What is literacy outreach?
promote students’ academic achievement in reading and writing through the
implementation of a peer tutor model that:
- develops student leaders through peer-tutoring
- targets areas and students in high need of academic
- creates opportunities for community outreach with high
- integrates technology skills, online and real-time
instruction into tutor training, and
- provides personalized learning with response-based
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.
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
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.
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
- Participation in the program will promote academic
achievement for both the tutors and tutees through enhanced learning and
- 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
Benefits to College
- 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.
will be more prepared to work in collaborative groups when they participate in
community events and/or join the work force.
- 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
- 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