The Literacy Center

Literacy Center Winter 2014 Session Applications     

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Northeastern Illinois University

Dr. JoAnne Vazzano

LWH 2103

5500 N. St. Louis Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60625

Literacy Center Winter Sessions
The Winter 2014  term begins January 27, 2014 and runs through late April.  There are late afternoon and early evening sessions in the Winter term. Notification letters of acceptance in the winter term are sent in mid December.

Literacy Center Summer Sessions
There are two summer sessions planned for Summer 2014. One summer session will be scheduled during late afternoons to early evenings on Tuesday and Thursdays. The other session will be scheduled  four days a week during the mornings beginning in late June thru mid July. Applications will be available in late January to early February. Notification of acceptance into the summer term will be mailed in late May. 

There are Three Literacy Center
Programs: 1) Graduate Clinical Practicum, the Community Program, and the Parent and Family Program

Graduate Clinical Practicum
Graduate Students in the clinical practicum provide diagnosis and instruction under the supervision of a faculty member in the Graduate Literacy Education Program. As a requirement in their degree program, teachers seeking advanced certification for a reading endorsement or a Master's of Arts degree to become a Reading Specialists provide an in-depth diagnosis and individualized instruction for students who wish to improve their reading skills. Readers in grades 1 thru 12 attend late afternoon or evening sessions twice weekly for diagnosis and instruction in the summer, fall, or winter terms. In some summer terms, children meet during the day four times a week.  In addition to high quality individual tutoring, parents receive a written report. The report documents reading strengths and instructional needs, progress observed during tutoring sessions, and recommendations intended for school and families to support continued progress.

and Family
Each semester, the Literacy Center invites participants of the Graduate Literacy Education Program and their families to a Literacy Celebration. This special event features parents and children sharing stories, experiences, favorite books, and poetry with each other. We all celebrate our shared love for books and reading! The Literacy Center also sponsors special programs for parents and families. Conferences provide parents information from local teachers and specialists who share their ideas for providing the best learning experiences possible for children. Parent workshops provide hands-on experiences to help parents support the literacy development of their children.

Community Program
The Community Program is designed to meet the needs of children unable attend the graduate program because of scheduling problems or lack of space in the graduate program. The community program also services children and adolescents who have good reading skills but wish to improve reading skills with additional strategies. The Community Program  tutoring  is $50.00 an hour beginning in January 2014. All participants in the Community Program are required to complete diagnostic evaluation at a maximum cost of $200.00. The diagnostic evaluation includes a written report of the evaluation and initial instruction. The diagnostic evaluation is waived for prior attendees of the Graduate Literacy Education Center Program. Space in the community program is determined by availability of high quality tutors.