The Reading and Academic Development (RAD) Center was established in 2015 to better understand and support the academic and educational needs of school-age children and teenagers with learning and developmental difficulties pertaining to reading.
Who we are
We are a team dedicated to conducting meaningful research and providing the best service possible to children/teens, parents and the community. Learn more about the educational backgrounds, professional experience and research interests of our faculty, postdoctoral scholars, PhD students and staff here.
The RAD Center was conceived by Professor Emily Solari as both a home for research and a resource for helping children and teenagers with reading difficulties.
The RAD Center received a major boost in support and funding in Fall 2014 when Sarah Cornett-Hagen made a $30,000 gift to establish the Brett Cornett Fund at the UC Davis School of Education. Cornett-Hagen established the fund in honor of her late son Brett, whom she believed had Asperger’s syndrome, a developmental difficulty that is now better understood as being part of autism spectrum disorders. Read more about Cornett-Hagan’s story here.
The UC Davis Committee on Research also provided $25,000 in seed money to attract further funding and support research.
Meaning Behind the RAD Center Icon
Gale Okumura, a lecturer in Visual Communications, had a wonderful group of students from her VC group studies class design our RAD Center icon. Her team drew inspiration from repetitive shape patterns to represent the stages of growth, upward striving, and the rippling effect of changing someone’s life. The concept symbolizes how our center provides support and flexibility for our clients, while the warm color tones convey a feeling of welcoming. We are grateful to this dedicated group of hardworking students who created a symbol of hope for our families.
Professor Emily Solari is really into reading. But she’s more than your average bibliophile – she is as an acclaimed, nationally known researcher in the field of reading.
Research shows that about 20 percent of all students struggle with reading, according to Solari. That’s why she took the leading role two years earlier in creating the Reading and Academic Development (RAD) Center to better understand and support school-age children with learning and developmental difficulties pertaining to reading.