"My eyes have been opened.
Many people don't realize the complexity; they
just assume their kids go to school and things
are good. I am a different person because
of this class." --CLP Student,
For more information, contact
Community Literacy Program
Are you a UW student interested in
helping public school students succeed? Looking
for a meaningful way to earn your "Composition" or "W"
credit? Getting real world experience to help you
choose a major or a career path? Completing classroom
hours for the Education, Learning and Society Minor or
for application to a Masters in Teaching
program? Improving your research, writing, and
collaborative learning and presentation skills?
Are you looking for an opportunity (in the words of
Paul Farmer) to “use what you learn to transform
yourself and your community”?
Over 1100 students have participated in the Community Literacy
Program since it began in 1992. CLP is one of the longest-running
community-based ("service-learning") programs on our
campus, and is also part of the Phoenix Project, a
partnership including the UW English Department,
the UW College of Education, and Shoreline and Seattle
Public Schools. The Phoenix Project is
designed both to prepare future language arts teachers
and to support K-12 language arts students.
While many CLP students have gone on to work in education or related fields, CLP also appeals to students interested in experiential education, civic responsibility, a small workshop-based course, global citizenship, or a deeper connection to the Seattle community. Students often form strong bonds with the schools where they volunteer. Many CLP students continue tutoring on their own after the quarter ends through independent study projects, or serve as undergraduate "Head Tutors," who work as Teaching Assistants and mentor tutors for new CLP students.
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