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Summer 2020 • Online Classes for All Ages

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies is proud to continue its partnership with the Institute of Reading Development (IRD). Since 2000, IRD reading programs have helped students in our community build strong reading and develop a deep love of books and reading. Classes are designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide provider of reading skills instruction since 1970, and a leader in live online education for children.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, instruction in IRD programs has shifted entirely online. Effective now, spring and summer Live Online Reading Skills Programs are available for registration to help students in our community build strong skills and develop a deep love of reading. There are classes starting in April to help students keep learning, keep reading, and, importantly, keep connecting with other kids in this challenging time.

IRD has taught thousands of face-to-face online programs to more than 50,000 students of all ages, with experienced and inspiring teachers who know how to provide effective instruction in this format.

Programs for every grade feature a dynamic online class where students can see, hear, and speak with each other and their teacher in real time. During class, students read and discuss great books and learn age-appropriate reading skills. Between classes, they complete independent reading assignments and interactive online skills lessons, so they continue learning and reading throughout each week.

With these live online reading programs, parents can feel confident that their kids will continue to grow, building skills and immersing themselves in some of the best books written for children at every age. To learn more or enroll, visit or call 1-800-903-2173.

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays

University of Richmond Employees

UR employees along with spouse and dependent(s) may be eligible for discounted tuition on reading development courses. UR employees should contact an IRD enrollment coordinator directly at 1-800-570-8936 to obtain current information.