Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy

Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) is a model of school transformation that focuses on improved literacy learning for all children. Developed under the leadership of Dr. Linda Dorn, who directs the Center for Literacy at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, PCL has become one of the most successful models of school reform in the nation.

The PCL emphasizes several key points:

  • Continuous development of teacher expertise through ongoing intensive professional development;
  • Continuous collaboration between teachers, and between teachers and administrators;
  • A systems approach that integrates assessment, teaching, and learning across all grades and units within a school.
  • A powerful Response-To-Intervention (RTI) approach called the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM)
  • Literacy coaching as a key leadership position to guide, facilitate, monitor, and improve the school change process.

UNI's Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy has joined with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, the University of Maine, National Louis University, the University of Kentucky, and Georgia State University in becoming a PCL university training center. The Jacobson Center's first class of literacy coaches will begin their preparation in Summer 2012. Interested parties are encouraged to explore the information on linked pages and to apply for admission into the program. 

Contact information

Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy:
Phone: 319-273-2053
Fax: 319-273-2063 

Dr. Salli Forbes, Jacobson Center Director and Director of Reading Recovery Center
Phone: 319-273-6597