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Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies

Your Transformative Literacy Center

Your Transformative Literacy Center

A humanized approach to literacy

A humanized Approach

A humanized Approach

Literacy Research

A humanized approach

A humanized approach

Literacy Development

A humanized Approach

A humanized Approach

Literacy Instruction

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Center for the Inquiry of Transformative Literacies

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249

UTSA Main Campus
Main Building, MB 2.210E

  T:   210-458-7288

Dr. Misty Sailors, Director

  T:   210-458-7288

Dr. Alicia Villarreal, Research Coordinator

  T:   210-458-2649


Welcome to the Center for Inquiry of Transformative Literacies

Improving literacy since 1999! 

“…These very professional educators have a wonderful manner of teaching young students in this extremely worthy program.” 

“The UTSA staff and tutors have sparked Nina’s hunger for learning and created a real interest in reading and sharing her stories.” 

“Noeh attended the second tutoring session and we’ve read a massive number of books this summer. He is reading so well and is more excited about reading than ever before – largely due to the UTSA tutoring.”

Services we offer

Professional Development Workshops: Through our research and work with schools across the City, region, and around the world, we have developed professional development workshops for teachers, intended to support them in improving their instruction. Our own research informs the work we do with teachers and campus literacy leaders in these workshops and is grounded in support for the State standards. You can select from the wide variety of workshops we offer or request one unique to meet your campus needs. Our Summer Invitational Workshops and Open Institutions are some of the most celebrated professional development opportunities in the City! Let us serve the needs of your writing teachers!

  1. Comprehension Instruction: The vast majority of our work centers on Figure 19 and helping readers be more metacognitive as readers. (PK-12)
  2. Word Work and Word Walls: Traditional phonics instruction is not supported by research. We center our work in learning spelling patterns on word work—decoding/encoding in the primary and elementary grades and morphology with older students. (PK-6)
  3. New Media Literacies: In this ever-expanding world of new literacies, technology can be used to not only motivate readers and writers, but to grow them. (PK-12)
  4. Literacy Assessment to Inform Teaching: Whether portfolios or running records, teachers need to know how to use authentic assessment to make informed decisions in their classroom. (PK-12)
  5. Exploring Non-Fiction Through Genre Study: Readers and writers of all ages need to know how to access informational text and how to create their own informational texts! (PK-12)
  6. Small Group Instruction: Be it guided reading, book clubs, or literature circles, the needs of students are best met in small group instruction. (PK-6)
  7. College Essay Preparation: Let us assist your teachers in preparing students to write winning college entrance essays. (9-12)
  8. Disciplinary Literacies: Reading and writing across and within the content areas is important in becoming a literate content expert. (1-12)
  9. Using Mentor Texts to Support Writers: Reading like a writer! Writing like a reader! Mentor texts are a great way to support the connection between reading and writing. (PK-12)
  10. Inquiry and Research: Largely ignored because it is not often tested, inquiry and research are important parts of building strong readers and writers. (PK-12)

Outreach Services: Tutoring Services at La Plaza de Lectura – We offer tutoring services for students, meeting their instructional needs in a safe and supportive environment. Summer Literacy Camps – We offer opportunities in the summer for young readers and writers to explore language and literacy experiences with each other and highly qualified literacy teachers.

Research Partnerships: Our research partnerships with local school districts are grounded in a shared vision to improve literacy instruction. As a result, we engage in “design research” partnerships—our partnerships are “place-based” and focused on informing both practice and research. Our studies are co-designed and collaborative at every step in the process.

School-Level Support: Classroom-Based Coaching Support – Recent research has indicated that professional development workshops by themselves may not be enough for teachers to change their practices. Teachers need classroom based literacy coaches to help them implement their new knowledge and practices. If your school/campus does not have literacy leaders to support your teachers, talk to us about UTSA literacy coaches and the work we can do to support your teachers in their classrooms as they learn to improve their practices. Our coaches are highly qualified literacy specialists (Reading Specialists and Teacher Consultants with the San Antonio Writing Project) who have years of experience leading literacy reform efforts.

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