The Literacy Lab

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 … Continued

From Tutors to Teachers

The Literacy Lab’s current Data and Strategy Manager, Connor Nowalk, first moved to Washington D.C. in 2011 for an internship.  While searching for opportunities to supplement his time in a meaningful way, Connor found The Literacy Lab, and quickly joined the team as an after-school literacy tutor at a local elementary school. Before long, he … Continued

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 the … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Via The Kauffman Foundation Blog: “Grantee Spotlight: The Literacy Lab”

The Literacy Lab partners with communities to help close the literacy gap by embedding full-time, rigorously trained literacy tutors in early childhood centers and elementary schools for one year. Sparked by a former tutor who moved to Kansas City and with the support of several local partners, The Literacy Lab launched programming in KC schools … Continued

Tutor Spotlight: Kara Korab, Maryland PreK Literacy Lab Tutor

Kara Korab, Maryland PreK Tutor at Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School in Baltimore City. 1. What motivated you to serve as a Literacy Lab tutor? When I first heard about The Literacy Lab, I had just gotten back from a year abroad teaching English. I knew I wanted to be involved in education, but I wasn’t … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued