Oct 30 , 2013
SLC Director Karen Capo SLC Director Karen Capo
Photo by Mary Wemple

Just more than a year ago, School Literacy and Culture joined us as part of the Continuing Studies family, but the program is actually celebrating its 25th year this month. On October 17, we hosted the program’s 25th anniversary celebration in the Grand Hall.

In conjunction with SLC’s anniversary, the program was awarded a $1.5 million grant from Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company. SLC and Phillips 66 are partnering to solve the problem of illiteracy among youths in the Houston area by developing the Early Literacy Leadership Academy. This new center for expert teaching will help teachers gain expertise as innovators who promote higher-order thinking skills, second-language learning and relationships that impact children’s self-regulation and autonomy.

SLC 25th Anniversary Kristi DesJarlais, Manager of Corporate Brand and Community Investments, Phillips 66 and Karen Capo
Photo by Mary Wemple

The Early Literacy Leadership Academy will consist of 40 teachers identified through an intensive application and interview process. Teachers selected will participate in two-and-a-half years of intensive classroom and seminar-based education and leadership training designed to help them become innovative thinkers, learners and leaders on their own campuses and within the Greater Houston community.

We are thrilled that School Literacy and Culture is part of the Glasscock School and congratulate them on two fronts: for 25 years of excellence in promoting literacy as well as for receiving the $1.5 grant, which is a great way to kick off the next 25 years.

Visit literacy.rice.edu for more information on School Literacy and Culture and watch the video below to see a prime example of SLC in our community.

Bret Newcomb

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