Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship

The State of Connecticut boasts some of the finest schools in the nation, yet just 20% of fourth grade children from disadvantaged backgrounds are reading at grade level.

Alarmingly, Connecticut ranks at the bottom of all states in the nation in closing the literacy achievement gap between privileged and disadvantaged children.

In an effort to address this gap and to promote social equity and increased social mobility, Fairfield University is undertaking a new and innovative program specifically designed for PreK to 3 teachers who work in underperforming, urban school districts and want to help their students close the considerable literacy achievement gap in Connecticut.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Anne E. Fowler Foundation and the Grossman Family Foundation, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) will introduce the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship leading to a Certificate of Advanced Study (6th year degree) in Reading and Language Development (pending Connecticut State Department of Education approval).

The program will prepare participants to become:

  • Classroom experts in elementary literacy instruction
  • Teacher leaders in the area of literacy
  • Mentors

Those chosen to become a Fowler Literacy Fellow receive:

  • full tuition
  • a stipend
  • health insurance coverage
  • a notebook computer

To be eligible for a prestigious Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship, candidates must have a minimum of three years' teaching experience in the elementary grades within a less-advantaged school system and have earned a Master's Degree.

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