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Whitworth University Literacy Center

The Whitworth Literacy Center is a primary site for training graduate and undergraduate students who are earning endorsements in special education or reading through Whitworth University.

The literacy center provides assessment of academic skills and individualized and small-group instruction for elementary-aged students . . .

  • who have academic goals on their IEPs
  • who are learning English as a second language
  • or who are at risk of academic failure.

A certified special education teacher manages classroom activities, and a Whitworth University faculty member supervises practicum and advanced practicum students. An after-school program is offered during fall and spring semester. The teaching focus is on reading and language arts using Direct Instruction curriculum materials and positive motivation systems. Teachers work with each child's teacher to assist with homework assignments. The six-week Whitworth Summer Literacy Center is also held each year, addressing all subjects.

Application and advanced registration are necessary, and enrollment is limited. Obtain application materials by contacting Sarah Seidel at sseidel@whitworth.edu or 509.777.3229.