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Lorenza Di Natale has been a literacy coach for UIC-Early Reading First since 2009, working on all of our projects—CCL, APLLE and IMPACT.  She is currently coaching at St. Agnes of Bohemia in the Little Village community as well as at St. Pius and Pope John Paul schools. She provides weekly coaching to support teachers in creating print and language rich environments to enhance student learning and achievement. She enjoys seeing the growth and progress teachers have made in implementing the curriculum and transforming their classrooms to centers of early literacy excellence  

Lorenza earned a M.S in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University and B.S from Loyola University. She has been in the field of education for over 20 years. During that time she has taught preschool, administered early childhood programs, served as the parent involvement coordinator for the National Parent Teacher Association, and worked as an independent consultant in the field of literacy.  She has presented at the Annual Conference of NAEYC, at the Chicago AEYC Conference, and at the Partners for Success: National Summit on Parent Involvement in Teacher Education meeting in Washington DC.

Lorenza’s professional experience extends to authoring professional publications also.  Her article  “How Can We Find Out Together?: Investigating, Reflecting on and Celebrating Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom.” appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of ChildCare Exchange, and she was primary author for Building Successful Partnerships: A Guide to Developing Parent and Family Involvement Programs published by the National Educational Service (Bloomington, IN, 2000).






For more information on our projects, or to volunteer your assistance in the UIC-ERF efforts,
please contact the project director William Teale at wteale@uic.edu.

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