Reading & writing Clinic Description

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Description:

The CSULA Charter College of Education’s Reading and Writing Clinic provides both quality Education to our Graduate Reading Program Candidates and Service to the community. 

  • Master of Arts Degree Candidates who are graduating to become Teaching Specialists in Reading and Writing Education, provide tutoring services to area Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level individuals who can benefit from reading and writing skills tutoring.  These services, under the leadership and supervision of our Clinic Director, are an integral component of their advanced teacher certification program, which is fully accredited by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • To support our CSULA mission of Engagement, Service and the Public Good, the tutoring services provided by our clinicians impact  not only our current CSULA graduate students and the Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level individuals they tutor, but the effects of those services impact siblings, cousins, neighbors, and even parents of the individuals served, now and in the future, as those individuals return to the community.

    Pre-Kindergarten through Community College teachers refer their students

    Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level teachers refer their students who can benefit from added support in reading and writing, to our CSULA Charter College of Education’s  Reading & Writing Clinic.

    • Parents register the students and pay a nominal fee.
      • Fess are on a sliding fee scale based on income
    • The students are given a battery of reading and writing assessments to determine their greatest needs
    • A remediation plan is then developed and put into place for each student
    • Tutoring takes place weekly in small groups based on student needs
    • NO STUDENT IS EVER TURNED AWAY FOR INABILITY TO PAY

    CSULA Student and Program Enhancement

    Under the direction of the CSULA Charter College of Education Reading & Writing Clinic Director, CCOE Graduate Reading Program students who are Candidates for advanced certification to become Reading & Language Arts Specialists in schools assess and tutor the young students.

    • Candidates receive hands-on Diagnostic Experience with administration of a battery of reading and writing assessments which they have learned in their graduate reading program classes
      • Candidates administer the reading and writing assessments to each individual clinic student
      • Candidates then develop an individual remediation plan based upon  each clinic student’s needs
    • Candidates receive hands-on Remediation Experience by providing  tutoring techniques based upon student assessment data from the reading and writing assessments they have administered and the remediation plans they have developed
      • Candidates tutor the individual students weekly in very small groups aligned with clinic student needs
    • Candidates receive hands-on Leadership Experience communicating with the Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level Teachers and the children’s Parents
      • At the end of each quarter, Candidates prepare a Diagnosis/Remediation Report for the clinic students’ teachers and parents outlining each student’s individual progress
    • The Reading and Writing Clinic includes
      • Individual clinic rooms (with one-way mirrors for observation of tutoring sessions)
      • A large classroom for training/debriefing of Graduate Reading Program Candidates who provide the assessments and remediation tutoring
        • That large classroom is also used for parent workshops
      • A small library of high quality Children’s Literature selections
      • A small Computer Lab
    • Portable technology including iPads loaded with literacy enhancement games and website links is also used to enhance tutoring sessions

    Parent Training Workshops

    Parent Training Workshops – While their children attend weekly sessions at our CSULA Charter College of Education’s  Reading & Writing Clinic, parents are invited to attend free Parent Literacy Workshops

    • Candidates for advanced certification to become Reading & Language Arts Specialists provide Parent Literacy Workshops free of charge
      • Parents enhance their English language skills
      • Parents learn ways to help their children with reading and writing skills at home
      • Parents learn about using the internet and free websites they can use with their children to enhance their children’s reading and writing skills
      • Parents are also more prepared to help other children in the home with reading and writing
      • Parents develop a stronger sense of community, and a closer relationship with their children’s teacher as well as with our Graduate Reading Program  Candidates for advanced certification to become Reading & Language Arts Specialists in schools
        • 2 of the parents are now attending local community colleges and plan to continue on to CSULA to become teachers themselves!

    Service Learning

    Annual Parent and Child Literacy Conference –This annual conference is a CSULA “Service Learning Project.” This component of the CSULA Charter College of Education Graduate Reading Program takes place out in our local community. Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Six students and their parents are invited to attend this free Literacy Conference each year.

    • On a Saturday morning  at a local elementary school, CSULA Charter College of Education Graduate Reading Program Candidates for advanced certification to become Reading & Language Arts Specialists in schools present a series of hands-on workshops for parents and their children
      • Sessions include:
        • Parent sessions on how to help their children at home with Reading
        • Parent sessions on how to help their children at home with Writing
        • Hands-on sessions for Parents and their Children demonstrating activities parents can do at home with their children to enhance their children’s Reading Skills
        • Hands-on sessions for Parents and their Children demonstrating activities parents can do at home with their children to enhance their children’s Writing Skills
      • Children receive a quality children’s literature book to take home and keep (partially funded by CSULA Lottery Grants)
        • Sometimes this is the first and/or only book the child has ever owned!

    Summer Reading Camp

    Summer Reading Camp To help combat the notorious “summer slide” in students’ reading and writing skills, each July the CSULA Reading and Writing Clinic offers an inexpensive 3 week Summer Reading Camp.

    • Since each summer, young students tend to lose some of the gains they made during the academic year, Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level students are invited to attend our Summer Reading Camp
      • CCOE Graduate Reading Program students who are Candidates for advanced certification to become Reading & Language Arts Specialists in schools, assess the young students ahead of time to determine their best group placements
      • The Candidates then provide 3 weeks of tutoring services in a summer camp atmosphere
        • Activities include daily
          • 1 hour of intense Reading Tutoring
          • 1 hour of Arts & Crafts, Snacks, and Outdoor Games
          • 1 hour of Writing activities and learning games
      • Summer 2014 saw our largest group ever – 23 tutors serving about 90 families (over 144 Pre-Kindergarten through Community College level students attended  Summer Reading Camp 2014!)