Education prof and literacy specialist named College Reading and Learning Association president-elect

Proficient readers, writers, speakers and listeners are more likely to succeed as future teachers, says Wolf

Published Apr. 16, 2009

Ann Wolf, associate professor of education in Lynn’s Ross College of Education and literacy specialist, was recently named president-elect for the College of Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). “CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college/adult level,” said Wolf.

As president, Wolf will preside over a group of more than 1,000 CRLA members throughout the United States and Canada for a three-year term. In 2010 she will serve as chair for the organization’s annual conference in Salt Lake City. “The overall purpose of CRLA is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods and information to improve student learning,” said Wolf.

Wolf is an expert in teacher education and literacy. “I research ways to help students be successful readers, writers, speakers and listeners,” said Wolf. “Students who are proficient in these areas are more likely to succeed as future teachers. One of CRLA’s special interest groups is college reading. This is where my interest in literacy and my presidency are truly tied together.”

Source: Ann Wolf, an associate professor and the practicum coordinator in Lynn’s Ross College of Education, is a proponent of multicultural literatures and a reading specialist. Before working in teacher education, she was an elementary classroom teacher, a reading specialist in both middle school and high school, and she taught developmental reading at community colleges.

 Wolf has written and given multiple presentations on the importance of multicultural literature in classrooms including a 2003 presentation at the WORD Conference in Washington, “Integrating Multicultural Literature Into the Elementary Classroom,” and a 2002 presentation at the CRLA Conference in Minnesota, “Multicultural/Diversity Activities for the College Classroom.” Wolf regularly speaks to the media regarding the importance of literacy, multicultural education, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring and mentoring at the college and adult levels.