APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
SCALE commits to developing a manual and training program for the Wrap Around Community Literacy Project which will support college students who wish to hold tutoring and literacy activities in their local communities during the 2012-2013 academic year to maintain and increase the literacy rates of students.
This Commitment will be carried out by partnering with SCALE Literacy Leaders, UNC student volunteers who have worked with SCALE for 1+ years, to pilot a project which will include:
1) Pairing 100 K-12 students with college students in a mentor/mentee relationship to talk about the college experience with a special emphasis on the importance of improving literacy. SCALE staff will support and monitor SCALE Leaders who will recruit and train student volunteers to serve as mentors to local students and develop a replicable model based on the evaluation of the activities.
2) Partnering with at least 5 organizations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro Durham, Hillsborough and Raleigh to increase the number of interactive and educational literacy activities available to K-12 students. This will be accomplished by connecting with several local student organizations and local nonprofits that serve children and families but do not currently provide literacy resources. SCALE staff will monitor and evaluate activities with surveys and focus groups to identify effective practices that are replicable on other campuses.
3) Holding 3 or more Family Literacy classes for 10-15 parents per class and K-12 students to reinforce the lessons learned from the other literacy activities. Staff will develop a tutoring curriculum in partnership with SCALE Literacy Leaders consisting of education activities and games that parents can do with their children to develop their literacy skills together.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE AND DELIVERABLES
SCALE expects to train 30-50 college student volunteers who will in turn provide services to 100+ K-12 youth. The pilot will start in summer of 2012 and will continue through the fall. SCALE will evaluate and document the effective practices to develop a manual and training materials beginning in the fall of 2012 and continuing through the spring of 2013. SCALE will refine the manual and trainings through the 2012-2013 academic year based on feedback from student organizations collected through surveys and /or focus groups. Final materials will be available in the spring of 2013.
People often think about illiteracy as a problem faced by the poorest countries. However, even in some of the most well educated communities in the United States, children and their families struggle with their ability to read. While statistics vary among local communities, there continues to be a persistent disparity in academic achievement between white students and black and Latino peers. For example, in Chapel Hill, where SCALE is located, over 95% of white students in the district passed the end of grade test while only 58.8% of black students and 65.2% of Latino students passed in 2010-11 (NC School Report Card: http://www.ncreportcards.org) . Income has a significant impact on families' ability to obtain resources needed for children to succeed in school. 18.4% of families with children under 18 lived below the poverty level in Orange County in 2010 according to the American Community Survey. By piloting and developing a hand book and training program for the Wrap Around Community Literacy Project, SCALE will provide students with the resources they need to support the literacy needs of K-12 students in their local communities. More importantly, activities will be developed in partnership with other organizations to insure that children receive all of the services they need to thrive.
SEEKING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Information
SCALE seeks to partner with any similar youth serving organization or literacy organization that is interested in developing curriculum and program models, advocating for literacy education, and partnering to implement the Wrap Around Community Literacy Project.
OFFERING: Implementing Partners, Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Information
SCALE is interested in partnering with organizations and individuals who are seeking training and technical assitance to provide literacy and educational support to K-12 students and/or who are interested in advocating for literacy education.