Varied Strategies and Approaches for the Digital Age
Our instructors are graduate students or professional teachers who are committed to working with families in strengthening the literacy skills of children. As such, parents are in constant communication with instructors as the child continues to develop and strengthen their abilities to make sense of, and create challenging texts. This team-based approach is integrated with the planning and decision-making process that is founded on New Literacy Studies (NLS), which is a theoretical framework that recognizes the social, cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary nature of literacy. As such, cognitive processes like decoding and comprehension are situated in a purpose, time, discipline, and context. Rather than practice isolated skills that are difficult to transfer across disciplines and contexts, students develop a flexible command of skills as they engage in the practices of reading for authentic, discipline-specific, purposes.
Such skill-based practices include the following:
- Fluency development through digital authorship, readers' theater, and other community events.
- Comprehension development through collaborative reading strategies and discipline-specific approaches to texts.
- Critical Reasoning and Argumentation development through scaffolded collaborative activities and hands-on projects.
- Academic Writing development through varied forms of communication, including oral presentations, written reports, and stories.
Through this NLS framework, we provide intensive instruction for skill development that support the academic success across the content areas.
In-Depth Assessment Services:
In addition to the initial assessments that are part of the instructional sessions described above, we also provide an additional, in-depth assessment for those who are interested in learning more about the specific strengths and instructional next steps in reading, writing, and problem solving. Depending on the goals, questions, and concerns of the student and their parents, a variety of assessments will be used to gauge one or more of the following:
- Interest and motivation
- Fluency and decoding
- Comprehension (recall, retelling, inference making, and strategy use)
- Writing (summarizing, argumentation, narrative)
- Problem solving (mathematics, hands-on puzzles and tasks)
These assessments are administered by supervised graduate students who are in training to be school psychologists. As such, results from these assessments are best used for determining instructional next steps for tutoring services and for informing parents and their child as they engage in discussions about approaches for strengthening literacy-based skills and strategies. Decisions about educational status at a school (e.g., determining eligibility for special education services) will require additional assessment support from a licensed school psychologist.
Hours of Operation:
Each instructional session lasts 45 minutes. We offer two sessions every weekday from Monday through Thursday:
- 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
- 4:30pm - 5:15 pm
There are no instructional sessions on Fridays. For a complete acount of our schedule, please see our Contact information.
In-depth assessments take 60-90 minutes to complete and are scheduled according to the availability of our assessment specialists.
Costs for Services:
- A single instructional session= $35.00
- An in-depth assessment= $200.00
For requested private (Individual) tutoring sessions, there is an additional cost of $15.00 per session.
If you are interested in any of our services, please contact us.