Students Using their Powers to Engage in Reading is a project to celebrate the power of reading. Marshall University’s College of Education and Professional Development (COEPD) and Marshall University’s PDS (Professional Development Schools) Partnership support literacy awareness at all ages, from preschool through adulthood. On October 18, 2019 we will share the love of reading with our community. The day will be filled with reading to and with children of all ages.

On the evening of October 18, 2019, we ask that parents read to their child(ren) or make note of a book their child(ren) is reading on that day that is not associated with schoolwork.  After sharing the reading experience, please click here to be entered into a drawing for a prize valued at $100+ to be awarded on October 21, 2019!

2019 SUPER DAY pictures!

2019 Home Challenge Winner

Brianna Johnson, First Grade
Hite-Saunders Elementary School

Gianna read a Charlie and Lola book about recycling.


Contact Information

Dr. Mindy Backus Professor/PDS Director 130 Education Building Marshall University Phone: 304-696-2877 Fax: 304-696-6211

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Student Teacher Mini Grants: Application links are in Word and PDF. Send applications to by the following dates: First placement–January 29, 4:00pm (notification will be on January 31); Second placement–March 18, 4:00 (notification will be on March 20)

STEPP Workshops:

February 1 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Active Strategies For Secondary Teacher Candidates

February 15 (half-day sessions) – Teaching With Technology And Heggerty, Ashlock, Call/Response, Managing Centers, And More! For Elementary Teacher Candidates


Teacher Mini Grants are due by 4:00pm March 13, 2020. Teachers hosting student teachers may apply using the form above under the Teacher tab.

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