Literacy: Learn How to Tutor
offers freedom for a lifetime of opportunities. Find out what you can
do to help others!
can I do to help others?
Volunteering opportunities are available for people of all ages. The
National Literacy Database (www.literacydirectory.org)
provides a link to local literacy programs throughout the US. Reading
is Fundamental (www.rif.org)
can help you organize and run a program for children and parents in
your school, business, or community. Learn how to be an effective
reading tutor with the highly acclaimed book LitStart by
Michigan Literacy, Inc.
If you are a student, approach your school district
about peer tutoring programs in your community. Also, check your
local library for details on where you can work on teaching English or
basic skills locally and overseas!
watching the Michigan Literacy, Inc. website for their new book
designed to help parents tutor their children in literacy and reading
skills. In the meantime,
The following websites provide great
sites provide great ideas for teachers.
teacher or librarian?
professional development in the US and overseas is a major focus of
the International Reading Association (www.reading.org).
The Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov/offices/OVAE/nahs/profdev.html)
also has multiple options. American Library Association (www.ala.org)
has an active professional development and outreach program.
with the latest literacy research by consulting any of the ILN member
Businesspeople can take an active role by starting their own literacy
program (see volunteer section). The National Institute for Literacy
has prepared a package for presentations at the workplace or to civic
groups. You can also contact your state school-to-work director (http://www.stw.ed.gov/general/general.htm)
to find out how you can help young people get ready for the workplace.
Sources: National Adult Literacy Survey,
National Center for Education Statistics, International Reading
Association, UNESCO World Education Report 2000, UNICEF State of the
World’s Children 2000.