Positive Impact at the Junction of Research, Policy & Partnership

Fairfield University, in partnership with the Anne E. Fowler Foundation, announces the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship, an initiative to significantly raise literacy levels among low-performing elementary school populations. The fellowship program carries on Anne E. Fowler’s and Literacy How’s long-held vision to empower teaching excellence so that every child learns to read by third grade.  It is funded, in part, through the generosity of the Grossman Family Foundation and the Anne E. Fowler Foundation. Fairfield University was chosen to partner in this important work because of their very high standards for teacher training, and their existing commitment to literacy training and teacher mentorship in neighboring communities.

The fellowship continues the work of the Early Reading Success Initiative begun by Anne E. Fowler, Ph.D. at Haskins Laboratories in 2000, and carried on by Margie Gillis and her team through Mastering Reading Instruction, Haskins Literacy Initiative, and the establishment of Literacy How, Inc. in 2009.

All proceeds from Literacy How, Inc. fund the Anne E. Fowler Foundation, which provides fellowships for the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellows Program at Fairfield University.


Learn and Apply Evidence-based Practices that Support All Students’ Reading Achievement

The fellowship is specifically designed to help improve literacy rates among underachieving students in Connecticut. Offered annually, this highly competitive opportunity will prepare certified teachers to become classroom experts in scientific research-based core and intervention literacy instruction, teacher leaders in the area of literacy assessment and intervention, literacy intervention specialists, and mentor reading and language arts teachers. The fellowship will provide teachers with coursework and field practica leading to:

  • #102 Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts Certification (24 Credits)
  • MA in Remedial Reading and Remedial Langauge Arts with #102 Certification Option (30 Credits)
  • Sixth Year Certificate in Remedial Reading and Remedial Language Arts with #102 Certification Option (36 Credits)

Coursework is aligned with International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and International Literacy Association (ILA) standards.  Fairfield University’s 6th Year Professional Certificate is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in extensive supervised fieldwork and practicum experiences that span Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 contexts. Courses address the Grades 1-12 continuum and consider the unique needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with dyslexia.

All Fellows receive:

Eligibility and How to Apply

Reading and Language Development Program candidates who work in an urban or priority school district are eligible to apply to the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship.

To learn more about the Anne E. Fowler Fellowship and current fellowship options, contact: Stephney Gonzalez, Fellowship Director, at sgonzalez@fairfield.edu.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission. To apply: visit https://www.fairfield.edu/graduate/admission/how-to-apply/.

Dr. Jule McCombes-Tolis, Director, can be reached at jmccombes-tolis@fairfield.edu.

The Origin of the Anne E. Fowler Fellowship

Dr. Anne E. Fowler, a renowned reading researcher at Haskins Laboratories, was a mentor to Margie Gillis, Ed.D, president and founder of Literacy How, Inc., and worked with her to ensure that the research that she and her colleagues conducted would be applied by teachers in their classrooms. Dr. Fowler dreamed of a teacher training program in Connecticut and after her untimely passing Dr. Gillis was determined to realize that dream on Dr. Fowler’s behalf.

The Anne E. Fowler Fellowship is guided by two core principles—accountability and transparency. We are accountable to our funders and other supporters who entrust us to do what’s best for Connecticut’s children. With one of the largest achievement gaps in the country, this formative program is dedicated to studying how to ensure that teachers are effective in their use of evidence-based practices.

books_iconRead the press release.  Read the CT Post article, “Stamford teacher learns about complexities of reading.”