(Oct. 12, 2011) -- An inviting and colorful reading resource center is on the third floor of the Buena Vista Street Building at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The Reading Place, or Plaza de Lectura, as it is more commonly known to the families it serves, is perhaps one of San Antonio's best-kept secrets.
"For a nominal fee of just $25, local children can receive up to 10 weeks of one-on-one reading and writing tutoring through our Roadrunner Readers program," said Teresa Sellers, UTSA Reading Place director. "The program has historically proven to be a win-win. Local students get the customized attention they need to advance their reading and writing skills, and UTSA students seeking teaching certification get a chance to put the teaching techniques they have learned into practice."
Since its founding in 1999, the Reading Place has provided reading and writing support for more than 1,500 San Antonio children. Each semester, the center accepts new children ages four years through grade six into its tutoring program. At the start of the semester, qualified UTSA students assess the children in literacy and writing. Following the assessments, the children receive one-on-one instruction tailored to their needs for one hour each week under the direction of UTSA faculty. At the close of the program, parents receive progress reports from their child's tutor.
To support its unique tutoring program, Plaza de Lectura features a collection of leveled readers for pre-school through ninth grade reading levels. The collection includes fiction, nonfiction, Spanish books, bilingual books and big books, along with literacy games, alphabet boards, dry-erase boards, puppets and other literacy tools. The facility also houses computers to help readers develop their reading skills.
The Reading Place is open for walk-in use by UTSA students enrolled in teacher certification courses, UTSA faculty and the families of the center's Roadrunner Readers. Hours are:
Tutoring sessions require advance registration and are full for the fall semester. Spring semester applications will be available toward the end of the calendar year at the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching website. For more information, call 210-458-2649.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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