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Tutoring programs for struggling readers : the America Reads Challenge
Morrow, Lesley Mandel.
Publication Information:
New York : Guilford Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxii, 246 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"This volume is based on original papers presented by the authors at the symposium on Tutoring Programs for Struggling Readers, March 16, 2000, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education"--Series foreword.
Introduction to tutoring issues / America reads tutoring: communities working together / Voices of Houston reads to lead!: building an urban literacy coalition through America Reads / South Florida America Reads coalition: a synergistic effort / America Reads and comprehensive neighborhood revitalization: the Yale-New Haven experience

Tutoring program for struggling readers in Argentina / Effects of an America Reads tutoring program on literacy achievement and attitudes of teachers, tutors, and children / America Reads: a close-up look at what two tutors learned about teaching reading / America Reads: literacy lessons learned / Howard Street tutoring model: using volunteer tutors to prevent reading failure in the primary grades

Book buddies: a community volunteer tutorial program / Reading recovery: a systemic approach to early intervention
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As a result of the America Reads Challenge Act of 1997, numerous tutoring programs have been established to help ensure that every child reads independently by the end of third grade. Utilizing trained volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, these programs mobilize the resources of universities, public schools, parents, and community agencies. This invaluable book describes exemplary America Reads programs across the country as well as other effective early literacy interventions, including Reading Recovery, the Howard Street Tutoring Project, and Book Buddies. Also presented are timely research studies that offer insight into the tutoring process and its effectiveness. Providing useful program planning information and training protocols, the book facilitates the productive sharing of ideas among professionals who are initiating new tutoring programs or refining existing ones.

Author Notes

Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and past president of the International Reading Association.

Deborah Gee Woo, EdM, is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Department of Learning and Teaching at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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Choice Review

This edited book is a direct response to the timely topic of improving students' literacy by addressing the America Reads Challenge program. The contributors allow educators to examine the existing programs for early interventions in reading instruction and reading difficulties, especially tutoring programs for struggling readers. Colleges and universities participating in the federal work-study programs are mandated to maintain a tutoring initiative to assist children in their local communities. In Preventing Early School Failure, Robert E. Slavin, Nancy L. Karweit, and Barbara A. Wasik (CH, Feb'94) found that when certified teachers provide a one-to-one reading instruction, the success rate is greater. The volume is divided into three sections that examine exemplary tutoring models, research on tutors, student and teachers, and exemplary early literacy models. Yet, the authors still do not address the necessity of research for tutors and reading teacher preparation on internship experiences and reading education courses. The Howard Street Tutoring Model, Book Buddies, and Reading Recovery reinforce the research that especially in low-achieving schools both intensive, primary instructional strategies in the classroom and an effective tutorial program are needed to work with hardest-to-teach children. Strongly recommended for universities, administrators, principals, tutors, parents, and graduate students involved in the field of literacy. D. P. Smith Rockhurst University

Table of Contents

Introduction to Tutoring IssuesDeborah Gee Woo and Lesley Mandel Morrow
I Established America Reads Tutoring Programs
1 America Reads Tutoring: Communities Working TogetherBarbara J. Walker and Ronald P. Scherry
2 The Voices of Houston Reads to Lead!: Building an Urban Literacy Coalition through America ReadsMargaret Doughty
3 The South Florida America Reads Coalition: A Synergistic EffortJosh Young and Jodi Bolla and Jeanne Schumm and Alicia Moreyra and Robert Exley
4 America Reads and Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization: The Yale New Haven ExperienceMichael J. Morand
5 A Tutoring Program for Struggling Readers in ArgentinaMaria Celia A. de Corsico and Maria Rosa Carbajo
II Evaluation Studies of America Reads Tutoring Programs
6 The Effects of an America Reads Tutoring Program on Literacy Achievement and Attitudes of Teachers, Tutors, and ChildrenLesley Mandel Morrow and Deborah Gee Woo
7 America Reads: A Close-Up Look at What Two Tutors Learned about Teaching ReadingJill Fitzgerald
8 America Reads: Literacy Lessons LearnedAnn J. Dromsky and Linda B. Gambrell
III Exemplary Models of Early Literacy Interventions
9 The Howard Street Tutoring Model: Using Volunteer Tutors to Prevent Reading Failure in the Primary GradesDarrell Morris
10 Book Buddies: A Community Volunteer Tutorial ProgramMarcia Invernizzi
11 Reading Recovery: A Systemic Approach to Early InterventionM. Trika Smith-Burke