Assessment services are also offered by the Reading Center professional staff. These assessments focus on gathering information that can be used directly for instruction. Assessment of beginning readers utilizes primarily non-standardized measures. For developing and junior-senior high students, both non-standardized and standardized measures are used. Typical assessments begin with a parent interview and take five to eight hours of time which can be spaced over 2 or more sessions. A summary conference and report are provided. Specific suggestions for home and school interventions are offered, as well as relevant referrals, if needed. Follow-up conferences and school conferences are available on request.
The faculty and staff of the Reading Center also provide consultation to districts, schools, classrooms and private organizations. Types of consultation have included staff development sessions for school personnel, curriculum development, school partnerships, demonstration lessons, parent group workshops, organizing readers' groups and writing workshops.
The Reading Center offers informal opportunities for teachers and parents to extend and develop their knowledge. These include discussion groups, writing groups, and specialized workshops. The Reading Center has close ties with the community through its Advisory Council, which includes administrators, supervisors, teachers and community literacy workers. It is also the founding location of the Suburban Council of the International Reading Council and co-hosts its annual summer conference.
For more information, contact the Reading Center at 630.874.4533