Clinic for Literacy
Fall 2020 Announcement
We are proud to announce we are running the Fall 2020 Literacy Camp. It will be held virtually. With the coronavirus in mind, we have created a helpful page of alternative activities, Learning Resources for Home Use.
Literacy Camps Offered Throughout the Year
The University of Arkansas Clinic for Literacy provides students opportunities for improved achievement in reading and writing. Teacher candidates serve students through analysis of literacy needs and intervention. Literacy coursework taught at the university is immediately applied through work with clients that supports school literacy experiences.
The UACL hosts literacy camps for kindergarten through sixth-grade students during the fall and spring semesters. A two-week literacy camp is also held during the summer months immediately prior to the beginning of the school year.
Each U of A candidate providing intervention for students understands the science of reading and the various difficulties students face in learning to read. Candidates are taught the principles of Response to Intervention (RtI) and how to best use formative assessment combined with evidence-based practices to make reading and writing gains with each student. The goal is to teach students strategies that align with what they are already learning in school and that can be transferred to other areas of achievement.
Enrollment has increased 70 percent from the UACL's inaugural Summer Reading Camp with nearly 35 percent of the students re-enrolling each semester.
The UACL serves students from multiple districts and private schools. Everyone is welcome! Past participants come from:
- West Fork
- Prism Education Center
- Providence Academy
- Homeschool families
"The UA Literacy Camp has been invaluable for my daughter who has always struggled
with reading. She now has a joy, confidence, and excitement for reading that has made
a lasting impact."
— Parent of a third-grade participant
"The UA Literacy Camp not only increased my son's fluency and comprehension, but tremendously
built his confidence."
— Parent of a fourth-grade participant
Heather D. Kindall, Ph.D.
Heather Kindall is an assistant professor. She serves as coordinator for the Childhood and Elementary Education degree program. Dr. Young is a former elementary school teacher and literacy coach. She has a Master of Science in Reading Education from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Young is trained in Connections OG in 3D, an evidence-based intervention specifically addressing phonemic awareness and phonics.
Linda H. Eilers, Ph.D.
Literacy Camp Director
Linda Eilers is a clinical professor in the Childhood and Elementary Education degree program. Dr. Eilers is a former elementary school teacher and gifted-curriculum coordinator. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education from Louisiana State University and a Master of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Eilers is trained in Connections OG in 3D. She serves on the board of directors of the Arkansas affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Rhett Hutchins, Ph.D.
UACL Technology Coordinator
Rhett Hutchins is a clinical assistant professor and coordinator of the Educational Studies degree program. Dr. Hutchins has a Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education from Clemson University, where he gained experience leading and working in their literacy clinic.