Literacy Center

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Literacy Center

Being able to read, write, and speak are essential for full participation in our society. Literacy affords access to ideas, opportunities, and so much more. But in the Massachusetts school system today, many children do not receive the instruction and support they need to develop a strong foundation for literacy in grades preK–3.

--DESE -- Mass Literacy Plan

The CES Literacy Center offers systematic, structured, explicit and multimodal literacy instruction to address the needs of struggling readers and children diagnosed with dyslexia and other reading disabilities. A structured literacy approach encompasses the critical components of reading acquisition: phonics and word study, phonological awareness, spelling, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension.

Identification and Treatment of literacy disabilities

Our literacy specialists are trained in multiple, evidence-based literacy interventions that are based on a structured literacy approach. The Center offers comprehensive, formalized, diagnostic reading assessments, and specialists are qualified to diagnose dyslexia.  The Center also provides recommendations for evidence-based interventions, as well as individual and small group tutoring for students in grades K-12.

With appropriate evidence-based interventions, students who struggle with reading can achieve reading success. Early identification and  treatment are important, as is help from a highly qualified teacher, tutor, or therapist specially trained in a structured literacy approach. 

Educator Support

CES literacy specialists work with general and special educators, reading specialists, and others in the school or district setting to provide consultation through case conference, observation, modeling, and strategies for the classroom specific to your student. In addition, The Literacy Center can provide tailored professional development to a district or team of educators upon request.

While the new dyslexia law highlights the need for young children to receive the evidence-based literacy instruction they require to become proficient readers, many older students continue to struggle with literacy skills at all levels. 

It is never too late to learn to read, and the Literacy Center can help!


Literacy Center Staff

Erin MacEachen-TravisErin MacEachen-Travis is a Learning Disabilities/Literacy/Assistive Technology Specialist at CES. She holds a Masters of Special Education and a professional level license in Special Education, is a Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, and holds IDA/IMSLEC International Certification, Advanced Level, in the Orton Gillingham Method. Erin also trains teachers to evaluate students with various assessment techniques and to interpret assessment results; and to apply remediation strategies for specific learning disabilities.


For more information, or to refer students to the Literacy Center, contact:

Sherry Smith