The Reading and Writing Workshop is open to all students who want to become better readers and writers. Students are tutored on the Gorham Campus for four weeks, four days a week, two and a half hours per day, beginning at 9:45 a.m. ending at 12:15 p.m. Sessions are held Monday through Thursday.
Everyone is celebrated as a member of the literacy club. Students select their own books and decide on writing topics that have special interest for them. They receive lots of positive feedback. It is not unusual for some students to experience dramatic gains in their literacy over the summer. Students genuinely enjoy the summer experience and often regret when the program ends. Students work in small groups with a tutor.
The workshop is a six-credit hour internship for graduate students who are completing masters' degrees in Literacy Education. These students are experts in literacy development. Many are highly successful, experienced teachers. They are required to assess the reading and writing development of their students and plan literacy programs based upon their needs and interests. They also model "strategic reading behaviors" and encourage their students to practice reading texts they will encounter in school. All phases of the instructional program are closely monitored by university faculty.
Only two students can be accepted for every graduate student tutor. A great deal of preparation goes into every tutoring session. For this reason, we can only accept students who are willing to commit themselves for the four-week period. THERE CAN BE NO VACATIONS OR ABSENCES. The program requires a great COMMITMENT from everyone, faculty, students and parents.
We cannot admit students until the Registrar notifies us of the number of graduate students who have enrolled for the course. We are usually able to accept children beginning in June. We regret this uncertainty. Please be patient! The average enrollment is twenty-five graduate student tutors and fifty students.
The cost is $135.00. Student fees are used to purchase books and materials. Payment is due when you receive notification of your acceptance. Checks should be made payable to the University of Southern Maine.
|Click to download the 2013 APPLICATION FORM|
Return application form(s) to: Reading and Writing Workshop c/o Literacy, Language and Culture Department, USM, 37 College Ave, 218A Bailey Hall, Gorham, ME 04038.
Be sure that the application form contains all the information requested as this data will be used by our staff to assess your child's need to attend the workshop.
The application form is in an Adobe PDF format. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can donwload it by clicking here.
|2013 Timeline of Events|
|March 4, 2013||Application period begins|
|Mid May||Application review begins|
|First week of June||Acceptance letters are mailed|
|June 3, 2013; 6:30pm||Parent's Orientation Meeting, Room 301 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus|
|June 24, 2013||Workshop begin; payment in full is due|
|July 18, 2013||Workshop ends, Award Ceremony 301/301C Bailey Hall|
Note: Course and workshop dates are determined, in part, by public school schedules. We have tentative dates for the beginning of the course and workshop, however these dates may change once we know when public schools will be closing, since schools have experienced a number of snow days this winter.
Please check back to this site often for updates or contact us.
For More Information or Questions:
Literacy Education Program
218A Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus
Phone: (207) 780-5456