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20 years of life-changing literacy instruction

Photo by Ben Smidt

In 2009, the Baez family moved to Milwaukee from Puerto Rico. Not only was Wisconsin’s climate completely unfamiliar to them, but none of the family members spoke any English. As a second-grade student at Bruce Guadalupe Community School, Newton Baez attended the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center’s after-school tutoring program. Two semesters later, Newton’s English reading and writing skills improved exponentially, particularly his fluency. Today, he is thriving in school and still enjoys his tutoring sessions in the Hartman Center.

During the 2012–13 academic year, the Hartman Center is celebrating 20 years of teaching, service and research. Since its founding in 1992, it has Hartman Center founder and original director helped 2,000 Milwaukee children like Newton Lauren Leslie set the center’s work in motion. benefit from free, quality literacy instruction. At the same time, undergraduate teachers in training benefit from working with faculty members to review lesson plans and supervise tutoring sessions. Research examines factors that relate to growth in children’s reading abilities and the effectiveness of teacher training in literacy instruction. (Calley Hostad)

Want to be a part of the Hartman Literacy and Learning Center’s mission? A donation of $20 will purchase three T-shirts for children participating in the after-school tutoring program. Learn more about the work of the Hartman Center and donate online at

ATTEND MISSION RECOGNITION 2013 The College of Education cordially invites you to mark your calendars for our second annual Mission Recognition Event, which will be held Tuesday, April 23 in the Henke Lounge and Lunda Room of the Alumni Memorial Union. The event honors individuals and groups from within and outside the Marquette community who have made a significant contribution toward advancing the social justice mission of the college.

COMMON CORE IS FOCUS OF 2013 THOMPSON LECTURE Peter McWalters, former president of the Council of Chief State School Officers and Rhode Island commissioner of elementary and secondary education, will deliver the 2013 Tommy J. Thompson Lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in the AMU ballrooms. In his address, McWalters will highlight the potential positive impact of common core implementation on teacher preparation and instructional effectiveness. This lecture is open to the public. Please respond to Amy Porter at

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: SEEING THE DIFFERENCE IN OTHERS Do you know an alumnus/a who, through personal or professional achievements, truly embodies the mission of Marquette? Please nominate him or her for an Alumni National Award. Nominations received this year will be considered for an award in 2014. Visit to view the awards criteria and access the online nomination form. And save the date: The College of Education Alumni Awards will be held on Thursday, April 25.

Education Magazine  

Education 2013 Magazine

Education Magazine  

Education 2013 Magazine