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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

April 19, 2022 Summer 2022 Online Graduate Courses

Summer 2022: Online Graduate Courses

Make the most of your summer and take your career to the next level!

April 15, 2022 Irene Fountas, Center Director

Inquiry as a Stance for All Literacy Educators: Teaching Reading Like a Scientist

Take the stance of a scientist and notice, respond and refine your instruction through systematic observation based on evidence.

March 24, 2022 Center News

Summer 2022: Professional Development for Literacy Educators and School Leaders

Make the most of your summer! Check out these literacy professional development opportunities.