The America Reads Challenge is a national initiative designed to address the fact that 40 percent of our country’s fourth graders read below level. This initiative, announced by President Clinton in 1996 and initially spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Education, aims to help every child read well and independently by the end of third grade. The America Reads Challenge asks every American to identify what role he or she can play – professionally and personally – to help achieve this goal.
In response to President Clinton’s Challenge, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Miami Dade College, the University of Miami, Florida International University, St. Thomas University, and Barry University joined forces to form the South Florida America Reads Coalition. Since its inception, other local colleges and universities have joined the coalition. Each college and university has committed Federal Work-Study funds to hire and place students as reading tutors.
The M-DCPS Division of Language Arts and Reading developed a nationally recognized tutoring curriculum (Miami-Reads Tutorial Project). In addition, the department assists in coordinating training sessions and supporting all site personnel and college student tutors.
The Miami-Reads Tutorial is a research based, one-on-one curriculum that targets first graders and provides individualized, 30-minute, tutoring sessions, two to three times a week.
If you are interested in becoming an America Reads tutor, please contact:
America Reads College-wide Coordinator, Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED)
Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus Rm: A 108
Office: (305) 237- 5248
Fax: (305) 237-5156