The Daily Herald recognizes
Roosevelt University Summer Reading Clinic

30th anniversary celebrated in 2017

Read the article in the Daily Herald 
Daily Herald

How it all began:

The New Balanced Literacy program started as a Summer Reading Clinic initiative in 1987 through Roosevelt University. Every summer this program provides literacy instruction to primary school children and allows for student teachers to apply textbook knowledge in a real-world setting. It was here that we began the journey of developing a best practice model that now captures all of the components for a new balanced literacy program
Please browse through our photos found at the bottom of this page. These photos have been taken throughout the years of the reading clinic. They are a great way to see how the program has developed, ideas for your classroom and school, and how much FUN our students had!

For questions or additional information on how to get a student involved in the clinic, please use our Contact Form


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Summer Reading Provides

What does Summer reading look like in a New Balanced Literacy School?

Strong support is needed school-wide: 
  • The literacy team and grade-level teams should discuss ideas for a summer reading initiative 
  • Schools that develop and organized plan to carry out summer reading initiative have more success
  • Plan for a weekly visit to the school for book pickup by the children
  • Establish a central location and time for book checkout
  • Alternate mornings and afternoon visits to accommodate student and parent schedules
  • Have an incentive program in place for those that participate
  • Work with your public library on special arrangements like a weekly bookmobile visit to the school over the summer
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What does Summer reading look like in a New Balanced Literacy School?

Strong support is needed school-wide: 
  • The literacy team and grade-level teams should discuss ideas for a summer reading initiative 
  • Schools that develop and organized plan to carry out summer reading initiative have more success
  • Plan for a weekly visit to the school for book pickup by the children
  • Establish a central location and time for book checkout
  • Alternate mornings and afternoon visits to accommodate student and parent schedules
  • Have an incentive program in place for those that participate
  • Work with your public library on special arrangements like a weekly bookmobile visit to the school over the summer
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