Anderson Reading Clinic

Doctoral Student, Ashley Pennell looks on as a graduate student works with a young reader

The Anderson Reading Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Devery Ward, provides direct service to children with reading problems. Each child receives approximately 15 hours of one-to- one reading and writing instruction. The Clinic, based on the Appalachian campus, has operated additional off-campus branches in Davie County, Burke County, and Yadkin County. An important function of the Reading Clinic is to train expert teachers of reading to work in public schools. In the Clinic, Appalachian State education students (undergraduate and graduate) learn to teach reading by "doing it" – by teaching children directly while receiving guidance and constructive feedback from the experienced clinic supervisory staff. The hands-on teaching experience or clinical training is the most effective way to develop effective reading teachers for our public schools. The Appalachian State Reading Clinic remains the only university-based clinic in North Carolina that offers year-round teacher training, along with diagnostic and remedial reading services to children in the community.


Clinic Contacts:

Dr. Devery Ward, Anderson Reading Clinic Director