Dr. Deborah Rhein Dr. Deborah Rhein works with students in Communication Disorders Speech Lab.
Communication Disorders Program
Deborah Rhein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, a bilingual speech-language pathologist, specializes in the areas of the assessment and intervention of language differences and disorders as they relate to literacy development and school success. She is the author and director of CLASS for ALL (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Speech-Language services for All Language Learners), a personnel preparation program for bilingual speech-language pathologists.
Initial results from the 2009‐2010 Literacy Leaps project at the Hatch Valley Middle School are promising. The mean reading scores for the sixth grade class rose an entire year for the fall semester. The early fall mean for the sixth grade class was 3.2 (third grade, spring semester). The mean score in early December for the sixth grade was 4.2 (fourth grade, spring semester). The other grades at the school rose as well. The mean reading scores for the seventh and eighth grade students increased one semester for the fall. The mean score for the eighth grade student rose from 5.1 to 5.2 (fifth grade, fall semester to fifth grade, spring semester), with the seventh grade mean following a similar pattern (from 4.1 to 4.2.).