August 26, 1998

Contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-2706

or Jan Rosemergy, (615) 322-8240

Preventing reading failure is focus of breakfast

at Vanderbilt's Kennedy Center


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A program developed at Vanderbilt's John F. Kennedy Center that has been effective in helping children overcome obstacles to literacy will be discussed at a free breakfast, Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies - Reading (PALS- R) provides kindergarten through sixth-grade teachers with an effective and practical approach to accommodate the instructional needs of most of their students.

During the breakfast, Doug Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs, professors of special education at Vanderbilt, will describe their most recent research on PALS-R, which they developed with their colleagues and students over the past decade. Their study has involved a yearlong partnership with 33 kindergarten teachers in four Title I (high poverty) schools and four non-Title I schools in Metro. The Fuchs, who are co-directors of the Kennedy Center Institute on Learning Accommodations for Students with Special Needs, will talk about the research's implications for preventing reading failure among low- and middle-income children and students with and without disabilities.

"The importance of literacy to school and lifetime achievement is abundantly clear," said Doug Fuchs, who co-directs the Peabody Reading Clinic with Lynn Fuchs. He noted that 13 percent of America's graduating seniors are functionally illiterate, a statistic that does not account for the 30 percent of public school students who leave school before graduation.

The continental breakfast, which is free and open to the public, will be in Room 241 of the MRL Building on the Peabody campus. Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program getting underway at 7:45 a.m. Interested persons are asked to make reservations by calling 322-8240 by Sept. 14.


Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

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