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The Department of Reading and language Arts is committed to promoting and enhancing quality instruction in reading and language arts. PREPARING LITERACY LEADERS FOR SERVICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES is the overarching mission of the Department of Reading and Language Arts and is consistent with and closely aligned to the theme of PREPARING LEADERS FOR SERVICE IN OUR COMMUNITIES embraced by the School of Education and Professional Studies. The underlying principles of our mission are derived from our professional standards as defined by the International Reading Association and NCTE, and by state mandates such as the Blueprint for Reading Achievement and the Language Arts Framework.


Our MISSION is to provide leadership within the Region by:



preparing knowledgeable and competent reading specialists/literacy coaches who meet the CT state standards for advanced certifications in reading and language arts and the IRA standards or reading professionals;



preparing literacy professionals who can provide leadership through modeling and mentoring to ensure that classroom teachers and other staff support acquire a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to facilitate their reading and writing instruction;



preparing literacy professionals who are knowledgeable with various assessments appropriate for a wide range of diversity in classroom, including technologically-based assessments and to be able to mentor and support classroom teachers and other professionals in the selection, administration, and interpretation of assessments to enhance student learning, and to communicate results to education stakeholders;



preparing literacy professionals who can support and mentor classroom teachers and other professionals in creating a literate environment to facilitate successful reading and writing for all children; and



preparing literacy professionals who continue to be lifelong learners and scholars through readings, research and professional development, and leaders in planning and implementing professional development programs for teachers and other professionals, as well as in advocating to advance professional research base to expand knowledge-based practices; and



preparing classroom teachers to have a strong expertise in literacy and apply this effectively in classroom; as well as share collegially with their peers in a professional development capacity; and



serving members of the educational community and related professions within the School of Education and Professional Studies, at the university level, across the state of Connecticut, within the region, and at the national level.


The underlying principles guiding our mission are:

Primacy of literacy and preparing teachers to teach for our literacy futures. We need to prepare teachers who can prepare their students to meet literacy challenges in an information age.

Developing knowledgeable literacy teachers. Investment in time and energy to develop knowledgeable literacy teachers takes precedence over the use of scripted programs, particular approaches and materials.

Valuing diversity and diverse learners with literacy as a tool for empowerment. We need literacy teachers who value diversity and make decisions taking into account diverse learning styles, and the cultural, linguistic, and social and developmental needs and strengths of the diverse range of students served in our classrooms.

Research based literacy instruction. Teaching should be derived from research based practice. We need to develop teachers who take a reflective stance in their work and use student learning outcomes to inform and refine their teaching to better serve their students.

Ethical stance. Assessment should be purposeful to inform teaching and learning; not as a punitive practice.

Professionalism/Collegiality/Leadership. Reading and language arts professionals need to work with and support one another as a community of learners and practitioners.




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