Why Saving Time Serves Students and Literacy Educators

Cox Campus, the online learning community of the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School, is providing free, evidence-based courses, community, and resources for literacy educators.

In 2021, Cox Campus surpassed 200,000 members and provided $15 million of professional development coursework to educators across early education and kindergarten through third grade.

The platform, which is free to school districts, is projected to double the number of teachers it will reach in the 2022–2023 academic school year, resulting in an estimated $30 million in free IACET-accredited courses and resources for educators.

“We are uncompromising in our commitment to provide educators with science-driven coursework and resources that our nation’s higher education institutions failed to share with them in the first place,” said Comer Yates, executive director of the Atlanta Speech School.
“The responsibility for our illiteracy crisis falls on our entire educational system. In many instances, we are allowing school and district leaders to ignore the existing body of evidence that has become known as the science of reading,” said Dr. Ryan Lee-James, director of the Rollins Center. “As a comprehensive response to this persistent systemic failure, the Cox Campus makes coursework, content, and community free. We are committed to literacy and justice for all and are proud of the number of teachers we reached last year and have high aspirations to continue our efforts until we have reached every educator in the country.”

The Cox Campus addresses the continuum of deep reading brain construction from the third trimester of pregnancy through literacy. The coursework available on the website is grounded in equity and founded on structured literacy practices.

“Proficiency is not the destination. It is the starting point,” said Lee-James. “We want every child to develop the deep reading brain needed to discern and decide—so they have the agency to change our world. Through Cox Campus, equity is both the outcome and the means by which this can be achieved.”


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