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Spring 2009

Fall 2008

  • The New Literacies Research Team was interviewed by the National Council of Teachers of English about their thoughts on 21st century literacies. The interview, "The C's of Change", is available at the NCTE website.
  • Donald Leu was interviewed about Literacy and Online Reading on the Illinois National Public Radio. A podcast of the interview is available for those who would like to listen.

Summer 2008

Spring 2008

  • Don Leu received the Friday Medal from North Carolina State University on April 17, 2008. The Friday Medal honors significant, distinguished, and enduring contributions to education through advocating innovation, advancing education and imparting inspiration. It is named after Bill Friday, the former President of North Carolina State University (1956-1986). The award is presented through the Friday Institute, a pioneering institute in educational innovation and school leadership.
  • Don Leu and Julie Coiro delivered the Robert and Augusta Finkelstein Memorial Lecture at the University of Rhode Island on April 9, 2008. In 1973, the University established the Robert Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series in honor of the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted Rhode Island industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. The lecture series, founded by the generosity of Augusta Finkelstein in memory of her husband, was renamed in her honor following her death in 1997.

Fall 2007


Spring 2007

  • Donald J. Leu, the John and Maria Neag Chair in Literacy and Technology at the Neag School of Education, has been elected to the International Reading Association (IRA) Board of Directors. His three-year term begins in May 2007. The IRA is the largest organization representing reading researchers and educators in the U.S. and internationally.
    Click here for the announcement PDF.
  • Don Leu was also elected to the International Reading Association’s Reading Hall of Fame.


Fall 2006

  • Doug Hartman was selected as Editor of the Journal of Literacy Research, a premier journal of literacy and reading research.
  • The New Literacies Research Team was featured in the UConn ADVANCE. Available at:
  • The New Literacies Research Team was featured in the article "Fifteen Stories of Achievement" in the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. 2006 Annual Report.
    Click here for the PDF.


Summer 2006

  • A New Literacies Institute was held on the UConn campus for invited teachers and school leaders associated with the Online Reading Comprehension Research grant (TICA).  All participants received laptops to use during the day in our wireless building.
  • An article appeared in the Hartford Courant about our Online Reading Comprehension Research grant (TICA).  You must now pay a fee to access it.
  • An article appeared in eschool news about our Online Reading Comprehension Research grant (TICA).  Available at:
    (Free registration required).
  • Athena Lentini was accepted as a summer intern for the Research and Development Division at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ. Her focus will be in the development of reading assessments.  Athena is a first year doctoral student in the School Psychology program and a member of the New Literacies Research Team. 
  • Laurie A. Henry, doctoral candidate in Cognition & Instruction, has been accepted to the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme held at Oxford University in England.  This research program brings together students from around the world to study with leading academics in the field of Internet Studies.  It is a highly competitive program with only 25 doctoral students being admitted world wide.


Spring 2006

  • Jill Castek has been appointed to the editorial board for the Journal of Reading, Writing, and Literacy (UK).

  • Julie Coiro was first author on a handbook chapter entitled "Critically Evaluating Educational Technologies for Literacy Learning: Current trends and new paradigms".  Co-authors were Rachel Karchmer and Sharon Walpole. The chapter should appear in April, 2006 in The Handbook of Literacy and Technology, Second Edition, published by Erlbaum.
  • Jill Castek co-authored an article published in the April 2006 edition of the Reading Teacher, an International Reading Association publication.
    Reference: Castek, J. & Bevans, J. (2006). Reading adventures online:  Five ways to introduce the new literacies of the Internet through children’s literature. The Reading Teacher, 59, 714-728. 
  • Laurie Henry published a sole authorship article in the April 2006 edition of the Reading Teacher, an International Reading Association publication. Reference: Henry, L.A. (2006). SEARCHing for an answer: The critical role of new literacies while reading on the Internet. The Reading Teacher, 59, 614-627.

  • Don Leu recently completed a video for WGBH and the Annenberg Foundation, “The New Literacies of the Internet.” It is a part of a PBS series on reading instruction for professional development in grades 3-5.  The video will appear on PBS (WGBH) and on the Annenberg Channel sometime shortly.  It is available online now at:  http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/teachreading35/session5/index.html
  • Don Leu was recently appointed to the Editorial Review Board of the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.
  • Don Leu is an author of the new reading series for grades K-6 from Pearson – Scott Foresman, Reading Street.
  • Don Leu was mentioned in a UConn press release: http://www.uconn.edu/newsmedia/2006/March/rel06025.html

Winter 2006
Don Leu and Julie Corio are quoted in an article on Edutopia.com: "Tech Teaches - Once thought to corrode reading skills, computers are a key tool in improving them."


Fall 2005

  • A two-year, $100,000 research grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to the Neag School of Education will advance the study of integrating new methodologies for understanding reading comprehension on the Internet into secondary teacher education courses. The study team is led by Douglas K. Hartman, Donald J. Leu, Mark Olson, and Mary P. Truxaw, leading scholars in the study of integrating new Internet technologies into teacher preparation.


  • Julie Coiro recently published an article in the October, 2005 issue of Educational Leadership entitled Making Sense of Online Text.

New Literacies Team Member Makes History
For the first time in its history, a doctoral student rather than a professor has been chosen for the International Reading Association’s Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Support Award. The honor goes to Laurie Henry, EPSY doctoral student and New Literacies Team member.


Summer 2005
A three-year, $1.8 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Neag School of Education will advance the study of new methodologies for understanding reading comprehension on the Internet.  The study team is led by Donald Leu, professor of curriculum and instruction, who is a nationally prominent specialist in reading and Internet technologies.


Fall 2000
Donald Leu, an education professor at Syracuse University and a nationally prominent specialist in reading and Internet technologies, was hired to become the John and Maria Neag Chair in Literacy and Technology. The chair was made possible by the $21 million gift from UConn alumnus Ray Neag and is named in memory of his parents.


UConn Annual Report 2000-2001
Donald Leu believes "the Internet is fundamentally redefining what it means to become literate" and wants to make teachers more proficient in using it to build literacy skills.


UConn Annual Report 1999-2000
UConn recruited innovator and prominent reading expert Donald Leu to fill an endowed chair in literacy.  Leu expects to study how new technologies, like the Internet, can change the way teachers and students work.


Endowed Faculty
During the past several years, Dr. Leu has completed a number of federally funded research grants from the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. 



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