Our mission is to accept the child exactly where he or she is, building a comprehensive literacy scaffold on his or her strengths. The focus of our effort will be on the development of the whole child, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and academically to facilitate the child's growth and independence in reading.
Looking for specific topics related to literacy and tutoring?
The following links and resources are provided to facilitate Tennessee Technological America Reads Reading Tutors in their preparation for working with students.
Step one in understanding the components of America Reads. Links to many government sponsored resources.
Government support page listing: The America Reads Challenge, Finding and Serving Children, Language and Reading Materials, What's Needed to Reach the Challenge, Using the Media, Liability Issues, Evaluating your Work, Recruiting and Training Tutors, Reaching Out to Families and Teachers, Forming a Community Coalition, Starting a READ*WRITE*NOW site.
Read-Write-Now Tutoring Support Web Site.
National Center for Education Statistics. Provides the 1998 Reading Report Card for the Nation and the States.
The University of Vermont's America Reads Homepage.
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Includes a section on Reading Tutoring Sessions. Also, Developmental Considerations in Selecting Books for Children, Where to Find Inexpensive or Free Children's Books, Selecting a Tutoring Manual and more.
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Reading resources on the Internet.
Department of Education. Publications that are available to promote literacy.
Houghton Mifflin's Wacky Web site. Interactive stories on the Internet.
The Wright Group. Interactive reading site.
Word Dance. Word Dance magazine encourages the love of reading and writing in a non-threatening, playful environment.
This site provides language arts lessons for elementary school grades K-5.
American Library Association. Resources for Parents, Teens, and Kids
Bank Street College's America Reads website. Possibly the best resource on the Internet for the America Reads initiative. Includes resources for America Reads, glossary of reading terms, early literacy development information, sample tutoring lessons, reading strategies, and the role of a volunteer literacy tutor.
Carol Hurst provides a wealth of children's literature resources in addition to links to grade-specific book lists.
The Children's Literature Web Guide. Extensive resource for children's literature.
Kay Vandergrift's Children's Literature page. Dozens of stories and links.
Candlelight Stories. Amazing site with moving graphics, original stories, traditional tales, and more.
Kids Web Digital Library for K-12. A good library of resources in the arts, science and social studies.
This would be a good site to explore with the children you tutor.
The Reading Corner. Sponsored by the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster, Maryland. Provides book reviews for readers in grades 2-8 that give a little more information than what you find in the library catalog.
World of Reading. Find out how to get kids' writing published and how to make pop-up books
Yahoo's educational website supporting reading and writing. Great site.
The Keeping Kids Reading Page. Lots of useful links to sites on reading and writing.
The Knowledge Adventure Encyclopedia. Simple encyclopedia provides information on a variety of different topics.
Southern Illinois University's America Reads Web Site. MAKING A DIFFERENCE-ONE STUDENT AT A TIME: A TRAINING MANUAL FOR AMERICA READS CHALLENGE TUTORS AT SIUC.
Read With Me: A Guide for Student Volunteers Starting Early Childhood Literacy Programs
Download America Read logos from the Corporation for National Service.
Reading Online. Making and Writing Words. In this new article, Rasinski describes a variation of the popular Making Words spelling and word study technique. Readers can follow along as the activity
unfolds step by step in the classroom, and a copy master can be downloaded for use with your own students.
Federal Grant information.
U. S. Department of Education's News and Events Website. Includes new sites and funding opportunities.
Full text stories to download.
Other public domain stories by famous authors (Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and many others).
Mother Goose stories to use with audio or print only.
Original stories and other resources.
Amazing collection of stories. Great opportunity to include parents in reading with their children. Very visual and well done website.
Children's books, creative writing, fiction, poetry, theater, general literature, and links.
Crazy Days of Chisel Hedgehog. Original stories that continue (soap-opera style). Clever.
Corporation for National Service - Newsletter. Excellent resource.
FY 1999 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
Book Buddies : Guidelines for Volunteer Tutors of Emergent and Early Readers
by Francine R. Johnston, Marcia Invernizzi, Connie Juel
Our Price: $19.95
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Paperback - 167 pages (April 1998)
Guilford Press; ISBN: 1572303476
America Read : A Handbook for Volunteers
by Gay Su Pinnell, Irene C. Fountas
Our Price: $15.00
Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.
