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The University of Central Florida was honored with a significant major gift from the Morgridge Family Foundation to establish the Morgridge International Reading Center at the university's College of Education and Human Performance. The gift, made by John and Carrie Morgridge and the Morgridge Family Foundation, supported construction of the facility and the establishment of a professional learning environment that will be home to a collective international effort to enhance literacy acquisition and instruction PK-20.

The Morgridge International Reading Center is a dynamic complex for the free exchange of ideas and information to improve literacy acquisition and instruction. Our main goal is to advance literacy through communication, collaboration, learning, and research.

The Morgridge International Reading Center will be responsible for coordinating national and global efforts to enhance literacy acquisition and instruction. The Center will facilitate collaboration among authors, practitioner and research scholars, leading to the implementation of action-based programs formulated on evidence-based research, and focused on teaching all students to read well. Through research, the Center will establish linkage between theory and practice, creating a synergy that will unfold worldwide in school learning environments.

OUR GOALS

The Morgridge International Reading Center will:

  • Provide an open forum for the exchange of experiences and ideas at all educational levels
  • Facilitate professional learning opportunities
  • Act as a clearinghouse for information relating to disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction
  • Participate and encourage participation in international projects that focus on disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction
  • Investigate the adaptive challenges of technology in disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction
  • Assist in using emerging technology in disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction
  • Promote disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction among individuals respectful of culture, ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation and gender

The Morgridge International Reading Center core values of literacy, service, access, and research will undergrid all efforts to “bring people and ideas together” while learning, researching, communicating, and collaborating. The leadership of the Morgridge International Reading Center will reflect individually and collaboratively to improve literacy acquisition and instruction. Each event at the Morgridge International Reading Center will focus on communicating the importance of literacy acquisition and instruction. The Center’s website will function as a conduit to further the core values by disseminating information as well as housing archives for the Morgridge International Reading Center.

CORE VALUES

LITERACY
Disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction is the driving force behind all activities and materials at the Morgridge International Reading Center.  We define disciplinary literacy as the confluence of content knowledge, experiences, technology and skills combined with the proficiency to read, write, listen, speak, think critically and function in a manner that is meaningful within the context of a given field.

SERVICE
Providing professional learning opportunities at a local, national, and international level is critical to the function of the Morgridge International Reading Center.  Our explicit target is to support programs and events that improve disciplinary literacy acquisition and instruction for all learners from birth through adulthood.

ACCESS
Events at the Morgridge International Reading Center will be accessible to all respectful of culture, ethnicity, race, faith, sexual orientation and gender.  The Center's website will continue to evolve to enhance accessibility.

RESEARCH
In addition to promoting quantitative and qualitative research, the Morgridge International Reading Center will inform practitioner scholars and research scholars on theory and practice through presentations and publications.

FLaIR Faculty Fellows
In association with the Morgridge International Reading Center, the Florida Literacy and International Reading (FLaIR) Faculty Fellows is a cooperative effort among Florida state university professors with diverse expertise and focused on improving instruction.  As partners with the Morgridge International Reading Center, the FLaIR Faculty Fellows serve as a resource for teachers and students.  Well published and respected in education, each FLaIR Faculty Fellow (FFF) is dedicated to be a catalyst for research and a conduit for information to improve pre-K – 20 instruction at a state, national, and international level.  Presenting at state, national, and international conferences, individually and collectively, the FFF’s are nationally and internationally recognized scholars.

2011-2013 Morgridge International Reading Center Council
The 2011-2013 Morgridge International Reading Center Council consists of UCF College of Education and Human Performance faculty with expertise in various fields related to disciplinary literacy. Grounded in their areas of expertise, the Council guides the Center’s research and program development. The Council develops and maintains international, collaborative partnerships with the goal of communicating, collaborating, learning, and researching to improve literacy acquisition and instruction.

Collaborative Partnerships
The Morgridge International Reading Center is in partnership with faculty, universities, and organizations throughout the world with the goal of advancing disciplinary literacy through communication, collaboration, learning, and research.  View our collaborative partners.