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Literacy Sessions

Our Literacy Clinics provide reading and writing assessment and instruction to children, adolescents and adults in the metro-St. Louis community. This is a free service carried out by UMSL graduate students (classroom teachers) enrolled in the Master’s level reading courses and working towards a Missouri Special Reading Certificate. UMSL’s pre-service teachers (people studying to become teachers) also work in our Literacy Clinics. The structure of the Literacy Clinic varies depending on whether it is on UMSL’s campus, in a local school, or online.

Teachers in the clinic will use a variety of assessments to determine the reading, writing and spelling levels of the students. They develop an instructional program designed to accelerate the student's literacy development within culturally responsive and multicultural frameworks. Parents and teachers are provided with a case study of the student's literacy strengths and growth at the end of the session. The Literacy Clinic does not provide diagnostic testing only.

Most students who receive literacy services are reading and writing at least year below grade level.

The campus Literacy Clinic is located in Collabitat (formerly the Ward E. Barnes Library Building) which is on the South Campus of UMSL. The street address is 1 University Blvd. St. Louis MO 63121. See the “Directions” tab for more detailed instructions.