Paperback - 106 pages (September 1997)
Heinemann (Txt); ISBN: 0435072501
America Read : Coordinators Guide
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Paperback (September 1997)
Heinemann (Txt); ISBN: 0435072528
a Child Learn to Read
by Judy B. Cheatham
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Paperback - 167 pages 0 edition (March 24, 1998)
Literacy Volunteers of America; ISBN: 0930713974
Team : A Handbook for Volunteer Tutors : K-3
by Lesley M. Morrow
Our Price: $14.95
Paperback (March 1998)
Intl Reading Assn; ISBN: 0872071855
Working With Young Readers
by Lester L. Laminack
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Paperback Spiral edition (April 1998)
National Council of Teachers of English; ISBN: 0814134106
Children's Literacy Initiative
2314 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Reading is Fundamental (RIF)
600 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
Rolling Readers USA
3049 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
Pati Cake Books
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A nonprofit organization that gives books to suffering children or their caregivers, particularly to children with cancer or AIDS; children who are homeless, living in shelters, foster homes, or orphanages; and children who have been abused.
Visit the FREE website (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence)
& its "What's New" area at:
MORE THAN 60 new federal educational resources have been added to the FREE website.
This website was developed by more than 40 federal agencies to make *hundreds* of teaching & learning resources from across the federal government available -- & searchable -- in one place.
You can order a copy of the catalogs listed above by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC but please note that in order to receive these special discounts you will first need to contact me at email@example.com or 212-343-4455. I can then register you for the Literacy Partners program and send you a copy of the Scholastic Literacy Partners Order Form which you will need to use when placing your order.
"Hispano Music & Culture of the Northern Rio Grand" is an online
presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious & secular music of Spanish-speaking residents
of rural Northern New Mexico & Southern Colorado. The collection
consists of approximately 8 hours of audio recordings (146 titles on 36
recording discs), 1 graphic image, & 218 pages of print material including
administrative correspondence, recording logs, song text transcriptions,
& publications. (LOC)
"Inventing Entertainment: The Edison Companies" features 341 motion
pictures, 81 disc sound recordings, & other related materials, such
as photographs & original magazine articles. Cylinder sound recordings
will be added to this site in the near future. In addition, histories
are given of Edison's involvement with motion pictures & sound recordings,
as well as a special page focusing on the life of the great inventor. (LOC)
"Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music" consists of tens of thousands
of pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the post-Civil
War era. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred music &
secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books & instructional
materials, & music for band & orchestra. This first release
of the online collection consists of over 22,000 musical compositions registered
for copyright during the years 1870 to 1879. (LOC)
"National Directory of Teacher Programs & Resources in Art Museums"
opens up, by state or by topic, expanded listings about art museums throughout
the country. (NGA)
"Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929" is a digitalized collection of this once
popular cartographic form used to depict U.S. & Canadian cities &
towns during the late 19th & early 20th centuries. Known also
as bird's-eye views, perspective maps, & aero views, panoramic maps
are non-photographic representations of cities portrayed as if viewed from
above at an oblique angle. Although not generally drawn to scale,
they show street patterns, individual buildings, & major landscape
features in perspective. (LOC)
"CERES Project," or the Center for Educational Resources, is an extensive
library of online & interactive K-12 science education materials for
teaching astronomy. The site offers both classroom science projects
& reference materials. (NASA)
"The Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers, 1862-1939" presents 1400 items
of correspondence, scientific notebooks, journals, blueprints, articles,
& photographs documenting Bell's invention of the telephone, his involvement
in the first telephone company, his family life, his interest in the education
of the deaf, & his aeronautical & other scientific research.
Included is his experimental notebook containing the entry from March 10,
1876, describing the first successful experiment with the telephone, during
which he spoke through the instrument to his assistant the famous words,
"Mr. Watson -- Come here -- I want to see you." (LOC)
"The Dinosaur Homepage" displays featured bones from the Museum's large
collection. Each photograph may be enlarged & comes with a text.
The bones can be viewed by dinosaur type & by time period. The site
also presents a geologic timeline, an anatomy lesson, & a discussion
of misconceptions about dinosaurs. (SI)
"Education Resources from the Distributed Active Archive Center" offers,
by way of the NASA Langley Atmosphere Sciences Center, educational projects
& fact sheets on matters pertaining to the earth's atmosphere.
