Only at Charlotte: Leading in literacy

In North Carolina, UNC Charlotte stands alone in training teachers in literacy instruction.

The Challenge

Across the country, literacy rates for students in grades K-12 are lower than they should be. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, only around one-third of fourth grade students are proficient in reading.

The Solution

At UNC Charlotte, faculty from the Cato College of Education focus on the fundamentals as they apply new evidence-based understandings to how we train future educators to teach literacy.

Here’s how:

  • Our faculty members are national leaders in literacy theory and bring their expertise to their classrooms.
  • We focus on proven approaches to teacher preparation: course syllabi and schedules, assignments, assessments, online modules, video observations of course instruction and instructor interviews.
  • Resources for continuous learning are available through interdepartmental collaboration, the Teacher Education Institute and the UNC System Literacy Initiatives and state-level leadership, and more.

The Outcome

A recent independent report commissioned by the North Carolina Board of Governors rated UNC Charlotte’s Cato College of Education as “Strong” in training teachers in literacy instruction – the only public university in the state to earn that recognition.

We see the path forward, and we’re committed to leading the way.

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