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Bob and Joan Peirce Center
for Structured Reading Teacher Training

The Bob and Joan Peirce Center for Structured Reading Teacher Training within the School of Education and Social Sciences at Robert Morris University prepares teachers to work with children with dyslexia, both in the classroom and as tutors.

The Center aims to supply a steady stream of teachers and tutors in structured reading approaches, including methods of reading instruction for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. The Center also provides outreach services to parents and professional development for school districts.


Formed with the support of a 20-year founding pledge from Bob and Joan Peirce, the Center meets a current need for teachers and tutors prepared in structured reading methods, and builds upon an existing partnership between the university and the Laughlin Children's Center. That partnership was also supported by the Peirces, and resulted in the development of a graduate-level training program, including a practicum with 100 hours of supervised tutoring, to certify instructors in structured reading methods. In the last two years, nineteen instructors offering tutoring to thirty-two children on the university's Moon Township campus and at the Laughlin Children's Center. Along with its partners, the Center will continue to provide direct tutoring services to area children.

The new Center's budget includes funding for scholarships for teachers each year to receive the training. It also includes scholarships for families unable to pay for their children's reading instruction. For more information contact Carianne Bernadowski at or 412-397-5463.