Alexis Underwood Launches People Who Are Incarcerated Awareness Day

  On a Thursday morning in April, students at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus in Washington, D.C. were crafting birthday cards. On colorful construction paper, these students wrote messages expressing love, compassion, and respect. Throughout the day, they composed more than 200 cards for members of their community who often don’t receive unexpected greetings: people who are … Read more

Lindell Jefferson is Giving Back in Petersburg

PETERSBURG, VA – When Lindell Jefferson walks into a room, he exudes humility and graciousness. His quick, quiet wit demands you pay attention, or risk missing something important when he speaks. Lindell joined the 18-19 Literacy Lab tutor cohort with an internalized drive to give back which stemmed from a desire to repay the support … Read more

Summer Means Service for Leading Men

To continue growing over the summer, a few of the Leading Men have found internship opportunities in education. School is out for the summer in DC, but that’s not stopping The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men fellows from continuing their impact! Several of the ‘17-18 fellows are spending this summer preparing for the next chapter in … Read more

Impact Awards: Celebrating Service in Baltimore

Our third program year is winding down in Baltimore. To close out the year, Baltimore program staff hosted their Impact Awards on a sunny evening at Union Mill. By The Numbers The northern-most cohort of Literacy Lab tutors served in a dozen Baltimore schools in the 2017-18 school year. 34 Literacy Lab tutors served in … Read more

Creative Incentives Help Students Stay on Track

Learning to read is hard work, and our growing readers deserve a little extra recognition every now and then! Literacy tutors use incentives when their students need help to stay focused and reach their reading targets. Some of our tutors shared their creative approaches to keeping students on track with incentives.  Miss Courtney’s Star Readers If a student meets all … Read more

Leading Students with Cheer

In addition to supporting students through daily literacy interventions, Literacy Lab tutors become involved in their whole school communities. Tiffany Clark, a tutor serving at Turner Elementary in Washington, D.C., found a way to use her passion for dancing and cheerleading in order to connect with more students! Getting Involved One afternoon, Tiffany heard an … Read more

In K-3 Tutoring, Targeting Interventions Matters

K-3 Literacy Lab tutors work one-on-one with students for twenty minutes a day, providing targeted interventions! You might find yourself asking, what does it mean for an intervention to be “targeted?” Different Students Need Different Interventions When you’re working with students in kindergarten through 3rd grade, there’s a lot of variation in what support each individual … Read more