Donald D. Durrell Reading/Writing Clinic Tutoring

Program Director
Jeanne R. Paratore
Contact Person
Evelyn Ford-Connors 
(617) 358-0910
Mailing Address
2 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Program URL 
The Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic (RWC) at Boston University serves elementary and middle school students who experience difficulty with reading and writing. Students who enroll in the program have a range of learning profiles: some struggle just a bit, while others experience severe reading and writing difficulty. Some have specific educational needs, while others are not eligible in their respective schools for special support services in reading and writing. Some do reasonably well in reading but struggle with writing.

Students who attend the RWC are evaluated in six key domains of literacy using a collection of research-validated informal and formal assessments. Based on the results of these assessment results, an individualized tutoring plan is designed that builds on students’ identified strengths while addressing their needs with instructional approaches that lead to improved reading and writing proficiency. Teachers who are experts in literacy provide all instruction.
The RWC offers 4 sessions during each calendar year: two terms that meet on Saturday mornings during the academic year, and two 3-week terms that meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings during the summer.

The RWC is also available to School of Education faculty and students as a site for observing best practices in literacy instruction.

(Partial scholarships may be available)

Fall session $1690.00

Spring session $1950.00

Summer session 1 $1950.00

Summer session 2 $1950.00

Both Summer sessions $3800.00

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Program Participants In Schools
  • Teachers
  • Principals
  • Students
  • Parents

  • BU Faculty
  • Undergrads
  • Graduates

Grade Levels
  • K-5
  • Grades 6-8

Participating School Districts
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • Chelsea Public Schools
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Watertown Public Schools
  • Other: Any
Participating BU Schools and Colleges
  • School of Education
Program Focus
  • After-School and Out-of-School Programming
  • Academic Support: English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Academic Support: English Language Learners (ELL)
Research Component Best practices in literacy intervention.
External Funding Other Non-government Agency: Private
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