The Center is an interdisciplinary research and service unit in the College of Education. Through a diverse array of programs, in collaboration with campus, schools and community partners, the Center supports the literacy development of all residents of Illinois through teaching and learning, scholarship and service projects.
The foremost purpose of Center for Reading and Literacy is to improve the reading and literacy achievement of all citizens by providing support to relevant state agencies, regional offices of education, employers, community groups and local school districts in isolating and implementing research-grounded best practices.
Our vision is for a society that celebrates the multi literacies of all citizens while providing access to the literate practices that enable meaningful participation in schools, workplaces, homes and other aspects of life.
The Center has four primary goals:
Provide services to policymakers in the areas of reading and literacy
Provide services to the state of Illinois in the areas of reading and literacy
Provide services to professional educators in the areas of reading and literacy
Support research among university faculty, university students, and members of the wider research community which will broaden understandings of reading, literacy, and literacy education