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 Fellows Program, 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 program 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.

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

The program is specifically designed to help improve literacy rates among underachieving students in Connecticut. Offered annually, beginning in Fall 2015, this highly competitive program 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 program will provide teachers with coursework and field practica leading to a 6th Year Professional Certificate in Reading and Language Development. Coursework is aligned with International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and International Literacy Association (ILA) standards.  Fairfield University’s 6th Year Professional Certificate in Reading and Language Development is accredited by the International Dyslexia Association.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in extensive course-embedded 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.

Learn more about the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellows Program, Eligibility, and How to Apply

This opportunity is available to certified teachers with a Masters degree.  There are several Fellowship options available to interested candidates.  All options provide Fellows with a tuition stipend to cover 30 of 36 credits, membership (including journal benefits) to both the International Literacy Association and the International Dyslexia Association, a text book stipend, access to an annual Summer Reading Institute, and access to a Professional Development series delivered by Literacy How. Literacy Mentors are also provided by Literacy How, a Fellowship partner specializing in providing educators with comprehensive, research-based professional development, with a focus on PreK through grade 3.  Literacy How’s mentors are available to answer questions, give feedback, and problem solve.  They model lessons, co-teach, coach, and reflect.

Some fellowship options provide Fellows with a semester of year-long negotiated year of absence, a generous financial stipend, and a healthcare allowance.

Questions about the application process should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admission.  Phone:  203-254-4184 or email: gradadmis@fairfield.edu.

For more information about current Fellowship options, contact Dr. Jule McCombes-Tolis, Director, at jmccombes-tolis@fairfield.edu., or visit fairfield.edu/reading.

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