Request An America Reads & America Counts Tutor

Tutors can be used in a variety of ways. We are exceptionally flexible to meet the needs of the modern classroom. Most tutors work one-on-one or with small groups of students during the regular school day on a pull-out basis. All tutors are trained to design and implement individualized lesson plans to target the specific weaknesses of struggling readers. Our tutors may also be used as extra help to provide a second dose of whole-class instruction to students struggling with a particular topic. Lastly, we may also work simply as an extra hand during classroom literacy centers or Daily 5 work. Truly, our tutors are here to meet your specific needs. Tutors may also work in the after-school program in coordination with the Boys & Girls Club. Each participating tutor is assigned to a particular age group at a school. Students from this group are pulled out of regular activities to work one-on-one or in small groups on reading enjoyment and literacy functions.

It is important to note that America Reads tutors are not qualified to provide direct instruction to students, but are there to enhance learning that has already taken place in the classroom. Some examples of tutoring activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Reading aloud to students
  • Providing students a chance to practice reading
  • Facilitating activities to improve specific skills (fluency, comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, etc)
  • Providing students a chance to practice writing
  • Providing activities for reader response
  • Allowing students a "second dose" of classroom instruction in a one-to-one setting
  • Serving as a role model providing students with the encouragement and support needed to improve a student's self-confidence and love for reading
  • Promoting progress, a genuine interest, and enjoyment in reading

America Reads tutors are only available for Title-1 elementary schools in the Lawrence school district. We currently work with the following schools:

  • Hillcrest Elementary
  • Woodlawn Elementary
  • Pinckney Elementary
  • Kennedy Elementary
  • New York Elementary
  • Schwegler Elementary

Tutors are available to any and all classroom types – general classrooms, special education or resource rooms, ESL classrooms, or Title-1 reading services. Many of our tutors are exceptionally interested in the field of special education. We also have tutors that are bilingual in several languages that can help with developing English vocabulary or practicing written and spoken English. To request an America Reads tutor, please complete the Tutor Request Form (email it to americareads@ku.edu). 


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