UCF reading clinics and camps, developed by reading and language arts education faculty members, promote effective literacy instruction in education. The camps and clinics continuous impact includes:

  • Access to high-quality literacy instruction year-round.
  • Literacy instruction woven into teacher education coursework to offer authentic professional experiences for teacher candidates.
  • Reading and writing enrichment opportunities that engage students through a combination of literacy instruction, visual arts and technology.
  • Building links with communities in support of literacy.
  • Developing collaborations with local districts and schools to promote quality literacy instruction.
  • Promoting family literacy development.
  • Providing context for focused research by UCF faculty and graduate students.

We collaborate with local school districts, the City of Orlando and community centers. Organizations interested in collaborating with UCF reading clinics and camps may contact Dr. Michelle Kelley or Dr. Taylar Wenzel.

UCF Reading Clinics for K-6 Students

Would your child benefit from more one-to-one and small group instruction in reading and writing? Would you like additional information about your child's reading performance and at-home suggestions? The college offers reading clinics for K-6 students each semester. During the clinics, your child is paired with teacher education students for individualized support in developing their reading, writing and thinking abilities. The final session includes a parent conference with suggested at-home activities. Reading and language arts faculty supervise all clinics, offered on two campuses: UCF Main Campus and UCF South Lake Campus in Clermont.

For Fall 2020, both campuses UCF Reading Clinics for K-6 will be offered remotely for a special Fall Reading Buddies Virtual Book Club. K-6 students will receive weekly support and assistance from a UCF teacher candidate (reading buddy) under the supervision of reading education faculty members.

Fall Reading Buddies Virtual Book Clubs

UCF Main Campus
Wednesdays, October 7 - 28, 2020
4:45 - 5:30 p.m.
Registration closes September 30, 2020
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Taylar Wenzel
Questions: Kristan Priske

UCF South Lake Campus in Clermont
Thursdays, October 8 - 29, 2020
5:45 - 6:30 p.m.
Registration closes October 1, 2020
Faculty Supervisor: Marni Kay

UCF Saturday Reading Camp

The School of Teacher Education, in collaboration with the City of Orlando, operates a unique reading camp where children grades K-6 receive free tutoring in reading from UCF teacher candidates in the elementary education program. In addition, parents participate in a parent education program focused on helping their child improve their reading at home.

For Fall 2020, the UCF Saturday Reading Camp will be offered as a blended face-to-face/remote model, where UCF teacher candidates will provide live interaction for reading support and literature-rich activities. The camp will provide take-home literacy kits available for pick-up every two weeks at the Callahan Neighborhood Center.

For more information, contact Dr. Taylar Wenzel.

Digital Storytelling Camp

Every summer, the college offers a digital storytelling camp. Students in grades K-6 combine literacy, visual arts and technology while embarking on reading adventures. Three separate weekly sessions are available. The final session includes a parent celebration where students showcase their digital stories.

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Taylar Wenzel
Questions: Kristan Priske

Reading Clinic Directors

Michelle Kelley, Ed.D.

Professor

Reading Education

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Taylar Wenzel, Ed.D.

Associate Lecturer

Elementary Education

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