Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic

reading-clinic-webThe 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.

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Fall 2014 tutoring dates

Tutoring dates in Fall are Tuesday and Thursdays at 5:15 pm – 6:30 pm from September 16 – November 18.

Parents and families — enrolling a student

There are two options for enrolling a student:

  1. Use the online registration form.
  2. Print and mail a Fall 2014 paper registration form (doc).

Forms for new students

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

Typing your name on the form is considered to be your signature. This gives reading clinic personnel permission to discuss your child’s progress and previous testing with you.

About the Clinic

The Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic is a non-profit educational service that is operated by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction within the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University. The clinic has been offering assessment and instruction services for children who struggle with reading and writing for many years. It serves an estimated 60-70 school-aged children per year in Ames and the surrounding communities.

Clinic services offered

The Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic offers tutoring assistance in reading for children in 1st through 12th grade. ISU graduate and undergraduate students specializing in reading assessment and instruction, and supervised by literacy faculty, serve as tutors. Instruction provided is designed to build confidence while improving children’s reading skills and strategies.

Clinic schedule of services

Tutoring services are offered during the fall and spring semesters as well as in the summer:
  • During the spring semester, tutoring sessions are offered for 75 minutes per session twice a week for 12-14 weeks.
  • During the summer semester, tutoring sessions are offered for 90 minutes per session, four times a week for four weeks.

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.

Clinic service fees

The cost of the tutoring is $100. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Please contact the coordinator for more information on applying for scholarship assistance.
  • Contact Information

    Diana Schmidt

  • Clinic Mission

    The dual mission of the Duffelmeyer Reading Improvement Clinic is to:

    • Prepare teacher candidates (pre-service and in-service) to work as classroom teachers and reading specialists in schools and communities.
    • Serve the needs of children with reading difficulties through individualized tutoring assistance.
  • Follow Teacher Education