NEWS Phillips 66 awards $1.5 million grant to Rice's School of Literacy and Culture

Phillips 66, an energy manufacturing and logistics company, is awarding a $1.5 million grant over three years to Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project (SLC) to help improve literacy among children in the Houston area.

SLC, a part of Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and Phillips 66 are partnering to solve the problem of illiteracy among youths in the Houston area by developing the Early Literacy Leadership Academy. This new center for expert teaching will help teachers gain expertise as innovators who promote higher-order thinking skills, second-language learning and relationships that impact children’s self-regulation and autonomy.

The Early Literacy Leadership Academy will consist of 40 teachers identified through an intensive application and interview process; they will participate in two-and-a-half years of intensive classroom and seminar-based education and leadership training designed to help them become innovative thinkers, learners and leaders on their own campuses and within the Greater Houston community.

“We look forward to coupling Rice University’s long-standing tradition of excellence in education with Phillips 66’s commitment to community as we create this innovative forum for developing early childhood teacher leaders,” said Karen Capo, director of Rice’s School Literacy and Culture project. “Together we will think critically about educational practices serving our community’s children, teachers and families and explore ways to make them more effective.”

SLC marked its 25th anniversary at a celebration this evening at Rice Memorial Center's Grand Hall, 6100 Main St. The grant and creation of the Early Literacy Leadership Academy were recognized during the event. 

“Phillips 66 is committed to improving lives through a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work,” said Karen Tripp, Phillips 66 vice president of communications and public affairs. “Through our partnership with Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture project, our efforts to support literacy will provide Houston-area teachers with the skills needed to develop the highly talented workforce of the future.”


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