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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 8, 2021 Genevieve Arcovio & Rhonda Precourt, Literacy for All 2021 Speakers

Accountability for Independent Reading In-Person or From a Distance

Whether we are teaching in person or from a distance, the following are suggestions that will allow you to partake in genuine meaningful conversations about books and learn more about your students as readers.

September 29, 2021 Melissa Stewart, Literacy for All Conference 2021 Speaker

Tips & Tools for Nonfiction Read Alouds

When it comes to nonfiction read alouds, there’s no rule that says you have to read every single word!

September 22, 2021 Mark Weakland, Literacy for All 2021 Speaker

Extra! Extra! Repeated Reading Builds Fluency

Repeated Reading is the specific (and thus capitalized) routine pioneered by researcher Jay Samuels.