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Reading First Program in Partnership with the College of Santa Fe and Voyager University

Ohanian Comment: Why is Voyager given so many taxpayer dollars to compete with university colleges of education? Here's how Voyager describes itself:

VoyagerU is a division of Voyager Expanded Learning, a provider of K-3 in-school reading programs, as well as K-8 reading intervention programs for school districts throughout the U.S. Founded in 1994, Voyager has delivered extended-time reading and basic skills intervention programs to more than 1,000 school districts and large-scale reading programs in cities such as Houston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., resulting in dramatically improved student performance.

Often, when you enter "Voyager University" into a search, up pops a deal run in conjunction with a state education department. Here's the NY State Reading Academy:

Learning to read is the single most important factor in determining a child's success in school and progress in life. A teacher is the key to this success.

The New York State Reading Academy is committed to helping teachers achieve success through effective professional development.

The Reading Academy is a component of New York's Reading First initiative.

In Association with The New York State Education Department.

In Arizona, it's called AZREADS, in Indiana, Indiana Reading Academy, in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Reading Academy. And so on.

Voyager U also gets taxpayer money to do training in technology: In 2001, the feds shelled out $2.2 Million to The University of North Texas in cooperation with Voyager University to train 1,200 teachers in technology.

And so on.


New Program Will Enroll over 350 Teachers and Reading Coaches in a Teachers’ Reading Academy

Santa Fe—The Public Education Department’s New Mexico Reading First program in partnership with the College of Santa Fe and Voyager University is offering a Reading Endorsement program for all K-3 Reading First classroom teachers and reading coaches. The Reading First Teachers' Reading Academy will enable teachers to take courses on-line from wherever they live. The Teachers’ Reading Academy, starting this January, will enroll over 350 teachers and reading coaches. Principals may take the Voyager 5 Basic Elements of Reading course for free. Tuition, registration, books and materials are all covered by New Mexico Reading First fund.

Secretary of Education, Dr. Veronica C. García said, “The Reading First Teachers' Reading Academy will be part of the lasting legacy of New Mexico Reading First. Part of making schools work means providing highly qualified teachers in the classroom. I am excited about this program which, in the end, will provide New Mexico with a state-wide cadre of highly trained and endorsed reading teachers."

Both the College of Santa Fe and Voyager University are offering classes. Voyager will offer a class in the 5 Basic Elements of Reading, followed by a class in Comprehension. Each of the Voyager classes will carry 6 credits at the College of Santa Fe as part of the Reading Endorsement program. The College of Santa Fe will offer a series of courses, also on-line, some of which will be coupled with the professional development being provided by New Mexico Reading First. New Mexico Reading First is in talks with other New Mexico colleges and universities to expand the Teachers' Reading Academy. Reading First has at least another three years of federal funding. As the program is currently designed with the College of Santa Fe it allows participants to complete the Reading Endorsement program in a year and a half.

For more information, please contact Reading First director, Dr. Lana M. Paolillo at (505) 827-6673 or lana.paolillo@state.nm.us

— Press Release
New Mexico Public Education Department


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