SAReads Preservice Teachers/Tutor Corps
Undergraduates enrolled in literacy courses at Texas A&M University–San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development learn evidence-based instruction techniques and apply them when tutoring SAReads students. Preservice teachers gain clinical experience using SBRI and 15% of their course grade comes from participation in the SAReads Tutor Corps.
The SAReads Tutor Corps provides reading instruction to kindergarten through 5th grade students who are nominated by teachers or school administrators. Tutors use the five components of reading instruction to help students improve proficiency. They prepare custom lesson plans for each student based on reading assessment data (i.e., data-driven instruction). SAReads provides instructional coaching and support to tutors so they learn to implement effective techniques that teach and inspire students to read.
Curriculum & Materials
SAReads provides professional teaching materials and books for tutors to use during reading instruction sessions. Tutors instruct students to read based on the five components of reading instruction or the “scientific method of teaching reading.” Each tutoring session is divided between developing literacy skills using the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) curriculum and reading aloud using the Scholastic Guided Reading Program. In addition to reading, 4th and 5th graders develop writing skills using Scholastic Short Reads and Google Classroom.
A Book for Every Child
Children enrolled in SAReads tutoring receive new books for their home library at winter, spring, and summer breaks. SAReads also provides books to younger siblings so they can begin their reading journey prior to entering kindergarten.