23 May 2013

2012-2013 America Reads Post # 9

Attention America Reads Tutors    

“The America Reads program hires enough qualified SLCC students to meet the literacy needs of our community partner elementary schools. SLCC students have a rewarding, community-based option through which to earn their federal work-study award.”

“America Reads was established as a national literacy tutoring program in 1993. We provide training and a high-quality mentoring experience, enriching learning opportunities for both SLCC students and elementary school students.”

Read the America Reads’ vision and mission statements above. Are we fulfilling these goals? As a tutor in what ways are you individually fulfilling this vision and mission?  What more can we do?

18 comments:

  1. Yes, I believe so. I try to be at work the majority of the time to help get around to every student that needs tutoring. It's a reward in itself when you start to see they've developed a bond with you and progressed over time. I learned a lot from this experience about how to tutor a student with boundaries and patience.

    -S.T

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    1. I think it is very important to get to each student who needs and wants our assistance. I do wonder how many students actually need our help as well. It can be easy for us to respond to children who vocally or otherwise show interest in our help but there are students out there who are shy and/or uncomfortable admitting that they do need help or that they don't understand what is expected. I think that there are so many things that we as tutors can do to assist the children we work with and I love the fact that we have the opportunity to see the children so frequently throughout the process of improvement.

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    2. S.T.- I like how you pointed out that there is a bond involved here when tutoring these kids. Because if that bond isn't there, then I believe that their learning opportunity with us is not going to be optimal.
      Brian

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  2. According to the NAEP "In Utah, the gap was wider in 2009 than in 1992, the first NAEP assessment year for that state." which in the very least demonstrates to me that we need to be doing more. I think that the America Reads program is a wonderful thing and I also think that on a whole the people who I have been acquainted with in relation have been some of the hardest woking and passionate people who I have encountered. There is no question that Lynne goes above and beyond in her work with the students at SLCC and the students at the schools we work for.
    For me reading was endowed upon me from my parents who valued reading above almost everything else. I had my first book memorized leagues before kindergarten but today we are looking at more and more people who come from single parent homes and disadvantaged families who can't always afford to buy books or spend inordinate amounts of time teaching them to appreciate reading and academics on the whole.
    The work with America Reads only inspires me to want more for the children I work with. I hope that I can teach other people to understand and appreciate literature and academia in the way that I always have. I think that many of the children I work with are eager to understand and it is such a beautiful thing to grasp someone so early on and show them how much there is through reading and learning. So the question is no so much are we fulfilling the vision of the mission so much as how can I improve and further the efforts set forth by them.

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    1. Kathleen - There are definitely more single-parent homes and divorce rates are even higher these days. Not only does it affect kids just having one parent there at a time, but the emotional stress of going through divorces can lay very heavy on them and really affect their concentration and motivation. I know this to be true because my kids have gone through this when I went through a divorce in 2009. This makes us as tutors so valuable to these kids!
      Brian

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    2. Great post! I am so glad you touched on the fact that this program wouldn't be what it is without Lynne, she is so amazing! I too learned my love of reading from my parents and without them who knows? I could have been one of the kids that needed this help. I try to keep that in mind and be the support these children don't have.

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  3. I one hundred percent believe that we are fulfilling the vision and mission statement. I have seen with my own eyes the affect that we have on all the children that we are tutoring. The simple fact that these children have more adults that they can look up to and count on is worth so much. We are there helping them grow and learn. We are showing them that it is possible to overcome obstacles and follow our dreams. I have learned so much about myself in the past two years because of the experiences that I have had being an America Reads tutor. I have gone through a lot in the past year and these children have really helped me though a lot. I know that the children, the elementary schools, us as students, and the community benefits greatly from the America Reads program. I cannot wait to meet the kids next year and have another amazing year at Whittier Elementary.

