Our Program

Teachers of children birth to 8 have a tremendous impact on the language and literacy development of their students. Researchers have identified the early language and literacy abilities necessary to support young children in learning to read, and older students in reading to learn. But many teachers haven’t been given the training necessary for effective language and literacy instruction.

Professional development from the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy bridges what we know from the research with a teacher’s instruction in the classroom, giving them the tools they need to change children's lives by improving vocabulary, language and comprehension. Training teachers on how to use evidence-based strategies gives them the knowledge and skills necessary to set their students on a path to grade level reading, and success in school and in life. Rollins is particularly focused on reaching educators who work in low-income communities whose families have had generational lack of access to quality education and are at greatest risk for reading failure.

The Rollins Center synthesizes the research of the nation’s leading brain development and literacy experts, and collaborates with staff at the Atlanta Speech School, to develop training on how to build children’s language skills, vocabulary and comprehension. By translating cutting edge research into real world solutions, Rollins helps teachers put children on a path to learn to read and then read to learn. Our proven results demonstrate substantial growth in student achievement and teacher performance.
 
Our training can also incorporate strategies for working with English Language Learners, bringing content expertise in the area of cultural competence and support to dual language learners and their families.
 
We offer free online training and eCoaching through our Cox Campus portal, and onsite coaching for schools that want more extensive support.

 
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