In the United States today, some 30 million adults are functionally illiterate, reading below the sixth-grade level. RadioRotary interviews Sam Slotnick, the Literacy Center Coordinator at the State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz), who works with with a program that brings together teachers who are becoming specialists in reading with elementary or high-school students with reading problems. For the teachers, it is part of their MS degree in Literacy Education. For the students it is a chance to be in a one-to-one (or one-to-few) learning program at a nominal cost. The program begins with a free assessment of reading for individual students. Then about fifty to seventy students from around the Hudson Valley enter the program for either a spring or a summer term. Mr. Slotnick offers this advice to parents: Read to your children; read topics that interest the child; and take your children frequently to the local library.
Literacy Center at SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/literacycenter/
Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley: http://www.literacyconnections.org/
Master of Science in Literacy Education--SUNY New Paltz: https://www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed/master-of-science-in-literacy-education/
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