    Katey Kendall

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    1. You're so right. I struggled in school as a child and I believe if I'd had tutors who spent time with me like we do with them, I would've had a much better experience and perhaps I would be able to pass math in college! RS

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    2. I think too that you would be surprised the difference that just by being there with a positive attitude you can make. I know just being happy and upbeat makes those around you feel the same

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    3. I too wish I had tutors like this growing up. I was a student that struggled (mostly due to ADD) and I really could've used the extra help. However, in the 80's there just wasn't the emphasis on tutoring that there is now. I love this program and think it should always be around for kids to tap into as an educational resource.
      Brian

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  4. “The America Reads program hires enough qualified SLCC students to meet the literacy needs of our community partner elementary schools. SLCC students have a rewarding, community-based option through which to earn their federal work-study award.”

    “America Reads was established as a national literacy tutoring program in 1993. We provide training and a high-quality mentoring experience, enriching learning opportunities for both SLCC students and elementary school students.”

    Read the America Reads’ vision and mission statements above. Are we fulfilling these goals? As a tutor in what ways are you individually fulfilling this vision and mission? What more can we do?

    I absolutely feel as though America Reads offers a, "high-quality mentoring experience, enriching learning opportunities for both SLCC students and elementary school students.” I would recommend America Reads to every single person with work study and even to those just looking to volunteer. It is an extraordinary experience and more rewarding than anything else I have ever done. It is rewarding and enriching for both the tutor and the children, that is so true. As for America Reads hiring, "enough qualified SLCC students to meet the literacy needs of our community partner elementary schools." I think America Reads does a great job at hiring everyone that applies/qualifies for the program and also works very hard to get the word out about America Reads, but I wouldn't say they hire "enough". Who/what determines what enough is? They could always use more, there is no such thing as too much in my opinion. America Reads is a fabulous program and the only thing I have to say is that I hope the program grows, the more tutors out there the better!

    -I.M.C.

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  5. I think AR is a brilliant program. The one on one is very powerful. the students develop a relationship of trust which allows them to open up to learn and try things they may not feel comfortable in the class setting. We can try new things that the teachers don't have time for and track their progress. Just that little "extra" help makes a difference. I think it's a wonderful program.
    RS

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    1. Having a volunteer also means that some children who wouldn't normally get the attention in a busy class will get the time they need to really understand the material.

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  6. Thayne Center has been fulfilling their requirements and goals stated in its vision and mission. They are getting the right people to being reading tutors and the training that they give to new reading tutor is very complete and always Lynne is available to answer questions and giving advice for all of us at any time, which is very important. A tutor needs to feel supported and comfortable to start this job and get it done well. Thayne's team always is there for tutors, I had been learning a lot from them, besides, they put in hands of tutors all of tools possible, it is up to the tutors to use those tools to improve always and get well done the job. Thank you Thayne Center and Lynne for such a beautiful work, helping children but also helping tutors and college students to be better!!! Maria Davila

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  7. I think that as America Reads tutors we are doing our best to personify this vision. We are helping the children to learn and improving the state of the community for the better, not just for our generation, but for the generations to follow. I think that it is important for us to continue tutoring and try and always improve.

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  8. I believe for the most part we are doing exactly what the statement says. We are providing high-quality mentoring and giving both these kids and ourselves enriching opportunities to learn. The only part we might not be fulfilling all the way is hiring enough qualified SLCC students to help these kids. That isn't a lack in effort by any means....just that there are so many kids around this area that need help and there might not be enough students to help these kids.
    Brian

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  9. I think the program is wonderful. It provides the much needed help in schools where the help is scarce vs. the neighborhoods that are well off. I have seen improvement in the few months I've been tutoring in the children I work with so, yes! I think it's working and I think it's a great program being given exactly where it is needed.

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  10. Besides the tutoring we provide we also are role models for the kids, they see us and are excited, they ask if they can read with me today, it is rewarding for both tutor and student to know they/we have a friendship build on trust and consistency. What we do is a great way to help the kids self-esteem and confidence. I think because of the trust that is built it is important to have returning tutors.

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