Region 16 and DEED Announce Selection of First Reading Specialist Endorsement Cohort

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) and Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) have selected the first cohort in the Alaska Reading Specialist Endorsement Program.

Fifty-three participants were selected from among more than 75 applicants statewide. Participants include educators, specialists, and administrators representing 17 of Alaska’s 53 public school districts.

“This program is designed to create a network of educators engaged in leading evidence-based literacy instruction in their contexts,” said R16CC Alaska State Director Tamara Van Wyhe. “Their leadership will help create classrooms where all students can read at grade level by the end of third grade.”

Program participants will start their first course later this month.

About the Reading Specialist Endorsement Program

The 27-credit program is designed to help Alaska’s educators implement evidence-based reading practices in their classrooms. This endorsement includes one year of training and two years of service in Alaska.

Fast Facts

  • Fifty-three participants were selected for the first cohort of the Reading Specialist Endorsement Program.
  • Selected participants represent 17 public school districts across Alaska.


Tamara Van Wyhe
Alaska State Director
Region 16 Comprehensive Center

Published September 8, 2023

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