C.C. Bates, director of Clemson University Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center, has been named to the S.C. Department of Education’s Read to Succeed Advisory Group.

C.C. Bates, director of Clemson University Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center, has been named to the S.C. Department of Education’s Read to Succeed Advisory Group.

Celeste (C.C.) Bates, assistant professor of literacy education at the Clemson University Eugene T. Moore School of Education and director of the Clemson University Reading Recovery® and Early Literacy Training Center, has been named to the S.C. Department of Education’s Read to Succeed Advisory Group. Bates is one of 25 individuals selected from 140 applicants across the state to serve on the group.

As part of a three-year term, Bates will review and inform all components of the Read to Succeed implementation. She represents the Institute of Higher Education Administration category for the group.

Bates’ research interests include technological innovations to support professional development, methods to help struggling readers, and differentiated reading instruction in primary grades. She currently serves as the principal investigator on two grants totaling more than $2.3 million, and her work is published in such publications as The Reading Teacher, Young Children and The Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.

The Read to Succeed legislation (Act 284), ratified by S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley in June 2014, is comprehensive, systematic and affects every educator and student in the state. The goal of Act 284 is to make certain all students graduate from high school with the reading and writing skills needed to be college- and career-ready.