KC AmeriCorps Alliance: United in Service and Kansas City, MO

This year, the KC AmeriCorps Alliance was formed to provide AmeriCorps members in Kansas City with training designed to bolster skills relevant to service, and engage with career paths leading to Kansas City jobs. The Alliance connects AmeriCorps members to fellow corps members to resource like low-income assistance during the service year, and to the … Read more

The Sound of Applause

Guest post from Jamie Segerson, K-3 tutor at Polk Elementary School in Alexandria, VA.  “I don’t know”. Those three little words are often the start of the long and arduous journey that tutors and their students take in pursuit of their reading goals. When reflecting on my experience this past year, this brings one student … Read more

Tutor Spotlight:Kelsey Neil, Missouri Pre-K Tutor

Building Relationships with Students and Parents as a Tutor With the hustle and bustle of the before school drop-off and after school pick-up, it can be a challenge for tutors to communicate with the parents of the students they serve. This challenge is something, Kelsey Neil, first year Pre-K tutor at Woodland Early Learning Community … Read more

Engaged Families, Engaged Classrooms

  The annual Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools event, sponsored by DC Ed Fund, honors DCPS principals and teachers for excellence in education innovation and student achievement growth. This year, the first annual award for Excellence in Family Engagement recognized a Literacy Lab partner school, C.W. Harris Elementary, for the high-quality family engagement efforts … Read more

“As an AmeriCorps service member, I…”

For AmeriCorps Week 2016, we asked our tutors in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Missouri: what is one of the major things that you have learned in the first half of your AmeriCorps service year? From discovering the impact that literacy can have on a child’s confidence to solidifying personal goals – every tutor has gained … Read more

Building Literacy Skills Beyond the School Day

Guest contributors Tempest and LaChelle in a classroom at their service site, Arlington Elementary School’s Judy Center in Baltimore, MD.  At the end of the school day, the official duties of Maryland PreK tutors, Tempest and LaChelle, are complete; however, the first-year tutoring duo noticed an opportunity to extend literacy skill building beyond the school … Read more

Mission Driven Retirement

A large portion of The Literacy Lab tutors join the Reading Corps shortly after college graduation; however, Clarence Elliot, 2015-16 Maryland Reading Corps Pre-K tutor, joined the Reading Corps shortly after retirement. After a long career in public service, Clarence chose to dedicate the skills he learned as a professional and a parent to a … Read more

A Lifetime of Reading

  2015-2016 Missouri Reading Corps tutor, Jill Powers, reflects on how her positive experience with reading shaped her interests and motivates her to provide a similar experience to her Reading Corps students. One of my earliest memories is from when I was about two or three years old, watching my older brother’s future Pre-K teachers … Read more