Dr. Mark Condon, Raytown High School Class of 1964

Dr. Mark Condon, Raytown High School Class of 1964

Dr. Mark CondonDr. Mark Condon graduated in 1964 from Raytown High School. He graduated from University of Kansas in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Literacy Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1976.

His crusade for early literacy began as a classroom teacher at Southwest High School in Kansas City, where he taught English and remedial reading. In 1976, he joined the faculty of the University of Louisville, where he worked for 31 years as Professor of Literacy Education, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2007. While there, he developed many curriculum programs, mostly at the graduate level, including leading a site-based program for graduate students studying Elementary Education, middle school reading and writing, and literacy instruction for struggling readers and writers.

Mark has made enormous contributions to early literacy, with a career focused on educating language arts teachers, and global literacy development, including national and international partnerships promoting childhood reading and learning. He has facilitated methods to encourage and support parents and children reading together, creating the foundation upon which children can become avid and lifelong readers and learners.

He has also served as a consultant with the Bureau of Indian Education, United Kingdom Literacy Foundation, and the World Reading Summit, working on projects in South Africa and Malawi, teaching educators to write books for their children. He co-founded RealeStudios, LLC., through which he served as Literacy coach to teachers in many Native American communities.

For the last ten years, Mark has served as the Vice-President of Unite for Literacy, a social enterprise created to develop and grow a free digital library, which currently includes a collection of over 500 picture books for children from birth through age eight. He also recruits and coaches bilingual speakers and writes a weekly blog for parents and teachers supporting early literacy.