Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship


Dr. Anne E Fowler

Named in honor of Haskins Laboratories reading researcher, Dr. Anne E. Fowler, whose life's work was to translate reading research into effective classroom practice.

"There is no more important job than teaching a child to read," said Margie Gillis, Ed.D., president and founder of Literacy How, Inc. "I have worked with Connecticut's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus to support the implementation of some of the best reading legislation in the country. I believe that the program's approach to teacher preparation is what is needed to close our reading achievement gap. It will provide essential knowledge about how literacy develops as well as guidance in translating research into effective classroom practice - Anne E. Fowler's and Literacy How's long-held vision for empowering teaching excellence so that every child learns to read by grade three. The curriculum will teach the most current research and will include a research agenda to guide necessary changes each year. All data will be transparent so that we are held accountable for the results. We are honored that so many equally committed partners have joined together to offer evidence-based educator preparation."

The Origin of the Anne E. Fowler Fellowship Program

Dr. Anne E. Fowler, a renowned reading researcher at Haskins Laboratories, was a mentor to Margie Gillis, EdD, president and founder of Literacy How, Inc., and worked with her to ensure that the research that she and her colleagues conducted would be applied by teachers in their classrooms. Dr. Fowler dreamed of a teacher training program in Connecticut and after her untimely passing Dr. Gillis was determined to realize that dream on Dr. Fowler’s behalf. 

All proceeds from Literacy How, Inc. fund the Anne E. Fowler Foundation, which provides scholarships for the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellows program. The Anne E. Fowler Fellowship is guided by two core principles – accountability and transparency. We are accountable to our funders and other supporters who entrust us to do what’s best for Connecticut’s children. With one of the largest achievement gaps in the country, this formative program is dedicated to studying how to ensure that teachers are effective in their use of evidence-based practices. 

A Unique Fellowship Opportunity

Candidates working in an urban or priority school district, or who are willing to accept a position in an urban or priority school district, are eligible to apply to the Anne E. Fowler Literacy Fellowship.

The Fellowship is designed to offer Fellows extensive opportunities and support to deepen their understanding of comprehensive literacy instruction as they apply their knowledge in increasingly intensive settings — that is, the general education classroom, focused reading intervention and supplemental reading support, and intensive instruction for students with identified reading difficulties/disabilities.

Through the Anne E. Fowler Fellowship program, candidates are eligible to receive a negotiated leave of absence from their district teaching responsibilities in order to engage in a supervised supplemental practicum experience in a partner classroom with the support of a Literacy How Mentor. Mentors are provided by Literacy How, a Fellowship partner specializing in providing educators with comprehensive, research-based professional development. Literacy How’s mentors are available to answer questions, give feedback, and problem solve. They model lessons, co-teach, coach, and reflect. More information about Literacy How can be found at

In addition, Fellows receive a generous tuition stipend and other benefits designed to improve their teaching practice (e.g. professional membership with the International Literacy Association; professional membership with the International Dyslexia Association; access to specialized professional development workshops and institutes).

Partner schools have strong SRBI infrastructures that permit Fellows to learn how to develop, implement, manage, and evaluate a comprehensive school-wide reading model. Fellows participate in the school’s comprehensive literacy program, including core, intervention, and remediation literacy blocks; data team meetings; grade level planning activities; and parent conferences and outreach initiatives.

The Fellowship program includes a research partnership with Fellows’ districts, who agree to provide the program with access to Fellows’ student reading achievement benchmark data (and comparative classroom data) for three years after completing the program.

For more information about the Anne E. Fowler Fellowship, please contact Stephney Gonzalez, Fellowship Director.

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