For Immediate Release
August 4, 2010
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Brockport, NY—The Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, wrapped up a four-week Summer Reading Clinic on August 4, 2010. The clinic assists area school children, grades K–7, who are experiencing difficulties or need a little extra help with their literacy development.
The project was led by Brockport faculty members Don Halquist, PhD; Carol St. George, PhD; and, Sue Geier. During the clinic, children were placed in groups of two or three, and worked with a tutor on specific literacy skills.
"The children quickly chose a theme that they wanted to work with, such as animals or sports. All the reading, writing and word study was done through the theme approach to make it more engaging for the children,” said Geier.
The Summer Reading Clinic is part of the College’s summer literacy practicum for graduate students, in which the students tutor the elementary children. Through this field-based experience, Brockport graduate students engage in a literacy education teaching experience and provide elementary students with extra support in reading and writing. The graduate students who participated in the program are certified elementary teachers and are also enrolled in the College’s master’s degree program, with an emphasis in literacy education. Direct supervision of the tutors was provided by members of the Department of Education and Human Development’s adjunct literacy faculty.
"Brockport graduate students were responsible for a lot of work,” said St. George. “They had to do initial assessments of the children who came in on what their strengths were as learners. They also had to plan and implement daily lessons and complete a log of the lessons and what the children learned – all leading up to a final assessment.”
The culmination of the clinic was a Literacy Fair, which was held August 4 in Cooper Hall on the Brockport campus. The children who participated in the program displayed and presented many of the activities that they worked on for the past four weeks.
During the fair, Jay Stetzer entertained the young audience and their families with famous short stories. Stetzer, a storyteller, has performed in countless venues throughout the US, Canada, and Japan. He established a multifaceted performing arts program for elementary children at the Harley School (Rochester, NY), and his stories can also be heard daily on two radio stations in Rochester.
“There was so much laughter and joy (at the Literacy Fair). Kids brought their parents, grandparents, and their neighbors. Everybody wanted to show off their good work,” said St. George.
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