LOU Literacy Leaders

Training community volunteers to tutor kindergarteners through third-graders in reading.

This project of the LOU Reads Coalition is a partnership between the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction (CELI) at The University of Mississippi and the Lafayette County Literacy Council, and is funded the United Way of Oxford and Lafayette County.

CELI Literacy Teachers teach the ParaReading professional development module by LETRs. The Mississippi Department of Education is providing LETRS training for teachers across the state and the ParaReading training was created to provide similar training for tutors, teaching assistants and others who help children learn to read.  Participants who complete the training have the preparation and confidence to make a difference in their students’ reading skills. Each participant receives a workbook to use as a resource as they continue to work in the community as well as a Certificate of Completion.

No matter where a student receives reading tutoring — whether it’s at school with a College Corps volunteer, at an afterschool program like the Boys & Girls Club or Leap Frog, or at a summer program like Horizons – this program helps ensure that the tutors have a foundational knowledge of how children learn to read. Because the ParaReading training by LETRs aligns with teacher professional learning opportunities provided as a part of MDE’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act, those tutors are supplementing and supporting the instruction already occurring in the classroom.