Associate Professor Katie Paciga Presents at the ILA, Wins Grant from 100Kin10, and Publishes Research on Literacy

This summer, Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Associate Professor Katie Paciga presented at the International Literacy Association’s annual convention. The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global organization that works with scholars and researchers to set measures for how literacy is defined, taught, and evaluated. With over 300,000 members, the ILA works to support educators, advocate for students, and provide resources to instructors that makes literacy accessible to all students. Paciga, along with other academics, was a panelist for the special interest group session “’Anyone Can Steer the Ship, But it Takes a Leader to Chart the Course’: Identifying the Support Pre-K Teachers and Children REALLY Need.” The session focused on the need for teachers providing high-quality instruction that prepares young students for long-term success.

Paciga was also awarded $3,000 through the Grand Challenges initiative through 100Kin10, an organization that “unites the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage.”

Paciga also co-authored the chapter “Starting Them Young” which was published in Pivotal Research in Early Literacy: Foundational Studies and Current Practices. The research works to understand, “how the shift from reading readiness to emergent literacy has influenced preschool literacy education.”