ERIC Number: ED333130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Highlands Educational Literacy Project. Final Performance Report, 1988-1989.
The 1988-89 Highlands Educational Literacy Project (HELP) in southwest Virginia was initially designed to provide local volunteer tutors with intensive training in the Laubach one-to-one method of teaching reading. HELP was a cooperative effort of community service agencies, church and civic groups, and interested individuals to provide free reading instruction. During Phase 3, 60 tutors were certified in the Laubach method; over 45 were paired with students. Literacy Volunteers of America methods and various computer software courses supplemented the Laubach basal reader. A team of apprentice trainers was trained, three of whom became certified by Laubach Literacy Action. HELP also served as host agency to train volunteers from other communities wanting to develop a literacy program. During Phase 3, an advisory board, including both students and tutors, assisted in grant application, adopted goals, and proposed guidelines of operation. Tutors reported quarterly on student progress and number of hours served. Other evaluation methods included participant evaluation of each tutor training session, placement of inventory evaluation and check-ups at the end of each student's skill book, and a volunteer survey questionnaire for suggestions and input. Findings indicated that teaching students the basics of one grade level of reading could be achieved per 3 months of instruction. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, VA.
Identifiers: Laubach Method; Literacy Volunteers of America Inc; Virginia (Southwest)