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About the Literacy Center

The Literacy Center offers clinical diagnosis and tutoring for K-12 students who need help with literacy skills.

Teachers in this program are graduate students completing their Literacy Specialist certification and/or master’s degree in education. Most are practicing teachers. After school tutors are practicing teachers or college seniors or juniors majoring in education. All teachers and tutors work under the guidance of experts in the reading field. The Literacy Center provides programs for K-12 students throughout the year. All programs provide reports and parent conferences. The Literacy Center is part of the Buffalo State Teacher Education Unit.

To Apply, email Keli Garas-York

 

Director

Dr. Keli Garas-York

Phone: (716) 878-5917
Fax: (716) 878-6033 attn: Literacy Center
Email: garasyka@buffalostate.edu

 

 

Alpha Upsilon Alpha

"Lege sapere aude - Dare to be wise"  ~the Alpha Upsilon Alpha motto

Alpha Upsilon Alpha (AUA) is the honor society of the International Reading Association.  Its purpose is to recognize scholarship, to develop personal and professional leadership qualities, and to encourage service to the field of reading education. 

Established in 1985, the honor society derives its name from the Greek words Anagnosis (reading), Upotrophia (scholarship), and Archon (leadership.) 

Buffalo State sponsors the Alpha Iota chapter of AUA.  Our membership includes faculty, students, and graduates of the literacy specialist program.

Each year the Alpha Iota chapter gives an action research award to the outstanding action research project conducted in the seminar in reading, EDU 655, the final course in the literacy specialist program.  Finalists are selected by the seminar instructors and forwarded to an awards committee comprised of chapter members for evaluation and selection of the year’s award winner.

Past Action Research Award Winners and Papers

2011 Action Research Award

Samantha Maciejewski
2011 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Winner
How does Procedural Writing Influence Mathematics Achievement? (877kb)

2010 Action Research Awards

Chelsea Zinck
2010 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Winner
How do Literature Discussions Differ among Gender-Based Groups? (121.49 kb)

Robert Polino
2010 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
Using iPods to improve student fluency in a buddy reading partnership (111.74 kb)

Pamela Pane
2009 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
How Does the Use of Blogs Impact Student Motivation for Literature Discussions? (77.45 kb)

2009 Action Research Awards

Emilie Sears
2009 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Winner
Painting and Poetry: Third Graders Who are Struggling Writers Create Free-Form Poems Inspired by their Paintings  (1824 kb)

Jennifer Alderfer
2009 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
Autism and Reading  (98 kb)

Carilyn Chauby
2009 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
Providing Books Related to Students' Personal Interest: A Case Study of Four Successful Readers  (119 kb)

Lisa Helmbrecht
2009 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Literacy Acquisition  (140 kb)

Kate Sarzyniak
2009 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
The Effects of Various Feedback Systems  (109 kb)

2008 Action Research Awards

Amanda Grzybowki
2008 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Winner
The Effects of Peer Conferencing on the Confidence and Writing Quality of Struggling Middle School Writers  (126kb)

Kimberly Gugino
2008 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
The Effects of Co-Teaching on Reading Engagement of 5th Grade Special Education Students  (94kb)

Stephanie Whitford
2008 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Action Research Award Finalist
A Case Study: Do Literature Circles Have a Positive Effect on the Motivation of Struggling Fourth-grade Readers?(155kb)

Elementary Education and Reading

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Bacon Hall 302
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5916 •  Fax: Fax: (716) 878-6033

elementaryed@buffalostate.edu
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