Campus: Monterey Bay -- March 15, 2007

CSUMB’s Reading Center opens Anonymous donor’s gift of $2.5 million made it possible

The Center for Reading Diagnosis and Instruction at California State University, Monterey Bay opened on Thursday, March 15.

"An anonymous philanthropist had a vision and made a $2.5 million gift to establish this state-of-the-art reading center at CSUMB,” said President Dianne Harrison.

"The center serves the entire community with its focus on providing crucial reading diagnosis and instruction to our kindergarten through 12th-grade students, involving and supporting their families, and providing professional training and a master's degree program for our teachers.

"This is the only reading program of its kind in the entire California State University system,” said Dr. Harrison.

In addition to providing assessment and instruction for youngsters who face reading challenges, the center offers training for educators in reading, language and literacy.

“We want to be a partner with the local schools, a resource for classroom teachers who need somewhere to turn for help in dealing with complex reading and literacy issues,” said Lou Denti, professor of special education at CSUMB and director of the center.

English- and Spanish-speaking youngsters will be served.

“When children have difficulty reading, not only do they have a harder time achieving in all subject areas, but they might suffer from self-esteem problems,” said Denti.

“It affects every area of academic and social life in school and beyond. That’s why this center is an important resource to the tri-county area.”

In addition, the center will host a summer institute for educators to share the latest developments and best practices in reading and literacy instruction. This year’s will be held Aug. 1-4 at Portola Plaza hotel in Monterey.

A summer reading camp for youngsters entering the fourth, fifth and sixth grades is planned for July 9-27, focusing on reading improvement and reading enrichment and incorporating music and drama.

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