CLaRI offer both diagnostic and instructional services.
Diagnostic reading evaluations are conducted twice each year: once in the fall (late October/early November) and once in the spring (late March/early April). Children receiving diagnostic reading evaluations come to CLaRI for up to three hours on two consecutive Saturdays, for a total of 6 hours. The diagnostic evaluation consists of a variety of assessments to determine a child’s instructional reading level – that is, the reading level at which instruction should occur. The evaluation also determines a child’s decoding, spelling, writing, vocabulary, and comprehension development. The results of the evaluation allow CLaRI clinicians to create developmentally appropriate and individualized literacy instruction for each child. Several weeks after the diagnostic evaluation, a diagnostic report, summarizing all findings and providing instructional goals for literacy tutoring, is mailed to parents. It is also possible to discuss the results of the diagnostic evaluation, in person, with the Associate Director.
Tutoring is offered 3 times each year: fall (early September to early December), spring (early February to early May), and summer (early July to early August).
PLEASE NOTE: CLaRI is *not* affiliated in any way with the “Institute for Reading Development” which is an out-of-state, for-profit institute. In contrast CLaRI is a non-profit center at UB that has served hundreds of children and families in WNY for 50 years. For a comparison click here.
AFTER-SCHOOL, INTENSIVE TUTORING sessions occur on-site at CLaRI. For 12 weeks, children come to CLaRI two times a week (Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays) for intensive, one-on-one tutoring. Each tutoring session is 75 minutes in length, for a total of 150 minutes of tutoring each week. Tutoring is always held from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Children receive instruction from the same clinician or clinical team during their 12-week session. In many cases, the clinician or clinicians who administered the diagnostic evaluation also provides instruction. Each child also has his or her own personalized tutoring space, where only he or she receives tutoring. After tutoring, parents receive an extensive report detailing their child’s instruction, academic progress, and suggestions for further instruction. CLaRI is a small reading center dedicated to helping children struggling with reading and writing. As such, we have limited enrollment for after-school, intensive tutoring.
SATURDAY ONE-TO-ONE READING & WRITING SESSIONS: CLaRI offers Saturday morning tutoring during the fall and spring for children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade. Certified Literacy Specialists provide weekly, hour-long literacy sessions that use authentic literature and best practices to tailor instruction to meet each child’s unique literacy and learning needs. The program begins Saturday, September 19th and runs through Saturday, December 5th. The last five minutes of every tutoring session is reserved for clinicians to speak to parents about the instruction provided during that lesson, homework (if desired), and their child’s literacy progress. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial assistance for Saturday morning tutoring.
SUMMER TUTORING CLaRI offers several summer programs, both on-site at CLaRI and off-site at local elementary schools. The tutoring available at local elementary schools invites children who attend those schools to participate in tutoring. Parents will receive letters inviting their children to participate in tutoring during the month of July.
CLaRI’s on-site summer program “One-to-one Reading & Writing Sessions” offers individualized tutoring to children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade. Certified Literacy Specialists provide weekly, hour-long literacy sessions that use authentic literature and best practices to tailor instruction to meet each child’s unique literacy and learning needs. The program runs for 5 weeks, starting the Monday following the 4th of July. The last five minutes of every tutoring session is reserved for clinicians to speak to parents about the instruction provided during that lesson, homework (if desired), and their child’s literacy progress. Families can decide to purchase one tutoring session (minimum number) to five tutoring sessions (maximum number) each week. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial assistance over the summer.