Introduction

What is literacy outreach?

Purpose:

To promote students’ academic achievement in reading and writing through the implementation of a peer tutor model that:
  • develops student leaders through peer-tutoring opportunities,
  • targets areas and students in high need of academic support,
  • creates opportunities for community outreach with high school partnerships,
  • integrates technology skills, online and real-time instruction into tutor training, and
  • provides personalized learning with response-based instruction.
Rationale:

Students encountering challenging content in their courses are often lacking literacy skills to comprehend text or demonstrate understanding in their writing. The peer tutor model creates a partnership between students that can easily become part of the school culture as it is incorporated within courses that target remedial skills development or within established school programs that help students academically. In this particular model, students acquire knowledge through response-based delivery that is personalized to each individual.

Description:

The proposed literacy outreach program is a proactive approach to ensuring student academic success through a peer-tutoring model. The impact of peer tutoring can be quantified by positive differences in student academic achievement, attitude, and long-term educational goals. Students interact in specific courses, or established school programs, and support one another by using strategies that promote academic achievement. The quality of the program is maintained by providing instructional materials for one-on-one instruction, consulting services, online instructional materials, instructor-student conferencing and enrollment in a college course that requires service-learning hours.  Peer tutors receive training to identify errors in writing and strategies to increase reading comprehension. This knowledge is transferred during tutoring sessions by developing literacy skills of the tutees while empowering the tutors with real application through community service.

The literacy outreach framework includes:

  • Students to serve as tutors and students to be tutored.
  • Instructional materials that will be provided in digital format to the school and may be utilized by the classroom teacher and student tutors during tutoring sessions.
  • Professional development for cooperating teachers that includes instructional strategies for one-on-one instruction, classroom management, and informed improvement.
  • Tutor training materials, resources and strategies that will be delivered in a 1 or 2-credit course and 6 or 10 hours of real time instruction to meet certification requirements.
  • Clear, collaborative communication between the college and partner schools.Enrollment Timeline
Benefits:
Benefits to Students
  • Student tutors will develop leadership skills and responsibilities, building self-esteem and confidence to be successful students.
  • Student tutees will build self-esteem and confidence to be successful students.
  • Participation in the program will promote academic achievement for both the tutors and tutees through enhanced learning and tutoring skills.
  • Participating students will use new technologies to promote learning and as a means to facilitate communication.
  • The developed skills will transfer to new learning experiences, which will also promote academic achievement.
  • Students that intend to pursue the field of teaching will gain valuable hands-on experience if they are designated as student tutors, helping to develop their identities as leaders and professional educators.
Benefits to Community
  • A culture of generosity, cooperation and support with local high schools will be supported.
  • College enrollment will increase with student tutors and continued enrollment for high school graduates will be encouraged.
  • Skills gained by student participants through class instruction and experiences that will promote problem-solving, organization and communication skills that will enhance their potential for positive contributions to the community.
  • Students will be more prepared to work in collaborative groups when they participate in community events and/or join the work force.
Benefits to College
  • MCC will be empowering students concurrently enrolled in a college course to use study skills and collaborate with their peers, positively impacting academic achievement and promoting enrollment.
  • Communication and collaboration will increase among MCC and partner schools.
  • Potential district-wide collaboration to share resources and programs available to students on MCCCD campuses.
  • The number of students participating in courses that require service learning will increase.
  • The number of college-ready students that are graduating from our local high schools will increase.
  • The number of incoming freshman testing out of developmental education English courses will increase, positively impacting their potential for academic success in English and content courses.
 

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another

without helping himself.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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