Literacy Programs for Elementary Students
The Sheard Literacy Center offers two programs designed for elementary students, the Literacy Mentoring program and the America Reads Challenge.
Literacy Mentoring Program
Mission: This after-school literacy program strives to provide local children, grades K-8, free mentoring services in the hopes that they will develop a life-long love of literacy.
Collaborative Partners: SUNY Potsdam departments of Literacy and Childhood Education, local school districts, graduate assistants, work study students, and the Corning Incorporated Foundation through the Corning/Canton Plant.
Responsibilities of Mentors:
- Work in small groups with elementary/middle school students
- Write a lesson plan for each mentoring session
- Reflect on each lesson taught
- Be available for all 8 weeks of the program
- Be available M/W 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. or Tu/Th 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
Submit an application (PDF) if you are interested in becoming a mentor via fax or regular mail. See application for details.
America Reads Challenge
Mission: To unite every citizen towards the goals of ensuring that our nations' children read well and independently; through the Literacy Center, eligible work study students are sent out into local schools to assist teacher with the implementation of their literacy program.
Collaborative Partners: America Reads is a federally funded program set up through the "GOALS 2000" initiative in education.
Responsibility of Tutors:
- Attend an orientation and participate in an interview process
- Act and dress professionally.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- Assist their sponsor teacher to prepare materials for lessons.
- Work one-on-one or in small groups with students.
- Work with the sponsor teacher to secure schedule.
- Each tutor may earn a total of $1,200.00 (at a rate of $8.00-9.50/hour - dependent upon previous experience with the program) over the entire year (max. amount of hours you can work each week is 20 hours).