The Center for Literacy engages in many short-term partnerships, projects, and programs. Some of these efforts are completed and come to an end, and others develop into longer term commitments. Some current short-term efforts include:
The Chicago Teacher Preparation Pipeline (CTPP) is a multi-university project supported by the U.S. Department of Education. UIC, together with Loyola University, National-Louis University, and Northeastern Illinois University, are rethinking their preservice elementary teacher preparation programs. In conjunction with teachers from the Chicago Public Schools, they are rethinking and standardizing these programs across the universities. The Center for Literacy is helping to redesign the reading preparation courses and helping to ensure that each university has a way for their students to earn Illinois endorsements in the teaching of literacy.
Youngballymun is a social services and educational agency in the housing projects of the Ballymun neighborhood of Dublin, Ireland. The UIC Center for Literacy is providing assistance to this agency to better serve the literacy needs of urban students by helping to improve professional development for teachers.
Barnardo’s is a social service agency focusing specifically on children and young people whose well-being is under threat in Belfast, Ireland. The Center for Literacy is working with them on providing high quality family literacy services in urban neighborhoods.
The Center for Literacy has been assisting the Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association in the development of their Common Core State Standards Initiative (http://www.corestandards.org/). The idea is to develop English language arts learning standards that will be common to 48 U.S. states. This will allow for more effective efforts to improve literacy, since almost all states will have the same learning goals. The Center has provided assistance in the development of reading standards for social studies and science reading.