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UNA to Host Inaugural Alabama Higher Education Science of Reading Symposium

Jan. 26, 2023

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – On Friday, Jan. 27, the University of North Alabama will host the inaugural Alabama Higher Education Science of Reading Symposium that is designed to bring together faculty from across Alabama to share research, best practices, and ideas for supporting the science of reading with preservice and inservice teachers. 

“Alabama children deserve the very best we can give them, and that starts with a highly-effective teacher who understands the complexities of teaching students to read,” said Dr. Katie Kinney, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. “The faculty in the Educator Preparation Program at the University of North Alabama are experts in the Science of Reading and in how to prepare effective teachers for today’s classrooms, and they are willing to share that expertise with others. We believe there is power in bringing faculty from across the state to collaborate to continuously improve our practice, prepare highly effective teachers, and work to move our State forward.” 

The symposium, which is hosted through the COEHS, is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the Guillot University Center on the UNA campus. Sessions will include powerful partnerships that foster support in the science of reading for elementary, early childhood, and special education teachers; lesson planning, literacy, and preservice teachers; and building the bridge to practice. 

Participants will hear from a variety of presenters, including those from UNA as well as from the University of South Alabama, the University of Mobile, and the University of Alabama. Preservice and local teachers are also among those sharing their research with attendees.

About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering credential, certificate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs in the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. The first-choice University for more than 10,000 on-campus and online students, UNA is on a bucolic campus in Florence, Alabama, part of the historic and vibrant Shoals region. Lions Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/