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's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) is undertaking a new and innovative, tuition-free program to better prepare classroom teachers to become master teachers and reading experts. Graduates of the program will earn a Certificate of Advanced Study with a concentration in Reading and Language Development (pending Connecticut State Department of Education approval).
The full-time program will prepare PreK to 3 teachers to become:
- Classroom experts in elementary literacy instruction
- Teacher leaders in the area of literacy
Those chosen to become a Fowler Literacy Fellow receive full tuition, a stipend, health insurance coverage, and a notebook computer. The program was made possible by a generous grant from the Anne E. Fowler Foundation and The Grossman Family Foundation.
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.