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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

February 26, 2021 Irene Fountas, Director

Learning to Read is Complex: No Reading Program is an Alternative to Teacher Expertise

January 8, 2021 Center News

Our Top Posts from 2020

December 18, 2020 Center News

$3 Million Gift Endows Dr. Gay Su Pinnell Fund for Reading Recovery®