The Center for Literacy

Concordia University Chicago Center for Literacy, adult and youth reading education

The Center for Literacy at Concordia University Chicago provides a space to engage in meaningful, innovative and instructive community-based literacy practices for youth and adults by connecting students and faculty with the greater Chicago-area community.

The Center for Literacy addresses the persistent achievement gap in literacy and helps work toward educational equity. Sometimes referred to as a reading clinic, the center contributes to this goal by developing innovative and meaningful literacy instruction in four specific ways:

  • Youth: Provides rich, authentic literacy experiences for students in grades K-12
  • Adults: Offers innovative adult outreach and instruction
  • English Language Learners: Develops English as a second language (ESL) programs designed to disseminate youth and adult literacy skills to English language learners
  • Research and Best Practices: Acts as a resource for Concordia-Chicago students and faculty to engage in meaningful and authentic research and development of best practices, especially for students of the master of arts in reading education and the doctoral program in reading, language and literacy 


Serving and leading through innovative, relevant literacy programs, research and scholarship.


Concordia University Chicago's (CUC) Center for Literacy creates access to meaningful and innovative language and literacy-related experiences in research, education, practice, service, and scholarship. The Center fosters responsive collaborations, policy efforts, and advocacy programs for the greater community and university addressing language and literacy development.

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