The Reading Clinic is currently seeking the following position:

Reading Clinic – Writing Instructor

The Reading Clinic provides intensive, one to one remediation of reading, writing and math difficulties for students from kindergarten to adulthood. Our unique Yes! programs utilize current research and an approach based on both Orton-Gillingham and Structured Language (MSSL) principles. Since opening in 2001 The Reading Clinic has helped hundreds of children and our instructors have delivered over 40,000 hours of instruction.

Yes! Writing offers direct, systematic instruction in what makes a complete sentence, various sentence types and how to write various types of paragraphs. Students are also taught how to make written work legible and use reasonable spelling. By understanding the parts of a sentence, they learn how to write simple sentences using correct capitalization and punctuation. Next, students learn to write compound, complex, and compound- complex sentences. Eventually, students will work on paragraph writing. We accept students needing to work in writing skills of grades 1-8, although the student may be in any grade.

In the role of Reading Clinic –Writing Instructor you will be responsible for delivering the Yes! Writing program.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake Clinic training to learn the principles of the Clinic’s YES! Writing Program.   This training may include sitting in on client sessions, receiving individual instruction, and supervised sessions, and will be paid at an Administrative rate of $14/hour.

  • Hours of employment as an Instructor may initially be tapered until the candidate has proven competence in delivering all facets of the program as assessed by the Clinic Director & Manager.  Every effort will be made to schedule a full roster of clients as soon as the Instructor is deemed sufficiently competent. After School hours will take place Monday – Thursday between the hours of 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • You will provide instruction to students using the YES! Writing Program as an instructor at a rate of $24.67/session.

  • Deliver high quality 1:1 intensive writing remediation in set sessions. Sessions are 55 minutes in length. Instructors are paid per session per student, not on an hourly basis.

  • Select appropriate support material suitable to the client’s needs prior to each lesson and re-file material at the end of each shift.

  • You will be directly supervised by Coordinators of The Reading Clinic and The Boys and Girls Club of Kingston & Area.

  • Document each session in accordance with Clinic procedures & have knowledge of the Clinic’s Absence & Cancellation policies in order to answer parent queries.

  • Liaise with parents as required and provide feedback on students’ progress on a per session basis.  Instructors should expect that parents are encouraged to sit-in on their child’s sessions occasionally (and after a suitable introductory period) in order to support learning at home.

  • Be available for Summer Clinic (typically 5 weeks in July – subject to change) five days a week for 4-5 sessions per day (8:00am-2:00pm). These times are subject to change at the discretion of the Clinic Coordinator and Managers.

  • Occasionally undertake non-standardized assessment as directed by Writing Coordinator or Manager within client’s session.

  • Work collaboratively with other Yes! Instructors at the clinic to deliver individualized programming
  • There will be a 3 month probationary period for all new employees. The probationary period begins after initial training has commenced.

  • Adhere to Clinic procedures for attendance/payroll submissions

  • Attend staff meetings on a per term basis (for which you will be paid at an Administrative rate) and /or attend staff training sessions

  • Perform administrative duties such as retrieving phone messages from the voicemail system, answering phone calls, answering the clinic door etc.

  • Ensure all deadlines are met and respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Post-secondary graduate at College or University with preference for Education Backgrounds
  • Previous experience delivering written expression programs and/or literacy program an asset Current CPR/First Aid Certificate/ Training
  • Experience working in a child related field
  • Up to Date CPIC/Police Check with vulnerable sector check
  • High Five – Principles of Healthy Childhood Development Training (PHCD) an Asset

Please submit cover letter and resume by March 15th, 2019 to the attention of:

Sara Gervais
Manager, Integration & Inclusion
Reg Shadbolt Learning Centre

**We thank all those who apply. Please note only those selected will be contacted for an interview.**

After 15 years of serving families at the Robert Meek Community Centre, the Reading Clinic, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, has moved to a more centralized location for the Fall of 2018. This new location will serve families that were accessing either our Bagot St. or West end location, allowing us to have our full staff team in one location to serve you better.

When completed, the new space will provide the Reading Clinic with additional instructor rooms, a waiting area for parents, a private assessment room, and free visitor parking directly in front of the building. The space is located at 299 Concession Street (Alliance Business Centre).

We look forward to serving you and your family at our beautiful new location.


Independent Queen’s Study affirms the Yes! Reading program’s remarkable effectiveness.

Between January and May 2012, Queen’s University’s Dr. John Kirby (Professor in the Faculty of Education) and Mr. Mark Uyar (Honours student in Psychology) evaluated the effectiveness of the Yes! Reading remediation program offered at the Reading Clinic over the more than 10 years of its operation, and explored the student characteristics that predict success in the program.

By measuring change in performance on eight different standard reading tests between when a child started and ended the program, it was found that children in the program improved in a range of reading skills approximately three times as fast as they had been improving prior to participating at the clinic, and approximately twice as fast as normally-achieving children would in the same period of time.

These results indicate that the program offered at the Reading Clinic is very effective in helping children who are struggling to learn to read.

For a complete look at the Research Summary, have a look at our ‘Results’ Page for more information or click here to see more of Dr.Kirby’s results.


Our Math, Written Expression & Reading programs are now all offering daytime/after-school/ & evening slots.

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