March 28, 2023

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Collaboration offers exclusive headquarters for educating judges, improving justice system.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The nation's oldest judicial membership and education organization

University of Nevada, Reno has a renewed commitment to host the Epicenter for Judicial Education at the University's campus. The University of Nevada, Reno Judicial Studies Graduate Degree Program, The National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), with more than 160 years of combined judicial education experience, are helping to prepare the country's most important decision-makers and leaders serving the third branch of government.

"This collaboration is unmatched nationally, creating a powerhouse of resources, educational opportunities, and progressive thinking to serve the judiciary," said Jeffrey Thompson, executive vice president & provost at University of Nevada, Reno.

Together, the presence of these three unique but allied institutions in one locale creates the Epicenter for Judicial Education. The organizations contribute to the university and northern Nevada as well as Lake Tahoe through the University of Nevada, Reno Lake Tahoe campus.

"The NJC has been proud to call Reno home for nearly 60 years," said Benes Aldana, National Judicial College president and CEO. "Our students and alumni have long benefitted from our proximity and connections to the NCJFCJ and the Judicial Studies graduate degree programs. For judges looking to build on their knowledge and skills, no place offers more than Reno. And they get to see some of the most spectacular scenery at the same time."

"This partnership has and will continue to bring substantial benefit to the judiciary and the field of judicial studies," said Shawn Marsh, associate professor and director of the judicial studies graduate degree program exclusively for sitting judges. "The depth and breadth of education, research, and engagement these organizations provide has meaningfully improved outcomes for both consumers and administrators of justice across the United States and internationally," continued Marsh. "The Epicenter is indeed a unique asset of which our university and community should be proud."

Joey Orduña Hastings, chief executive officer of the NCJFCJ, said the organization relies on the strength of its members and partners to provide the best education, training, and research to every judicial professional in the country. The NCJFCJ turns 86 years old this year.

"Our invaluable and longstanding partnerships within the Epicenter for Judicial Education are essential to providing access to fair, equal, effective, and timely justice to every individual, family, and child," said Hastings.

The NCJFCJ will be hosting a Nevada Legislative Reception in Carson City on April 25, 2023. For more information, please visit the NCJFCJ website.

About the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ):
Founded in 1937, the Reno, Nevada-based National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is the nation's oldest judicial membership and education organization focused on improving the effectiveness of our nation's juvenile and family courts. A leader in continuing education opportunities, research, and policy development in the fields of juvenile and family justice, domestic violence, and domestic relations, the 2,000-member organization is unique in providing practice-based resources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide. The NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 juvenile and family court professionals in state and tribal courts throughout the country.

About the National Judicial College:
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2023, The National Judicial College remains the only educational institution in the United States that teaches courtroom skills to judges of all types from all over the country, Indian Country and abroad. The categories of judges served by this nonprofit and nonpartisan institution, based in Reno, Nevada, since 1964, decide more than 95 percent of cases in the United States. 

About the University of Nevada, Reno:
The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. As a Nevada land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 21,000 students. The University is a comprehensive doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Additionally, it has attained the prestigious "Carnegie Engaged" classification, reflecting its student and institutional impact on civic engagement and service, fostered by extensive community and statewide collaborations. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

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Original Source: Collaboration Renews Commitment to the Epicenter for Judicial Education at University of Nevada, Reno
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Highest rating for alignment to the Phonics Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

William H. Sadlier, Inc. announced today that its foundational skills program, From Phonics to Reading, authored by Wiley Blevins, received "Top Marks" for alignment to the Phonics Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge (TEKS) standards as independently reviewed by Learning List, an instructional materials review service for schools and districts.

From Phonics to Reading, for Grades K-3, addresses all foundational skills and fosters students' understanding and working knowledge of print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency. The program pedagogy is based on over three decades of research and classroom practice by its author, Wiley Blevins.

Learning List completed a qualitative, standard-by-standard review of the alignment of From Phonics to Reading to the Phonics TEKS K-3 standards. "Sadlier's From Phonics to Reading supports students in becoming readers by providing explicit and systemic phonics instruction reflective of the Science of Teaching Reading," said Jackie Lain, president of Learning List. "The program provides pedagogical support and content development for teachers, as well as guidance and resources to help parents support their child's reading development."

"My goal in creating this program with the Sadlier team was to provide a compact, efficient, affordable phonics resource that reflects the most current research on phonics, while addressing issues not commonly covered in available resources—including addressing the top 10 reasons why phonics instruction sometimes fails (10 Common Causes of Phonics Instruction Failure eBook), based on my most important work with school districts across the United States, South America, and Asia," said Wiley Blevins.

Theresa Thompson, President and CEO of Sadlier, said, "Our close relationship with author Wiley Blevins allowed us to develop From Phonics to Reading, relying on his expertise in the area of foundational skills and early literacy. We are proud to have received "Top Marks" for the program's alignment to the Phonics Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge (TEKS) standards from Learning List."

More information about From Phonics to Reading can be found here.

About William H. Sadlier, Inc.

William H. Sadlier, Inc. is a respected publisher of print and digital educational materials for PreK-12. Since 1832, Sadlier's pursuit of excellence has been driven by a commitment to meet the needs of the educational community. Sadlier programs offer strong instructional support to help students reach their full potential—in school and throughout life.

About Learning List

Learning List's instructional materials review service provides independent, evidence-based alignment reports, instructional quality and technology compatibility reviews of thousands of the most widely used PreK-12 instructional materials. To learn more, go to or call 512-234-4458.

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Theresa Thompson
President and CEO
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Original Source: Sadlier's From Phonics to Reading Program Has Received Top Marks