Professor of Education Charles Temple recently took his third, 10-day trip to Yerevan, Armenia, to complete a two-year project for USAID. The project, “Better Instruments for Literacy Instruction,” was conducted in conjunction with the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking International Consortium (www.rwctic.org) and the Step by Step Benevolent Association of Armenia. Temple is the co-founder and director of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project in association with the International Reading Association.
He and his colleague, Professor Sally Beach from the University of Oklahoma, worked with 30 local educators to develop informal assessment instruments for emergent literacy and beginning reading in the Armenian language. They also developed a training program and teacher training guidebook for the Armenian Institute of Education. The instruments and training program will be offered to the Ministry of Education for national dissemination this fall.
Temple received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. in curriculum studies and his Ph.D. in reading education from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining HWS, he also taught at the University of Houston-Victoria. He also volunteers for CODE, a Canadian literacy organization, helping produce indigenous children’s literature in Liberia, Tanzania and Sierra Leone.
The photo above features Professor of Education Charles Temple and his colleagues in Armenia this summer.