Videos & educational kits are available to teachers by post. (NASA)
"Eli Whitney's Patent for the Cotton Gin" gives facsimile reproductions
of the handwritten patent application & its accompanying drawing, explanatory
text & lesson plans. (NARA)
"EPA Environmental Education Center" contains environmental science
resources for teachers searching for classroom projects. (EPA)
"EPA Student Center" has dozens of environmental science resources for
students as well as online reference materials. (EPA)
"The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere" looks at the hot (but
usually rarefied) gases which fill most of space, which are ruled by magnetic
& electric forces rather than by gravity. The site discusses
such phenomena as the polar aurora, the radiation belts, the solar wind,
magnetic storms, "space weather", & cosmic radiation. It includes
a quick overview of the relevant physical sciences, such as magnetism,
ions & electrons, & plasmas, as well as tidbits of history. (NASA)
"Female Frontiers" & "Women of NASA" have profiles & weekly
web chats with women of NASA who have achieved a variety of women firsts
(such as first woman programmer & first woman shuttle commander).
Participants have the opportunity to communicate with the featured mentor
during the chats & will find the profiles & archived chats a source
of information on the NASA women & their work. (NASA)
"From Stargazers to Starships" deals with the world of gravity, massive
planets & stars, & the way spaceflight is achieved despite their
strong pull. The material is suitable for high school students &
gives historical background as well as the latest scientific findings.
"Hands-On Universe" is an educational program that enables students
to investigate the universe while applying tools & concepts from science,
math, & technology. Using the Internet, HOU participants around
the world request observations from an automated telescope, download images
from a large image archive, & analyze them with the aid of user-friendly
image processing software. (NSF)
"Human Spaceflight" gives real-time positions & news about the Space
Station & the Space Shuttle. Videos using Quick Time plug-in
are shown as well as photos. The site also provides extensive background
"Mars Surveyor 98 Home Page" shows news, photos, & timetables for
the twin spacecraft program. One spacecraft, launched December 11,
1998, will orbit the planet & observe the global distribution &
time variation of the Martian atmosphere. The other spacecraft, launched
January 3, 1999, will land for the first time in the polar regions (Dec
1999). Microprobes, 2 meters deep, will attempt to detect water ice
in the Martian subsurface. (NASA)
"Observatorium" is a public access site for Earth & space data.
It offers hundreds of pictures of t he Earth, planets, stars, & other
celestial bodies, as well as the stories behind the images. The site
has many resources that illustrate physical, astronomical, & technological
"Office of Solid Waste Kids' Page" is a collection of games & puzzles
that teach kids about solid waste disposal & its problems. Some files
require a free downloadable Adobe Acrobat reader. (EPA)
"SAGE III Educational Outreach Program" expose students & teachers
to research being conducted on atmospheric species using satellite-based
sensors. Students are given the opportunity to become actively involved
by collecting atmospheric data at their locations & submitting it to
NASA's database. (NASA)
"Solar System Simulator" lets the reader order a simulated photograph
of the Sun & planets & their satellites as seen from any other
vantage point. The reader can choose any time in 5 minute intervals
from 1600 to 2399. This is one of NASA's most popular sites &
receives 36,000 requests per day. (NASA)
"The Star Trails Society" is an initiative by Science@NASA to involve
readers in scientific research. Several times each month the site
will announce opportunities for amateur scientists to contribute to research
in astronomy, astrobiology, & other natural sciences. One doesn't
need to be a professional scientist to participate -- students, teachers,
novices & serious amateurs can all join in! (NASA)
"Students' Cloud Observations On-Line (S'COOL)" is a project involving
students making weather observations on the ground for comparison with
satellite data. Observations are then either entered in an online
form, e-mailed, faxed, or mailed to NASA for entry into an online database.
Students have access to their results as well as those from other participating
"Tales from the Web" features 10 teachers sharing actual classroom experiences
using the Internet in K-12 science & mathematics. Their first-hand
accounts illustrate how this powerful tool can enhance teaching & learning.
The site includes over 50 annotated resources, sharing information about
online math/science organizations & websites. (ED)
"Y2K for Kids" gives a short explanation at the grade school level of
the Y2K problem & has links to technical discussions. (FEMA)
Helpers can be ordered by calling or emailing Jennifer Gartin<firstname.lastname@example.org> or 800-860-02684 x142. Please provide your name, agency, a shipping address (no PO Boxes), phone number and stream of service. You must be a program funded by the Corporation for National Service to order items. Of course anyone can still download the PDF file
Another publication, Service as a Strategy in Out of School Time is
also now available on our website in PDF format. This publication discusses
quality Out-of-School Time (OST) programs, highlights effective practices,
discusses service and service-learning activities for children and youth
in OST, and lists resources and contacts. It is a collaboration of the
Corporation for National Service and the National Institute on Out-of-School
Time. To download, go to
While you are there, check out the other publications that we have
available online at http://www.etr.org/NSRC/pubs/onlinepubs.html
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