July 23, 1980
USC & National Charity League
Partner in Campus Reading Center
By Dr. Howard Hobbs, Staff Reading Specialist
LOS ANGELES -- Professor Grayce Ransom of The USC School of Education
maintains two reading center programs this Summer. The Campus Reading
Center is located on the 6th Floor of Waite-Phillips Hall.
The other is The National Charity League-USC Reading Center at
the 500 Hollywood Blvd. location, an administrative center with staff
and classrooms for students receiving scholarships.
Besidues instruction in social science, math, physical
science and reading, the school programs offoer sports, art
and counseling for its 37 adult students. Annual tuition of $6,037 is
covered through various forms of financial assistance, partly through
The curriculum was developed by Dr. Ransom and features an indivisualized
system of learning strands. Each starns focusses attention on a reading
Classroom activity emphasizes critical reading skills and attention to
word origins and usage to aid in developing increased comprehension. Teachers
in the program are required to have Reading Specialist certification from
the State Department of Education in Sacramento.
Because many students acepted for participation inthe Readinbg Program
have had personal frustration and failure in school reading programs,
Reading Center teachers and assistants must accredited to work in educational
Dr. Ransom is often quoted as saying, "Some students come here
because they are so ashamed because they can't read that they go into
a shell and are afraid to talk to the other students."
One student told me, "I used to be a bully to the others here. But,
when I learend how to read, I made some good friens here!" Dr. Ransom
has encouraged reading educators to forsake mass reading instruction techniques
and to concentrate, instead on the individual srudent."We must personalize
reading instruction if we hope to improve the quality of our schools and
our citizens," she said.
The Ransom Reading Series was extensively field tested in Fresno
schools and other California school districts in the 1970's. That system
refined a method for finding out what reading and writing skills
students have mastered and then helped teachers prescribe those
lessons and experiences may still be needed. Her new book, "Preparing
To Teach Reading" was published last year by the Little, Brown.
Dr. Ransom and this writer jointly prepared the Final Draft
of the California State Reading Framework for the public schools
which was published by the CA State Department of Educatoin earlier this
[Editor's Note: The USC School of Education
recently became an "institutional affiliate" of the American
Education Research Assoc. As an affiliate, USC willl be able to participate
in a network of information about pending legislation and will join with
other universities on behalf of policies supportive of educational research.
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