2018 Institute Theme: 

The Art of Instructional Scaffolding for Student Success

Featured Presenters

Dr. Linda Dorn staff-linda-dorn

Linda Dorn is a Professor of Reading Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she coordinates the Educational Specialist, Doctoral, and Graduate Certificate in Reading programs. She is the founder and lead trainer for the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Model and the Comprehensive Intervention Model.

In1999, she received the University Faculty Excellence Award for her work in research and scholarly activity. Linda is a Reading Recovery Trainer and is past president of the Board of Directors for the Reading Recovery Council of North America. At the state level, she has testified to legislative and state agencies on literacy instruction, and her work has been influential in shaping educational initiatives in the state. She has presented at over 300 state, national, and international conferences, including keynote addresses and featured sessions. Her publications include 7 books, book chapters, media publications, journal articles, and teaching materials. Her latest publication is Changing Minds, Changing Schools, Changing Systems: A Comprehensive Literacy Design for School Improvement (Hameray, 2015). Linda is currently conducting research with the University of Maine on the effects of layered interventions on the reading acceleration of low-performing students.



Carla Soffos staff-carla-soffos

Carla Soffos is a University Clinical Coach for the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model and the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM). Carla has a Master’s degree in Reading, plus graduate hours as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and literacy coach. She has over 25 years experience in education, including classroom teacher, intervention specialist, and literacy coach.


Carla is nationally recognized for her work in comprehensive literacy and her co-authored publications with Linda Dorn. She has collaborated with school districts across the United States on implementing a comprehensive literacy approach for school improvement. In her current role as a university clinical coach, Carla provides tailored support for PCL and CIM schools across the country, including the use of technology for live observations and coaching support.

Linda and Carla have also co-authored many professional books: Scaffolding Young Writers: A Writing Workshop Approach; Shaping Literate Minds: Developing Self Regulated Learners; Teaching for Deep Comprehension: A Reading Workshop Approach and most recently Interventions that Work: A Comprehensive Intervention Model for Preventing Reading Failure in Grades K-3. Teaching for Transfer, their latest text will be out soon.


Dr. Cindy Owens


Dr. Cindy Owens is the ELA Coordinator and Literacy
Trainer for Nixa Public Schools where she trains Reading Recovery Teachers, CIM Interventionists, and Dyslexia Therapists as well as provides professional development for classroom teachers. She also collects and analyzes data to track the progress of struggling students. In addition to her public school responsibilities, Cindy is also adjunct faculty at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock where she is currently co-investigator of a research study examining the influence of training in a meaning-based intervention on teacher effectiveness and academic gains of dyslexic students. Cindy is currently president of the Missouri Association of Reading Recovery Educators and is responsible for coordinating the state conference. She recently published a chapter (Changing Children’s Lives through Kindergarten Interventions) in Changing Minds, Changing Schools, Changing Systems (Edited by Dorn, Forbes, Poparad, & Schubert) based on her dissertation.



Many professional educators will be presenting at the 2018 Comprehensive 4K-12 Literacy Institute!  Visit our institute Sessions page to read more about each of them!