Some historical highlights of Stritch's Literacy
Centers, which have been in operation since 1943.
Since 1943, the Reading Center has helped more than 20,000
children improve their reading abilities. In part, we credit this success to
teaching that is based on proven, research-based principles. But we also
recognize that there is no one way to teach a child. So we use a thorough
evaluation and continuing assessment of progress to plan for instruction
designed to meet the student's needs.
Some of the Reading Center’s historical highlights include:
- 1943: Stritch opens a reading clinic in the basement
of the education building.
- 1956: Stritch begins a program of studies leading to
one of the nation's first master's degrees in reading.
- 1967: A separate building for the reading clinic --
one of the first of its kind in the U.S. -- opens its doors.
- 1983: The highly successful clinic is renamed the
Reading/Learning Center to acknowledge its clinical, developmental and
- 2007: The School of Urban Initiatives within the College of Education and Leadership expands its outreach to settings strategically
chosen to serve the highest need neighborhoods in Milwaukee: the Urban Literacy Center at Stritch’s City Center and the
Urban Literacy Center at MPS’s Townsend Street School.
- 2012: The Literacy
Centers expand to two additional sites: Lincoln Center of the Arts
on Milwaukee’s lower east side and
Greentree/Teutonia Community Learning Center on the city’s north side.
- 2013: The Literacy Center expands to Vincent High School on
Milwaukee’s north side.