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  • Literacy Partnership


    Texas A&M International University

  • About Our Program

    Texas A&M International (TAMIU) and the United Independent School District (UISD), Laredo, Texas formed a literacy partnership in November 2011. Its purpose is to provide mutually beneficial literacy intervention (tutoring) services to children enrolled in UISD schools and professional development experiences for pre-service and in-service teacher candidates enrolled in TAMIU College of Education literacy courses. A primary objective of the literacy partnership is to provide targeted literacy intervention and support for UISD students who are performing significantly below their academic ability.

  • Key Program Features

    Tutors in the Literacy Enrichment Center (LEC) are undergraduate students in the TAMIU College of Education who are enrolled in a literacy development course, EDEC 4362 Language and Literacy Development. Following four-to-five hours of training in , the “minimally-trained” tutors provide ten weeks of one-on-one, twice-weekly tutoring to identified struggling readers.

    The LEC is managed by a TAMIU College of Education faculty member, who coordinates center activities and mentors the teacher candidates. The tutors develop and implement Reading Recovery-informed “five-part lessons” according to the needs of the children and consistent with research-based best practices in balanced literacy instruction and intervention.