Going Above and Beyond: Organizing a Coat Drive for Students at Smothers Elementary

DC K-3 literacy tutor Amanda Campbell lives out The Literacy Lab’s core values in her service at Smothers Elementary! This winter, Amanda noticed an opportunity to go above and beyond when she saw that not all of her students wore winter coats to school. Read her story about organizing a coat drive at Smothers Elementary … Read more

The Literacy Lab’s AmeriCorps Members are Motivated to Serve

This week, National Service organizations around the country are celebrating AmeriCorps Week! We asked our AmeriCorps members to finish the sentence “I Serve Because…” as a reflection on their reasons for service. “I Serve Because…” “If not me then who, and if not now then when? I’m deeply invested in the success of the students I … Read more

Building Blocks of Reading & Pre-K Literacy Tutoring

  When Literacy Lab staff are interviewing applicants for tutoring positions, there are a few common questions that come up. What does training look like? Do students get excited about tutoring sessions? Are there opportunities for leadership development after a year in the program? If an applicant is interested in serving as a Pre-K tutor, … Read more

Reflections on Student Growth Halfway Through the School Year

Between winter benchmarking and mid-year meetings, The Literacy Lab spends a lot of time in January and February reflecting on the progress made in the first half of the school year and the challenges still ahead! A few Literacy Lab tutors weighed in on the growth they’ve seen in students since August. _____________________________________________________________________________________ “I am … Read more

Making Gains On and Off The Graph

  The 2018-19 recruitment cycle is in full swing at The Literacy Lab, and as our team talks to new applicants every day, we find that a lot of applicants have the same question: how will my service as a Literacy Lab tutor impact students? As a data-driven organization, our first instinct is to jump … Read more

Looking Back: Stories of Impact

It’s a new year, and The Literacy Lab is excited to share the launch of our new blog! In 2018 and beyond, we’ll be sharing stories of impact from current Literacy Lab tutors, profiles on alumni that continue to live our core values, and community partners that are helping us close the achievement gap for … Read more

Guest Post: Stories of Service

A feature on K-3 Literacy Tutor Miriam Farris from the Virginia Service blog! Igniting a Passion for Learning for Struggling Students Miriam Farris is an AmeriCorps member and tutor with The Literacy Lab – Virginia Reading Corps program at Elizabeth Redd Elementary School in Richmond. Redd is a Title I school, which means that a … Read more

To Educate and Inspire

  The DC Leading Men Fellows serve as literacy tutors in Pre-K classrooms, leading the children they serve to be ready for Kindergarten. The Fellows follow a structured curriculum and use data to help their children be successful readers and work closely with a classroom lead teacher and paraprofessional to provide daily literacy interventions to … Read more

Tutor Spotlight:Alesha Martin, DC Pre-K Tutor

Aiton Elementary School – Washington, DC  Alesha Martin, second-year Pre-K tutor at Aiton Elementary School in Washington, DC, shares how a lifetime dedicated to volunteerism motivated her to apply to The Literacy Lab. 1. When did you first get involved with volunteer service opportunities? It seems like I’ve been involved in some type of service … Read more

The Beginning of a Lifelong Pursuit

K-3 DC Literacy Lab tutor, Holly Johnston, smiles with one of her students at The Walker-Jones Education Campus in Washington, DC. Holly served as a tutor for two years, and will follow her Literacy Lab service years as a Teach for America Corps Member in Prince Georges County, Maryland. 1. What was your background prior … Read more