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Investing in Georgia's Future: Higher Education Partnerships with Public Schools

Reading / literature & literacy

Poetry Program

Brenau University

Faculty and students majoring in English sponsor poetry programs at local elementary schools, most recently presenting workshops on Japanese poetry (specifically the haiku) and on British romantic poetry.

Dr. Sandy Brim
770-534-6195

Emory READ

Emory University

Emory READ coaches tutor twice a week, one-on-one, with a child who has been evaluated below reading level.

Program also helps provide books to youth and sponsors book drives.

Brandy Carter (Hands on Atlanta Americorps) 404-872-2252

Center for the Study of Adult Literacy

Georgia State University

Provides technical assistance to adult literacy programs.

Conducts evaluations of local adult and family literacy programs and basic and applied research in the area of adult literacy. Works in partnership with the National Institute for Literacy to provide expertise and leadership in the area of women and literacy.

Dr. Daphne Greenberg

Literacy Collaborative

Georgia State University

A research-based, long-term professional development program focused on the successful literacy of children through supportive classroom instruction.

Supports school change through an instructional framework, an ongoing professional development program, a process for systematically assessing children’s literacy growth, and a plan for promoting home-school partnerships.

Sara McKlin
404-651-1216

Literacy Scholars Program

Georgia State University

Partner Schools Initiative project created in collaboration with educators at Parkside Elementary School, Atlanta Public Schools, and Department of Middle/Secondary Education and Instructional Technology faculty.

Improves preparation of prospective educators to teach reading, gives current middle grade teachers new strategies to improve literacy skills, and gives college faculty opportunities to address the “theory-to-practice” gap often associated with teacher preparation programs. Reading courses are taught at the school and prospective teachers work twice weekly with 4th and 5th-graders in sustained tutorial relationships.

Department of Middle/Secondary Education and Instructional Technology 404-651-2510

Media Literacy Workshops

Georgia State University

High school students examine representation of young adults in entertainment, news, and advertising media.

Carol Winkler
404-651-2592

Reading Intervention Programs

Georgia State University

Program examines early reading development in children.

Robin Morris 404-651-1637

Reading Recovery

Georgia State University

Research-based, early intervention/prevention program for 1st-graders designed to reduce the number of children with reading and writing difficulties.

Sara McKlin
404-651-1216

Reading Collaboratives

Kennesaw State University

Scaffolding and individualized instruction practices are implemented through collaboration with Cobb County and Marietta City school systems.

In Cobb County low achieving elementary classrooms, a KSU student scaffolds a student or small group while the classroom teacher engages the class in reading instruction. The student learns the children’s strengths and weaknesses through the administration of the Informal Reading Inventory. At Dunleith Elementary in Cobb County, the principal, a 2nd grade teacher and KSU teacher educator collaborate, plan and implement a Reading Saturday Program for students reading at or below the 20th percentile. The program consists of whole group instruction implemented by the teacher educator, and individualized instruction implemented by 12 trained tutors with degrees in fields other than education.

Dr. Maudine Jefferson
770-499-3387

Budding Authors

Mercer University

Gwinnett, Douglas, and Bibb county K-5 students are nominated by teachers to participate in a summer creative writing program held at Mercer.

Mary Willingham
678-547-6197 (Atlanta)

Larry Robinson
478-301-2980 (Macon)

Children’s Literature Festival

Mercer University

Mercer graduate students host the festival, create booths on children’s literature themes, and read stories to children who attend.

K-5 students in DeKalb and surrounding county school systems are invited to attend on a scheduled basis.

Mary Willingham
678-547-6197

Great Books

Mercer University

Mercer undergraduates conduct a study of the classics with McEvoy Middle School students each semester.

Mary Ann Drake
478-302-5616

Development of Fluent and Automatic Reading: Precursor to Learning from Text

University of Georgia

Five-year project provides a national model for effective methods to teach fluency in reading for early elementary students.

Project involves more than 400 students in 27 different classrooms at schools in Atlanta, Athens, and Brunswick, New Jersey.

Steven Stahl
706-542-3813

Reading Clinic

University of Georgia

Works with K-12 children who are having difficulties with reading.

Assessment is undertaken to find the most appropriate instructional strategies to use with each child through a variety of informal and formal tests.

The Reading Clinic
706-542-7866

America Reads

University of West Georgia

University students tutor elementary school students who need assistance with reading.

Audrey Baird
770-836-6433

Development and Diagnostic Reading Clinic

University of West Georgia

Provides assessment and instructional services, through Curriculum and Instruction Department, to students and adults who have difficulty with reading.

Donna Harkins
770-838-3202

Reading Endorsement Certificate

University of West Georgia

Three graduate courses that comprise the reading endorsement certificate are provided to interested in-service teachers in the State University of West Georgia’s service area.

Through the graduate coursework, teachers enhance their knowledge and skills to ensure that all their students are reading by grade three. The courses, in sequence, include (1) Reading Theory, Development, and Practices, (2) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems, and (3) Applied Reading. Graduate students who complete the three-course sequence can transfer the credits to the Reading Master’s Degree.

Cathleen Doheny
770-838-3044

Elaine Roberts
770-836-4438

Reading Excellence Grant

University of West Georgia

Funded by the US Department of Education through the Georgia State Department of Education, the grant focuses on strategic interventions to improve reading instruction through tutoring programs, staff development, and working with teachers one-on-one to analyze their literacy instructional strengths and weaknesses.

Instructional interventions focus on six components of developing literacy to include comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics, and motivation.

Anita Buice
770-832-2120

Dee Layton
770-832-2120

Beverly McGinnis
770-832-2120

Reading Partners

University of West Georgia

College of Education provides undergraduate tutors to assist Carrollton City Schools elementary students in developing reading skills.

Gary Cottrell
770-830-9749

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