MENTORING PARTNERSHIPS: Expanding Reading Opportunities | Schools
Ames Community School District has been working towards expanding afterschool reading opportunities.
To aid this, training has been provided to teacher mentors who will be supervising the volunteer tutors in after school reading programs.
One such exercise saw Iowa State University School of Education professor, Dr. Donald Bear recently visit the district’s administrative headquarters. The aim was to show how fun can be used for students to take reading instruction seriously. In this instance, he used singing to demonstrate an engaging way to increase young readers’ phonological and phonemic awareness.
The overall aim is to ensure all students read at grade level by the time they leave third grade.
Director of Alternative Learning Programs Yonas Michael partnerships like this one with ISU improves the after school program.
“The program offers quality interventions by trained tutors supervised by teacher mentors who also have additional training, like the training Dr. Bear offered,” Michael said.
“When it comes to helping students be successful in reading, the old adage is true that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Our after school programs are providing students the extra time and attention they need to get on the right path for a lifetime of learning.”
Meeker Elementary School launches its program January 22nd with help from a $5,800 grant from the Story County Community Foundation.