Family Literacy Center

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What we do

Family Literacy CenterNiagara University’s College of Education’s Family Literacy Center provides a valuable community resource for diagnosing and remediating reading difficulties, while also facilitating literacy development. Families will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and technology, the most current research based practices, and evidence based interventions. Services are provided by graduate students in the Advanced Literacy Program, under the direct supervision of university faculty, who are experts in the field of literacy instruction. All programs align with the New York State Common Core Standards and the International Reading Association (IRA) Standards.


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Family Literacy Events

Our family literacy events bring together parents and their children to celebrate literacy. Games and activities are designed to encourage literacy development, and can be easily incorporated into family routines. Each event is tailored to its specific audience, no two events are alike!

Meet The Director

Dr. Kathleen McGrathDr. Kathleen McGrath received a BA in English and Elementary Education from Niagara University and an MA in Literacy from SUNY at Buffalo. She completed her doctoral studies at SUNY at Buffalo and received a PhD in Literacy Education. She taught both the primary and elementary grades in the Sweet Home School District from 1993-2006. She also has worked in the clinical setting at the Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction, SUNY Buffalo and was responsible for the supervision of graduate level students during their clinical practicum.

Dr. McGrath’s research has focused on family literacy, struggling readers, and teacher training in diagnostic assessment and clinical instruction.

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