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Read to Succeed Plus Reading Academy

Read to Succeed Reading Academy Grades 1-6

Fall 21 Registration begins September 16, 2021 and closes September 24, 2021

Updates for Fall 2021 Reading Academy Regarding the COVID 19 Pandemic

  • Tutoring sessions will be in person
  • Tutoring sessions will be 45 minutes in length and held twice a week
  • Tutoring sessions will begin the week of October 11, 2021 and end the week of December 6, 2021
  • Tutoring sessions will be held;
    • Monday and Wednesday:
      • Option 1/3:45-4:30
      • Option 2/4:30-5:15
    • Tuesday and Thursday
      • Option 3/3:45-4:30
      • Option 4/4:30-5:15
  • Students who have been recommended by their classroom teacher will have first priority
  • Students who miss more than two sessions and are not made up at a later date will be asked to exit the program to allow for another student to participate who is on the waiting list
  • Parents and guardians will need to complete the online registration form and submit by September 24 , 2021
  • Students will be provided a mask with a plastic section around the mouth and asked to clean after each use and bring to each tutoring session
  • Tutors will wear an adult version of what the students will be wearing
  • Parents and guardians are asked to wear a mask while in Scully Building
  • If a student needs to quarantine, parent or guardian must contact Dr. Debra Porter and she will inform the tutor
  • If a tutor needs to quarantine, parents or guardians will be notified and can make the decision to quarantine their child
  • All tutoring sessions will be held in Scully Building
  • Each tutor will clean area before and after tutoring along with any materials used by the student
  • Thanksgiving week there will be no tutoring (November 22-26)

Reading Academy

The Elementary, Early and Special Education Department at Southeast Missouri State University is dedicated in providing literary support to children in grades one through six. Read to Succeed Plus after school Reading Academy, located in Scully Building, provides struggling readers an environment that allows them to take risks and build confidence as they develop literacy skills to become proficient readers. The Read to Succeed Plus (R2S+) Reading Academy provides services to families in the Southeast Missouri region.

Read to Succeed Plus Reading Academy is affiliated with the Elementary, Early and Special Education Department in the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. R2S+ is a site for developing exemplary teaching practices in the area of literacy instruction and specifically working with children who are not reading at their given grade level. R2S+ is dedicated to supporting teacher candidates through experiential learning and collaboration. In addition, The College of Education, Health and Human Studies uses this site for conducting state of the art research in order to create teachers who excel in literacy instruction.

R2S+ offers weekly individual literacy instruction by teacher candidates who are in the last semester before they student teach. Instructional sessions and teacher candidates are supervised by university instructors. The program is modeled on a Balanced Literacy approach that includes guided reading, phonemic awareness, word work and phonics instruction, writing about reading, fluency, speaking and listening, comprehension and vocabulary instruction. Teacher candidates use technology to enhance their instruction and the learning experience of the student. Teacher candidates will also plan and implement direct and explicit instruction in order for students to maximize their knowledge and develop skills to become proficient readers and writers.

Reading Academy

In order to best meet the needs of the students, R2S+ teacher candidates administer a series of assessments in the area of literacy. After assessments have been completed, teacher candidates and the university supervisor analyze the assessments to create a detailed Literacy Profile that establishes the student's reading and writing strengths. This profile gives parents individualized recommendations to support literacy development. In addition, this evaluation provides guidance to the teacher candidates when delivering instruction to students.

Additional Information

What's Offered
  • Tutoring sessions for children in grades 1 through 6
  • One-to-one 1 hour, twice a week sessions
  • Outstanding teacher candidates who are majoring in elementary education
  • Individualized assessment and instruction
  • Instruction based on the specific reading needs for each child
  • Progress reports to families on the work each child does in R2S+
  • Recommendations at the end of the semester
  • End of the semester conferences
  • The child and his or her caregiver will attend each week
  • They will participate together in home assignments
  • On-going communication with the teacher candidate

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Scully 313

Dept. of Elem., Early & Special Edu.
One University Plaza, MS 5575
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701