SISTA: Students Involved in Sustaining Their Arkansas

  • In collaboration with the Arkansas Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) Initiative, high school junior will apply to become SISTA Fellows.
  • SISTA fellows, supported by University of Arkansas mentors, spend a year developing proposals for projects that will invigorate, revitalize, or sustain their home communities.

For more information about SISTA, please contact David Jolliffe at

The Community Literacy Advocacy Project

Working with a local partner, the Brown Chair supports activities in which citizens from all walks of life can read and write in new, effective ways.

  • The ongoing Augusta Community Literacy Advocacy project has sponsored projects involving elementary and high school students, churches, the public library, parents, and veterans' organizations.
  • Communities of all sizes can work together to enrich the quality of life by emphasing the power of reading and writing to open doors for all people.

For more information about Community Literacy Advocacy projects, write to David Jolliffe at

Arkansas Studio Project

University of Arkansas students, most preparing to become teachers, work as mentors in after-school literacy-enrichment programs in middle and junior high schools in Fayetteville, Springdale, and Rogers.

  • Three afternoons a week, University of Arkansas students work with middle and junior high schoolers on projects that focus on the arts, creative writing, and creative drama.
  • Middle and junior high school students produce work that is published or performed for parents and the community.
  • University of Arkansas mentors assist teachers with literacy-rich projects in their classes during the school day.

For more information about Razorback Writers, write to Nikki Holland at

Team Shakespeare

High school students from throughout Arkansas study a Shakespeare play through discussion, creative writing, and creative drama, eventually producing their own play based on the Bard's themes and motifs.

  • The Brown Chair, working with Trike Theatre, sponsors Shakespeare residencies in high schools and two-day Team Shakespeare workshops during Spring Break.
  • Team Shakespeare is complemented by a full-length traveling production of a Shakespeare play, performed by professional actors from Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state.

For more information about Team Shakespeare, write to David Jolliffe at

Advanced Placement English Language: Curriculum and Pedagogy

David Jolliffe, the former Chief Reader for Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, is happy to work with teachers, schools, and districts that would like to review and revitalize their AP English Language courses.

  • David has been working with AP English Language since 1992, as a reader, table leader, question leader, member of the test development committee, and chief reader.
  • Professional development sessions emphasize creating effective courses, materials, and lessons, not excessive test preparation.

For more information about AP English Language professional development, write to David Jolliffe at

Preparing for the Common Core State Standards

David Jolliffe has extensive experience with schools and districts that are working to transition from state curriculum frameworks and guidelines to the Common Core State Standards.

  • One-day and multi-day professional development sessions concentrate on helping teachers and administrators understand the implications of the standards for teaching and learning in English/language arts, social studies, and science.
  • David is often joined in professional development settings by Judy Fox, a former curriculum specialist for Washington County (Maryland) Schools, and an expert on the K-5 Common Core State Standards for English/language arts and the content areas.

For more information about Common Core State Standards professional development workshops, write to David Jolliffe at

Applied Literacy Workshops and Projects for Business, Industry, Health Care, and Service Sector

David Jolliffe has been active for the past 30 years in a wide variety of workplaces, helping employees read and write more effectively on the job.

  • Projects focus on all aspects of linguistic clarity and correctness and document design.
  • Clients have included banks, engineering firms, environmental protection agencies, and medical clinics.

For more information about Applied Literacy Workshops and Projects, write to David Jolliffe at