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.
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.
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