The Reading Instruction, Support, and Education Center
Formerly Center for Assessment and Reading Education
"Since reading is the foundation for all learning, to improve a child's reading ability
is to improve his or her overall academic achievement."
--Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Founder
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Center Operating Information
Location: Frank Brown Hall (COEHP), Room 1060 (first floor, former Ledger-Enquirer building)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Our mission is to encourage socially just reading education practices that recognize children‘s literacy strengths and needs, and differentiate instruction accordingly. We strive to support undergraduate and graduate students as they participate in their reading, language arts, and children‘s literature coursework, as well as in their lab experiences. CARE also supports faculty teaching these courses by offering resources and equipment to enrich their curricula; and will increase our engagement with local public schools through upcoming programs.
- Children's Literature Grades K-5 (PDF)
- Adolescent Literature (PDF)
- Reading and Other Assessment Kits (PDF)
- Technology and Diagnostic Instruments (PDF)
- Guided Reading
- Scholastic Guided Reading Program
- Leveled Readers
- Big Books
- Instructional Resources for Teachers
- Professional Textbooks
- Instructional Kits, Activity Lessons, CDs
- Manipulatives (PDF)
- Supplementary Reading Resources (PDF)
- Resources for Teaching English (PDF) for Speakers of Other Languages (PDF)
- Teacher and Faculty Reference Books (PDF)
Who We Are
The College of Education‘s Reading Instruction, Support, and Education (RISE) Center is a teaching library for students, teachers, and faculty. The Center offers a collection of children‘s literature, as well as a variety of instructional, diagnostic, and reference resources for elementary reading instruction and assessment. The library offers books that facilitate interdisciplinary connections with language arts, science, math, and social studies. Resources are also available for faculty, teachers, and students in special education and those working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners.
The RISE center offers book fairs, training workshops and informative presentations for Teacher Education students and faculty, in-service cooperating teachers, and the communities.
The Center's resources have been secured through grants, partnerships, contributions by the College of Education, Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling, and vendors (e.g. ETA Cuisenaire, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill).
Jennifer L. VanSlander, PhD, RISE Director
Assistant Professor of Literacy
Department of Teacher Education
Skakiatra Jackson, Manager
Dr. Sallie Miller established the RISE center as the Center for Assessment & Reading Education (CARE) in 1999. Under her direction, the Center provided teacher candidates and in-service teachers with extended opportunities for Service Learning. They learned about, applied reading assessment and intervention tools, and received training to offer effective diagnoses and appropriate interventions. Children in the community reading below grade level were the recipients of these services. Follow-up records and research documented participating children‘s reading improvement.
CARE also held book fairs, training workshops and informative presentations that involved Teacher Education students and faculty, in-service cooperating teachers, and the communities. The Center‘s resources have been secured through grants, partnerships, contributions by the College of Education, Department of Teacher Education, and selected vendors (e.g. ETA Cuisenaire, Scholastic, McGraw-Hill).
CARE received a generous donation of books from the estate of Dr. Jim Brewbaker, former educator and CSU faculty member. His legacy as a mentor and role model for educators continues through these texts. At the end of 2018, Dr. Pam Wetherington donated a collection of chapter books for young readers from her personal teaching library.
During the 2019-20 academic year, Dr. Mark McCarthy implemented a name change from CARE to RISE. This new name was intended to better acknowledge the student-centered stance of the Center, while also making assessment less prominent. While assessment is central to reading instruction and development, it is often associated with the larger educational trend of mass standardized testing. We do not endorse standardized tests, nor has research suggested that it in any way positively impacts reading development.