Literacy Association

Diane Barone, a foundation professor of literacy studies and the director for professional specialized studies at the University of Nevada, served as the IRA Vice-President from 2014-2015 and IRA President from July 2015-July 2016. Diane won the John Chorlton Manning Award for Public School Service in 2010 from IRA and the Albert Kingston Award in 2009 from LRA. She was inducted into The Reading Hall of Fame in 2014. She served on the IRA Board from 2005-2008.

Reading Buddies

Girl ReadingReading Buddies Tutoring Program was recently highlighted in Nevada Silver and Blue Magazine Winter 2015 Issue. To read the article, click here or you can visit Nevada Silver and Blue Website at

Dianna Townsend

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.

Dr. Diane BaroneBig 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  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

Dr. Dianna Townsend

Dr. Dianna Townsend

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.