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Cindy Downend

Assistant Director, Literacy Programs

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

I love to teach! It is so rewarding to see how our work with educators can be so empowering and transformative. When you think in new ways about literacy teaching and learning, you change your practice to improve the school experiences of children.

What I believe in

The power of literacy to improve, enrich, and change people’s lives.

Previous work highlights

Many years as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, and literacy coach in Michigan, Germany, Minnesota, and Florida.

Favorite book

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Fun fact

Many years ago I was smuggled across an international border to go snow-skiing!

Education

MA, Elementary Education, Western Michigan University
EdS, Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University

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Featured Blog Posts

October 7, 2020 Genevieve Arcovio & Rhonda Precourt, Literacy for All 2020 Speakers

Accountability for Independent Reading In-Person or From a Distance

September 21, 2020 Next month we're hosting the 31st Annual Literacy for All Virtual Conference, October 25-27 (Live + OnDemand).

Video: Debra’s Story—What does literacy mean to me?

September 17, 2020 Stephanie Affinito, Literacy Teacher Educator, Literacy Coach, Author, Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning, University of Albany, NY

A New Kind of Virtual Coaching Cycle