About Literacy Education

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"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential."
-Kofi Annan

We believe:
Literacy is powerful, transformative and multimodal and we are committed to creating opportunities to think and investigate literacy teaching and learning.

About Literacy Education
The literacy program has been in existence at the University of Louisville since 1968. Faculty members in Literacy Education have a variety of research interests that focus on literacy as a social practice both in and out of school settings and relevant to literacy instruction, particularly, the opportunities and challenges of language and literacy teaching in urban settings. We all share a commitment to the conceptual framework of the College and its dedication to advocating for social and human equity (for more information see: http://louisville.edu/education/sjei/vision-philosophy).

The programs in Teaching and Learning offer an array of programs leading to Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education. In both the metropolitan schools and the surrounding rural schools, the College has strong collaborations including Signature Partnerships and Redesign Schools.

Our College Mission
Our mission in the College of Education and Human Development is to advance knowledge and understanding across our disciplines and constituencies and to develop educational leaders who will inform policy, improve practice, strengthen communities, and address pressing social concerns. We prepare students to be exemplary professional practitioners and scholars; to generate, use, and disseminate knowledge about teaching, learning, health promotion and disease prevention, and leadership in public and private sector organizations; and to collaborate with others to solve critical human problems in a diverse global community. We seek to continually improve the quality of life for all in our metropolitan community, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the nation.