Reading Center

Medaille College's Reading Center

Medaille's Reading Center offers literacy instruction to students in grades Pre K-12. Literacy Specialists provide individualized instruction to children one-on-one and in small group settings.

Tutors complete a full battery of informal assessment in the areas of reading, writing and word study before beginning instruction. Children receive individualized instruction designed to meet their distinct needs and parents are provided with a report reflecting their child's developmental levels and areas of strengths and need at the end of the semester.

Whether participants need intensive instruction or a semester of support to accelerate learning, our method of utilizing assessment-driven instruction meets the developmental needs of the children in our center in a unique and effective way. Sessions include tutoring focusing on word recognition, decoding skills, comprehension strategies, fluency instruction, vocabulary development, word study and an emphasis on teaching writing skills.

Children respond well to the individualized instruction and attention they receive in the center. Possibly one of the most important areas of improvement we see is in their confidence and motivation!



*New for Fall 2019* Students with Disabilities Tutoring Program

Medaille’s Students with Disabilities Tutoring Program is moving to the Medaille campus for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Students in grades 1 through 12 who receive special education services are eligible for tutoring.  An IEP or Section 504 plan must be submitted with registration for the program.  Teacher candidates in our MSED Students with Disabilities Program will work with participants under the supervision of a Special Education faculty member. Participants will have the opportunity to work on IEP goals in a variety of content areas as well as self-advocacy, behavioral needs, and functional and daily living skills. For further information, contact: Dr. Cornelia Jacob

Reading Center Schedule

We offer three sessions throughout the year in the fall, spring and summer. Sessions run for 12 weeks during the fall and spring semesters and for 7 weeks during the summer. Days and times for each session are listed below.

Fall & Spring Sessions:

All students Grades Pre-K-12
Tuesdays/ Thursdays (4:30-5:30 p.m.)

Summer Sessions:
July- second week of August                       

All Students:
Tuesdays / Thursdays (9-10:45)

Small Groups
Tuesdays/ Thursdays (Time TBD)
Medaille College Library (Fees are determined by group)

Registration Fees: (Not including small group sessions)
(Reading Center only)



Students with Disabilities Tutoring Schedule

Fall & Spring Sessions:

All students Grades 1-12
Mondays/ Wednesdays (4:30-5:30)


Click here to download the Students with Disabilities Tutoring Program Application (PDF)



Early Registration Fees:
(Early registration dates 8/1, 12/1, 6/1)
$95 — one child (regular fee: $100)
$140 — two children (regular fee: $150)
$200 — three children (regular fee: $210)
Checks made payable to Medaille College. Deposits are non-refundable


Click here to download the Reading Center application (PDF)

Please allow 2-3 weeks after submitting an application to receive notice of application, registration deadlines and start dates. At time of registration a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required. For questions all La'Wain Reed at 880-2810.


The Reading Center is located at 77 Humboldt Parkway, the third house from the entrance to the Buffalo Campus. Parking is available in the front lot, directly in front of the Main Building, and behind the Humboldt houses on the campus side. As you enter the Buffalo Campus, make a left just after the stop sign for marked visitor parking. Review the Campus Map  PDF  for additional information.


Contact Information

La' Wain Reed
Division of Education
(716) 880-2810

Michelle Cefaratti
Reading Center Director

Reading Center Application (PDF)

Students with Disabilities Tutoring Program

Dr. Cornelia Jacob,

Students with Disabilities Tutoring Program Application (PDF)

Parent Resources

Advice from PBS
Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Rockets

Literacy Websites for Kids

Reading A-Z

Children's Books Author Sites

Jan Brett
Tomie Depaola
Mary Pope Osborne
J.K. Rowling
Dr. Seuss

Our Students and Tutors
Two Medaille graduates, Kristy Giardina and Katie Pomeranski, participated in our reading program. See their thoughts on the education program at Medaille in videos posted to Youtube.

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