Reading education expert Jerry Johns speaks at Concordia-Chicago celebration of NCATE accreditation

On Thurs., Feb. 16, reading expert Jerry Johns spoke on his perspectives on literacy education and the future of reading instruction.

He was the keynote speaker at an event celebrating the recent NCATE accreditation of Concordia-Chicago's master's program in reading.

The event took place at the Christopher Center at Concordia University Chicago at 6:30 p.m.

The event included a question and answer session, a book signing and a cocktail reception.

Dr. Thomas Jandris, dean of the College of Graduate and Innovative Studies and vice president of educational innovation also spoke at the event.

NCATE Accreditation

In 2011, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) conferred its prestigious “Continuing Accreditation of all Education Programs without condition” to Concordia University Chicago’s 18 education programs, including its master's program in reading.

Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by NCATE in 1962 and the respective colleges in which they are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.


Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) were available to educators for attending this lecture.

About Jerry Johns

Jerry L. Johns has been recognized as a distinguished teacher, writer, outstanding teacher educator, and popular professional development speaker for schools, school districts, and conferences. He completed his BA at Oakland University with special honors. He taught in the public schools in Pontiac, Mich., while working on his MA at Michigan State University.

Dr. Johns was awarded a fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at Michigan State University, and he served as an instructor, teaching various reading courses. He later served as a reading teacher for the Waterford, Michigan Public Schools. Dr. Johns had a long, distinguished career at Northern Illinois University and maintains a close connection with the Literacy Clinic. He was also visiting professor at Western Washington University and the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

Dr. Johns has been elected to leadership positions at the local, state, national, and international levels. He has been president of the International Reading Association, the Illinois Reading Council, and the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. He also served on the board of directors of the International Reading Association. In addition, Dr. Johns has served on numerous committees of the International Reading Association and other professional organizations.  His more than 700 presentations and professional development sessions involved travel throughout a majority of the states and 13 countries.

Dr. Johns has authored or coauthored nearly 300 articles, monographs, and research studies as well as numerous professional books published by Kendall Hunt:

Dr. Johns currently serves on the editorial advisory boards for Reading Psychology and the Illinois Reading Council Journal. He is also the Senior Reading Consultant for two levels of Vocabulary Workshop published by William H. Sadlier.

Dr. Johns has been the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to various professional and civic organizations.  The Illinois Reading Council honored him with induction into the Reading Hall of Fame.  Other recognitions include the Alpha Delta Literacy Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service to Adult Learners and the A.B. Herr Award for outstanding contributions to the field of reading.  He also received the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award presented by the International Reading Association, the Champion for Children Award presented by the HOSTS Corporation, and the Laureate Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers for life-long contributions to the field of reading. In 2011, Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore presented him with a literacy award.

Dr. Johns is frequently asked to serve as a professional development consultant and speaker to schools, school districts, Reading First conferences, and professional organizations. He also travels widely--most recently to Trinidad/Tobago, Vienna, Costa Rica, and France.  At home, he enjoys reading, walking, driving his sports car, and playing pinball.

About Concordia University Chicago

Founded as a teachers' education college in 1864, Concordia University Chicago today is a comprehensive liberal arts and graduate university with more than 5,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students. The university is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.

Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Graduate and Innovative Programs, Concordia offers more than 100 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. Degrees, endorsements and certification programs are offered on campus, in cohorts and online.

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