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OXFORD, Miss. – The Lafayette County, Oxford and University of Mississippi community is among 27 places across the nation designated as an All-America City Finalist by the National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national organization dedicated to improving reading proficiency among low-income children.

The finalists were honored in June at the campaign's national awards ceremony in Denver. Also, 15 other cities were named All-American Cities, an honor that will be awarded again in 2020.

LOU's designation is the result of work from multiple local leaders within the LOU [...]

OXFORD, Miss. – Spoiler Alert: “This Book is Not About Dragons,” by Shelly Moore Thomas, is actually jam-packed with fire-breathing monsters. It's also the 2017 winner of the University of Mississippi's CELI Read Aloud Book Award.

Presented annually by the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction at the UM School of Education, the annual award honors books designed for children ages 3 to 10. Established in 2010, this is the seventh time the award has been given by CELI, a center that provides curriculum support and training for Mississippi reading teachers.

“‘This Book Is Not About Dragons' [...]

Jumpstart recruits college students from a variety of academic majors to teach language and literacy skills in pre-k classrooms. Photo by Nathan Latil- University Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – A new collaboration between the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi will expand Jumpstart, a national organization that helps children develop the language and literacy skills needed to excel in kindergarten.

This ongoing effort to expand Jumpstart statewide is led by UM's Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction. Last fall, the university announced a similar partnership when CELI staff helped expand Jumpstart into the Columbus area by partnering with Mississippi University for Women.

“We have a goal of having a Jumpstart presence at all IHL campuses statewide,” said Angela Rutherford, [...]

 

National nonprofit to recruit Mississippi communities for reading program- Hechinger Report Dec. 2016

OUR OPINION: Energize state effort for grade-level reading – Daily Journal Dec. 2016

Prohibiting Social Promotion- Clarion Ledger Dec. 2016

Looking at illiteracy- Clarion Ledger Dec. 2016

Mississippi raises the bar students have to meet to pass third grade – The Hechinger Report Nov. 2016

Third-grade Reading Campaign Expanding with Low-income Outreach- Jackson Free Press Nov. 2016

City of Oxford, Lafayette County could help guide reading initiative – Daily Journal Nov. 2016

National child literacy program comes to Columbus – The Dispatch Dec. 2015

State’s 2nd Jumpstart: Mississippi University for Women- Washington Times Nov. 2015

MUW to create Jumpstart chapter – Daily Journal Nov. 2015

W, Ole Miss Jumpstart partnership helps children develop language, literacy skills

UM Literacy Center Takes Lead Role in Jumpstart Program- Ole Miss News Mar. 2015