About The Center

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Center for Adolescent Literacies (CAL) at UNC Charlotte to advance the literacy achievement of adolescents in urban school settings and to develop pedagogies for adolescents and those who work with them to prepare them to be productive and empowered 21st century citizens.  Specifically, the objectives of our center are as follows:

  • To provide community outreach
  • To build cultural understanding and awareness
  •  To promote community engagement
  • To encourage civic engagement through service learning
  • To equip teachers, parents and preservice teachers with knowledge, skills, and dispositions for supporting and scaffolding adolescent literacy and service learning
  • To develop and provide collaborative professional development to promote adolescent literacy
  • To encourage collaborative involvement among all stakeholders (including teachers, students, parents/guardians and university faculty).

Faculty Leadership Team

The leadership of the Center for Adolescent Literacies at UNC Charlotte includes:

Affiliated Faculty

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.