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ERIC Number: EJ789108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
Reaching the Summit: The Contribution of America Reads and AmeriCorps to School and University Partnerships
Coulter, Gail
Teacher Education and Special Education, v27 n2 p202-205 Spr 2004
In the present climate of declining resources and increased accountability, partnerships are instrumental in achieving student outcomes. The purpose of this article is to describe an unusual university and district partnership supported through America Reads Challenge and AmeriCorps. The America Reads Challenge was to mobilize an army of reading tutors to make every child a reader. The U.S. Department of Education asked institutions of higher education to allocate one-half of their federal work-study funds so that 100,000 students would join in teaching America's children to read. AmeriCorps put forth a similar effort in which volunteers (e.g., seniors in high school, residents from the community, college students) performed a variety of community services in exchange for an educational award. The Summit Scholar Program was an after school reading program at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs that trained preservice teachers while providing direct service to low-achieving readers in the community. This program provided a professional environment under faculty mentorship that was not present in the traditional preparation program and offered preservice special education teachers extensive opportunities to practice skills in collaboration, training of classroom aides, on-going assessment, and communication with parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado