The Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic offers tutoring in reading for children who are entering 1st through 12th grades. Tutoring sessions are conducted by advanced students in reading and related areas under the guidance of the literacy education faculty. The literacy faculty also provides outreach services in family and community literacy through ISU Extension activities.
June 8 - June 25
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
There are two options for enrolling a student:
The following forms are for children who have been accepted into the program:
Parents, please view and complete the Parent Information Form.
If your child has had previous testing, we would like to review their reports, as it helps with our tutoring. To give permission for these tests to be sent to the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic, complete the Previous Testing Permission Form.
All tutoring occurs on campus in classroom space monitored by School of Education staff and faculty. Tutors work closely with parents via periodic notes and individual conferences to communicate progress.
For questions regarding the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic, please contact Diana Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Fred Duffelmeyer taught at the College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction beginning in 1979 and retired in 2004. He died January 29, 2005
Dr. Duffelmeyer’s impressive professional accomplishments have directly and indirectly positively touched the lives of thousands of young readers. Both his research and his teaching were centered upon improving reading instruction, and he leaves a strong legacy in this area. Throughout his career, his commitment to improving reading instruction never wavered, and there was strong synergy among his teaching, research and service work. Early in his career, he founded the ISU Reading Improvement Clinic, a clinic that is still thriving today. After his death, the clinic was renamed the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic. Over more than two decades, this clinic has provided reading support for hundreds of young readers and reading teaching experience for hundreds of young teachers.
Throughout his career, Fred was an active and productive scholar. He has published more than 50 journal articles on his research in reading. Fred was also very willing to share his research expertise with younger colleagues working on the challenge of promotion and tenure. He was always a willing reader and gentle critic of the work of others, and made large contributions to the research successes of many of his colleagues.
A truly outstanding teacher who spent long hours on lesson and curriculum preparation, Fred was admired and respected by his students. Students appreciated the energy and care he brought to his teaching. Students characterized Fred as an exceptionally knowledgeable and well-prepared teacher and cite the amazing amount they learned in his class. Phrases like “best teacher I have had at ISU”, “incredible knowledge of teaching reading,” “always well prepared and unbelievably organized” and “brings knowledge from his work with children” were regulars on Fred’s student evaluations. The strongest themes from his student’s comments centered on their appreciation for the amount they learned about effective reading instruction in his class.
Fred was an active and valued colleague in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at ISU. He was known for his insightful, informed and calm contributions at faculty meetings. One colleague recalled Fred’s leadership of our Department Undergraduate Studies committee and how he was able to turn meetings into thoughtful, intellectual interchanges focused on program improvement rather than “following rules”.
In addition to his professional achievements, Fred was a talented pianist and artist. His beautiful photographs of the Iowa State University campus hang in the offices of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Fred was also an active and enthusiastic participant in department social events. He was an enthusiastic member of the department bridge group and was well known for his expertise in bridge. He also was a talented faculty softball player and played first base on the department team, leading the team to its first intramural championship.
Colleagues also remember Fred as a family man who derived great joy from the adventures and accomplishments of Emily, Andy and Barb. It wasn’t Fred’s style to brag-----but if you asked about one of them, he would light up as he described an athletic accomplishment, new major, or professional success.
From the Memorial Resolutions, Iowa State University Faculty Senate, April 26, 2005.