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America Reads

Listing Last Update: January 2, 2016

Primary Contact

Jeremy Wattles

(315) 781-3825

Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To help my child learn

Program Overview

America Reads

One of the Center's flagship programs involves Hobart and William Smith students tutoring elementary school children at six schools in three surrounding school districts in our campus chapter of a national program known as America Reads. Students go as a group on a regular schedule to the schools, where they work one on one with first through third-graders on reading skills. Tutors are also given the opportunity to reflect on their experience and relate it to broader literacy and public policy issues.

Tutors need no previous reading education experience; a complete training session is provided before they begin. This is followed up with supplemental training over the course of the semester and continuous support from a "veteran" tutor known as a student coordinator who leads each team. A lesson plan is developed for the student for each session and goals mutually set between the tutor and student for the next session.
Interested HWS students must be willing to commit to the program for a semester, although they are encouraged to make a yearlong commitment.

Hours of operation: 9am - 5pm

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