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Boys College Accepting Applications

By Rob Schroeder
June 13, 2018

The UIC Reading Clinic is offering a unique opportunity for boys to participate in its annual Boys College Summer Literacy Institute taught and supervised by university faculty and graduate students who have advanced training educating boys.

The Clinic is accepting applications for  boys who were in grades 3 or 4 during the 2017-18 school year to participate in the 3-week Boys College Summer Literacy Institute. The boys will attend an intensive summer course from 11am -1:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 10th – July 26th.  The boys must be able to attend all nine sessions. Each boy will receive $100 worth of books at the end of the institute. Lunch will be provided.

Two Black boys sit at a table, engaged in a writing activity at the 2017 Boys College.

About Boys College Summer Literacy Institute

Boys College Summer Literacy Institute, under the direction of UIC Professor Alfred Tatum, is designed to nurture and promote reading, writing, and intellectual development among boys in the elementary grades. The institute is designed for boys who are excellent readers and writers and those who struggle with reading and writing. The boys will read and write about contemporary research and events in fields of sociology, chemistry, mathematics, philosophy, humanities, law, engineering, biology, medicine, and economics during lessons designed for young boys. 

The boys will:

  1. Develop a stronger concept of reading 
  2. Improve decoding skills
  3. Improve reading fluency
  4. Improve reading comprehension
  5. Apply new vocabulary knowledge
  6. Write to demonstrate understanding of intellectually challenging readings
  7. Become smarter

Each boy selected for Boys College will be asked to complete a 1-hour reading assessment at the beginning and end of Boys College.

Please complete the application and submit electronically to by June 15, 2018. Please apply now because space is limited.

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