ReadWriteServe--Partnership for Literacy Action Initiatives brings together UNC Charlotte and community-based resources to address increasingly complex literacy needs of students and their families in the Southeastern U.S. through service, research and community-based programs that are culturally relevant and focused on community needs. ReadWriteServe programs have trained more than 1,800 volunteers as tutors working with 3500 K-12 learners in North Carolina.
The Goals of ReadWriteServe
1. Work with community partners (schools and agencies) to advance the literacy skills of K-12 students.
2. Involve families in students’ literacy development.
3. Promote community involvement, civic engagement, and service learning among ReadWriteServe stakeholders (students, families, schools, university, & communities).
ReadWriteServe's Student-to-Student Programs bring UNC Charlotte college-students to partner schools and community organizations in the Charlotte region seeks to support and tutor K-12 students. These programs include:
The RWS Cyber Tutoring project is a collaboration that includes Communities in Schools (CIS), Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and the ReadWriteServe programs at UNC Charlotte. The goal of this program is to connect UNC Charlotte students to high school students at West Mecklenburg and West Charlotte High Schools to support students through online tutoring. RWS Cyber Tutors receive training and support from CIS and RWS and use technology to tutor students. In addition to weekly online tutoring sessions, tutors and students meet a few times for organized socials at the schools.
The Urban Youth in Schools Internship is a one-semester internship developed by the Center as part of the First 3 Early Career Teacher Support program in the College of Education at UNC Charlotte. Interns serve 80 hours in urban schools to support the academic, extracurricular, social, and community needs of the schools.
America Reads pairs work-study eligible college students with 2-4 elementary school students in a school for literacy tutoring. Tutors receive substantial initial training and ongoing support to tutor struggling students in reading and writing. Local partners include CMS and Cabarrus County Schools.
Literacy PALS (Partners Achieving Literacy Success) is a a volunteer tutoring training program that provides training and support to tutors in the community. Currently, we are working with the United Way of Central Carolinas Project 1,000 initiative to training tutors, mentors, and readers.
Literacy for Democracy (LFD) works in economically disadvantaged communities to improve children and adolescents’ literacy and academic achievement through service learning with university pre-service and in-service teachers. Partners include Charlotte Mecklenburg, Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City Schools as well as Freedom School Partners, Inc.
ReadWriteServe's School & Community Support Programs brings UNC Charlotte's expertise in literacy to schools, families and communities. These programs, which are under development, include:
The Community Volunteer Tutor Training Program (CVTT) brings expertise developed at UNC Charlotte in its work with literacy tutoring programs and seeks to share that with existing volunteer program that work with K-12 students. Under development, CVTT will provide tutor training to schools, community and faith-based organizations that have existing groups of volunteers.
Need help in tutoring? Check out the ReadWriteServe Tutoring website where you will find a wealth of resources for tutoring K-12 students.