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About the Literacy Research Center & Clinic

UW student reading to elementary students in the LRCC


The UW Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) serves as the epicenter for disseminating literacy knowledge and evidence-based practices in Wyoming, offering professional development for practicing teachers, a clinical setting for preparing pre-service teacher candidates, and cutting-edge research conducted by faculty and graduate students on literacy education. Statewide engagement is the thread that runs through all that we do.

View our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

The center’s vision focuses on statewide engagement as accomplished through:

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – The center provides programs, university programs, conferences, and educational opportunities to strengthen their capacity to teach literacy effectively to students of all ages and levels. LRCC provides practicum opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and partners with educational organizations across Wyoming— with more partnerships in the works—including school districts, statewide educational organizations that support libraries, child development centers, and individual students, teachers, and schools.

  • FIELD-BASED RESEARCH – The center’s research emphasis employs a pragmatic field-based problem-solving approach to conducting and reporting research. Faculty and graduate students conduct research in the clinic, with school- and family-based partners throughout Wyoming, and in collaboration with other literacy researchers throughout the nation.

  • CLINICAL SERVICES – The center provides tutoring to struggling and developing students, their families, and their teachers both in-house and across the state using digital distance technology.


Growing the broad support needed to bring the LRCC to its launch has been a multi-year, multi-partner, multi-founder process. One key to the project’s success is the institutional commitment represented in the Center’s inclusion in the UW academic planning process. Becoming a university priority raised the LRCC’s visibility, especially with potential donors. Private funding, matched by state funds provided by the Wyoming Legislature, ultimately made the launch possible.

The work of the LRCC is guided by two groups—the LRCC Outreach Advisory Board and the LRCC Research Advisory Board. The Outreach Advisory Board is spearheaded by Wyoming’s First Lady, Carol Mead, who functions as the leading spokesperson for Wyoming’s statewide literacy initiatives. The LRCC Research Advisory Board is composed of nationally recognized literacy luminaries who promote, review, and recommend literacy research projects that are funded by LRCC grants.

Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead speaks at a podium
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Literacy Research Center and Clinic

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-3156


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