LEARNING DIFFERENCES

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ELON UNIVERSITY

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • A 2010 study by Reading is Fundamental shows that, in two-thirds of poverty-level homes, there are no books for children to read.

  • In addition to tutoring, the Village addresses the need for books in impoverished households with a “BookBuy” initiative that encourages Village families to build a personal book collection.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

Missing Information.

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Manual

 

In the media

Video

 

 

CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Jean Rohr

Position:

Email: rohr@elon.edu

 

 

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“I just love this Village work because...over time, children begin to believe in their own potential and blossom into vivacious learners who gain a love for literacy.”

– Mallory Hinzman, Village supervisor

 

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

The Village Project boasts 100% parental involvement, a task that is really difficult even for schools to achieve.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

With our move to multiple sites, we have lost the crucial and very important “Village community” parents had formed when we were in one place. This social component is vital to students and parents, so we need to figure out a way to recapture the sense of community we had before all the growth and expansion to various sites.

 

 

Elon University’s “It Takes a Village” project aims to encourage family involvement in the literacy development of children in Burlington, North Carolina, who struggle in school. Its grant is supporting programme expansion and developing capacity to sustain programme growth for the longer term.

Fostering connections among new teachers, struggling readers, and their parents

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Elon University’s "It Takes a Village" Initiative uses a collaborative approach to help children in the community who are struggling to read. The programme was created to address four key issues: reading skills in children from low income families, parent engagement in support of reading skills, skill development for university students in teacher preparation programs in working with the parents of struggling readers, and university engagement with the community to support reading skills. Elon students who are majoring in education, as well as majors from arts and sciences, business and communication, children, and trained community volunteers meet for weekly tutoring sessions at five sites in Alamance County, North Carolina. The tutors assess the individual reading challenges of the children and show their parents different techniques they can use at home to help improve reading skills.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With funding from Oak, “It Takes A Village” is growing its network and impact. There is a sizeable waiting list for students to be entered in the programme. The Village has been replicated at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. The grant will also fund a formal evaluation to verify the programme’s achievement outcomes. Oak’s support is additionally helping the Village Project take a two-generation approach to support the literacy and English language development of parents and children. The Village is subcontracting with Alamance Community College in an effort to provide ESL, GED and financial literacy classes for parents of Village tutees.

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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