This yearlong program utilizes a combination of monthly seminars at Rice University and ongoing classroom-based mentoring to provide teachers of 2nd to 5th grade a “deep dive” into best practices in literacy education for 21st century learners. How should educators address today’s demand for successful test scores while ensuring that students also develop the higher-order creative thinking, reasoning skills and communication skills they will need in the society of the future? Participating teachers will draw upon educational pedagogy and current research in reading and writing instruction to investigate strategies for promoting lifelong readers, writers and thinkers.

This is an application- and interview-based program.

Program Details

A sampling of seminar topics:

  • Choosing what is good to read and what’s not - the good, the better, the best
  • Conducting effective literature circles
  • Managing reading journals - what, why and how?
  • Inspiring thinking by reading aloud to older elementary students
  • Crafting whole class discussions so no one gets left behind
  • Making the most of poetry - reading, writing and responding


Tuition is typically covered through campus-or district-based state or national funding, PTO support, participant payment, or individual donations. For more information, please contact slc@rice.edu.


Rice University believes in the importance of developing teacher leaders. Reading, Writing and Reasoning offers a limited number of merit based partial fellowships to highly qualified prospective students. Fellowship opportunities can be discussed during the interview stage of the application process.



Join us for a free, convenient information session featuring Rice University's Yearlong Programs for early childhood and elementary educators. Information sessions take place on-campus at the Anderson-Clarke Center.

Attendance at an information session is not required to apply for Reading, Writing and Reasoning.


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