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Holly Lane - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Holly Lane

Associate Professor/Director | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Holly Lane leads the UF Literacy Institute, which works to improve literacy outcomes for students who struggle to learn to read and write.


Holly Lane is the director of the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) and the Irving and Rose Fien professor of education. She serves on the special education program faculty in the School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies. She is the principal investigator for the James Patterson Literacy Challenge, an initiative aimed at improving literacy outcomes for children in the state of Florida, and she is the lead developer of the UFLI Foundations phonics curriculum. With her team at UFLI, Holly also created the Virtual Teaching Resource Hub to support teachers as they moved to remote reading instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than a half million users from around the globe have used the site’s resources. Holly’s research focuses on literacy intervention and prevention of reading difficulties through effective early literacy instruction and teacher education. She has conducted studies of reading instruction, teacher development, and teacher knowledge of literacy. Holly has also been the principal investigator of four doctoral training projects focused on preparing scholars in literacy intervention research. In 2021, she received the Leaders Inspiring Readers Award from the International Literacy Association in recognition of her work to address the needs of struggling readers.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Teacher Preparation

Reading and Literacy


Media Appearances (3)

The Science of Reading and COVID-19: A Perfect Storm for Ed Tech

EmergingEdTech  online


The timing of the science of reading movement and the resulting shifts in practice happened to coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic, as schools were shutting down and moving to remote learning. Ultimately, this leap into remote teaching led many teachers to become more comfortable using technology in their instruction and in their own learning.

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Alachua County Public Schools invites families to learn about new literacy program

The Gainesville Sun  online


The Alachua County Public School district is inviting families who have children in grades K-2 to attend a webinar where they can learn about the district's new literacy initiative, University of Florida Literacy Institute Foundations program.

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Learning Online

Explore  print


UFLI is dedicated to improving literacy outcomes for students who struggle to learn to read and write through teacher professional development. Among the institute’s latest efforts is the James Patterson Literacy Challenge — a collaboration with the best-selling author and his foundation to address Florida’s literacy crisis and double the state’s literacy rates.

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