OSU’s highly successful Randall and Carol White Reading and Mathematics Center (RMC) began as the Reading Tutoring Program in 1960's adding mathematics tutoring in 1978. The RMC’s primary mission is to serve the Stillwater and Tulsa communities with low-cost, high-quality tutoring in reading and mathematics while developing high-quality teachers for Oklahoma, the nation, and internationally. The tutoring community outreach has three main goals:
● to prevent problems in the early years of school,
● to offer supplemental programs to those who need it, and
● to provide specialized services for the few whose problems persist after intervention.
The RMC operates during the fall, spring, and summer serving approximately 100 area K-8 students each semester. Graduate and upper level undergraduate teacher candidates as well as practicing teachers seeking reading and math specializations give one-on-assistance or small group instruction to young students supervised and guided by university faculty. The tutoring sessions involve a variety of engaging and effective activities and best educational practices. Each lesson addresses instructional needs identified through individual assessments and builds upon identified strengths.
During their teacher preparation coursework, OSU students learn various ways of assessing and identifying reading and math strengths and weaknesses, how to analyze and interpret the results of assessments, and how to plan and implement individualized instruction. During the tutoring session, OSU teacher candidates work individually with the children to develop effective reading and/or mathematical strategies. Graduate students work both individual children and small groups.
The RMC resource center provides a wide range of professional books and activity resources, leveled library, literature, reading and math manipulatives and games to support lesson planning and implementation. Each lesson is specifically designed for the individual needs of the child and is reviewed by the university faculty for appropriateness and effectiveness. Additionally, each lesson plan must adhere to a format designed by professors that meets guidelines for the reading and math methods courses as well as for national Response to Intervention (RTI) guidelines.
The weekly tutoring sessions involve a variety of effective and engaging educational practices including, but not limited to:
● Shared Reading, Writing, and Mathematical Activities
● Introduction and Modeling of Effective Learning Strategies
● Reading, Writing, and Mathematical Games and Activities
● Technology Assisted Instructional Activities (iMac work stations & iPads)
● Instruction Using a Variety of Problem Solving Strategies