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Courtney Varner Lorden

Literacy Trainer

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

I enjoy working with educators from wide ranges of schools and districts.

What I believe in

I believe that every child has the capability of becoming a reader. It’s our role as educators to reflect, refine and grow our knowledge and practice to ensure all students become independent readers.

Previous work highlights

Reading Recovery Teacher

Favorite book

Too many to list!

Fun fact

Love Yoga and my pup Leona.


BS. in Economics from University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Masters of Elementary Education from George Mason 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.