The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

In response to the changing educational landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ginsberg Center's America Reads virtual tutoring program was created.The virtual program is an extension of a 20+ year program that typically meets in school. The program seeks to provide academic and social support for elementary students impacted by distance education, continued professional experience for college students, and an opportunity for the University of Michigan community to support the education of young people. This is a free service and is at no cost to tutees and their families. Families can register their children for the program and select the type of tutoring support to best meet their children's needs. 

 

Family Program Details:

  • A typical session will be between 45- 60 minutes long, and include a check in, structured lesson time, and closing.Generally sessions will occur in the afternoon, or academic enrichment days. 

  • Reading Buddy Program: Grades K-3 students will meet 1 day per week in 45 minute sessions. The goal of reading buddies is to instill a love of books as well as to encourage reading mastery and self confidence. Tutors will read books using a digital library  

  • Individualized Tutoring: Students in Grades K-3 will meet 2 days per week with their tutor in 45- minute blocks . Using an interactive online reading curriculum, students will focus on reading comprehension, and vocabulary building at their reading level. 

  • Students need to have access to devices that allows to connect virtually with their tutor

  • Parents/ Guardians Register here

 

Teacher Program Details: 

  • Tutors will connect virtually during the asynchronous learning time block for 45- 60 minutes and include a check in, structured lesson time and closing. Teachers can sign up for our reading buddy program.

  • Reading Buddy Program: Grades K-3 students will meet 1 day per week in 45 minute sessions. The goal of reading buddies is to instill a love of books as well as to encourage reading mastery and self confidence. Tutors will read books using a digital library  

  • Teachers/ Administrators Register here

 

Tutor Training Details: 

  • America Reads tutors are paid undergraduate and graduate students from various academic backgrounds.

  • Tutors receive 5 hours of pre- service training, with ongoing training and support throughout the program.

  • Each tutor receives a background check and will work with elementary students in pairs.

If you have any questions/ concerns, email Raven Jones at jonesrav@umich.edu.