Literacy, Access, and Equity: LEARN Tutoring Project

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Make a difference for children in Buffalo Public School classrooms! Participate in the LEARN Tutoring Project and work towards equity and access in literacy learning for elementary students from diverse backgrounds.

Project description

This project enables UB undergraduates to engage with local Buffalo Public School (BPS) students through a tutoring project that is designed to support literacy skill development of multilingual newcomer students in a BPS elementary school. Participants must enroll in LAI 410, which requires a practicum that takes place primarily in our partner schools. Students spend the first few weeks of the semester preparing to work with students and then begin one-on-one and small group intervention sessions under the guidance of the course instructor and BPS teachers. Experience in education is not required.

Grounded in principles of equity and access for all learners, this project hones in on literacy development and support for multilingual children from immigrant and refugee families here in Buffalo. Read more about the program.

Project outcome

Through the course, students will engage in weekly tutoring sessions at a partner school as well as keep logs and complete a culminating reflective project on the experience.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester
Start time  Fall or Spring semester
Level of collaboration Large group collaboration (4+ students)
Benefits Work study
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

Project mentor

Amanda Winkelsas

Clinical Assistant Professor; Assistant Dean for Outreach & Community Engagement

Learning and Instruction

505 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-1066

Email: awinkels@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Participation in class meetings of LAI 410 (orientation to BPS, culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, literacy foundations)