Literacy Center, Sheard

Address: 44 Pierrepont Avenue, UNY Potsdam, Satterlee Hall 104
Potsdam, NY 13676
Phone: (315) 267-2527 Email: Website:

The Literacy Center's mission is to provide literacy education to the greater Northern New York communities, resources and educational support for teachers and parents on issues of literacy education across the curriculum, and state-of-the-art classrooms for the School of Education faculty who teach literacy courses and other courses that integrate literacy into the curriculum. In addition, the Literacy Center houses and maintains partnerships with projects that promote leadership and research on current issues, pedagogy, and curriculum in literacy education.

Literacy Programs for Elementary Students

Literacy Mentoring Program – Mission: This after-school literacy program strives to provide local children, grades K-8, free mentoring services in the hopes that they will develop a life-long love of literacy.

Collaborative Partners: SUNY Potsdam departments of Literacy and Childhood Education, local school districts, graduate assistants, work study students, and the Potsdam Big M Supermarket.

America Reads Challenge
Mission: To unite every citizen towards the goals of ensuring that our nations' children read well and independently; through the Literacy Center, eligible work study students are sent out into local schools to assist teacher with the implementation of their literacy program.

Collaborative Partners: America Reads is a federally funded program set up through the "GOALS 2000" initiative in education.

Literacy Success for Students (Grades 3 – 8) – A professional development course offered at the Literacy Center.

Mission: To assist educators with research-based lessons in order to impact students’ development of strong reading comprehension skills. It has been designed for practicing educators and SUNY Potsdam education majors.

Collaborative Partners: the Adirondack Teachers’ Center, the St. Lawrence Valley Teachers’ Learning Center, and the Teacher/Leader Quality Partnerships Program (TLQP).

Program Components:
•Individual workshops are created and instructed by local literacy educators in St. Lawrence County.
•Enhance instruction with practical techniques and adapting strategies to individual teaching styles.

Thomas E. O'Shaughnessy Center for Assistive Technology – The Center takes great pride in housing the Thomas E. O'Shaughnessy Center for Assistive Technology within its facility, with which the SUNY Potsdam community honored the memory of a colleague and friend, Tom O'Shaughnessy, who had been a member of the Special Education faculty at SUNY Potsdam from 1979 until his passing in 2002. This specialized computer technology is a fitting tribute to Tom, who was well known and respected for his expertise in assistive technology and his work with special education teachers and children in northern New York

The O'Shaughnessy Center greatly enhances the services offered by the Sheard Literacy Center by providing special technology for area students with physical and learning disabilities. Assistive technology includes various software, courseware (CD-ROMs) and hardware to meet the multiple learning needs of people with physical, sensory, or learning limitations and disabilities. All services are provided at no charge to those who request assistance.


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Scheduling Contact: Tina Bush

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