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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Founders Hall Room 1317
(Campus Box 1122)
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1122

Purpose of the Program:
To improve the literacy development of children in grades 1 through 12 who have reading and writing difficulties. Individualized assessment and instruction is provided by certified teachers and qualified graduate students in the Literacy Education Program under the direction of literacy professors in the Curriculum and Instruction Department.

Description of the Program:
In the clinic, your child will receive individualized reading and writing assessments and tutoring. During the first semester, your child will be given specific assessments to identify their literacy strengths and needs and you will receive a written diagnostic report describing the assessments and an analysis of the results. Based on assessment results, students are selected for tutoring. Assessment information is used by the tutor to plan and teach individualized lessons during the next semester that enhance your child's literacy development through problem solving strategies and skills during reading and writing of authentic texts.

Tutoring Schedule:
During the fall and/or spring semesters, tutoring is provided once a week for a 14-week period for 75 minute sessions.

We are located at the Cougar Literacy Clinic in Founders Hall, Room 1317, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. See SIUE maps web page for directions.

The fee for each semester of assessment or tutoring is $85.00. These fees include all assessments, diagnostic reports, instructional materials, and a SIUE Lot A parking pass.

Families may apply for their child's participation in the clinic to improve his or her reading and writing by contacting the Reading Center office at 618-650-3596 to receive an application packet. Complete and return this entire packet to the clinic, which includes information from family, school, and current classroom teacher. Alternatively, both forms (the family form, and the teacher form) can be downloaded in PDF format, completed and returned to the clinic.

After the application is completed, the criteria for selection of a child is based on literacy needs, number of SIUE graduate students enrolled during the semester, and cooperation of family and student. New students are accepted each semester, but due to limitations we are unable to guarantee admission within a given semester. Families are contacted by letter or phone when an opening is available and provided with dates and times of assessments and tutoring sessions. In order to derive maximum benefit for the graduate student and the child, consistent attendance is required. If necessary, one session may be made up, however, after three absences, a new child will be selected for the program.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Reading Center Office at 650-3596, the Department Secretary Janet Hupp at 650-3083 or the Literacy Program Director, Dr. Stephanie McAndrews at (618) 650-3426.

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