CLP volunteer has worked with me since last spring,
and we are practically in a symbiotic
relationship. She works with small groups, she
manages the entire class, she does a large amount of
prep work and anticipates what is needed. She
is such a positive influence in my class and a help
to me. I'd be sunk without her." -- CLP
partner school classroom teacher
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The Community Literacy Program
welcomes students at any stage of their UW
education, and from any department on campus. Past
students have ranged from 18 to 67 years old, from
first quarter freshmen to graduating seniors in majors
including English, Psychology, Art, Math, Biology,
Social Work, Biochemistry, Classics, Informatics,
Communication, Economics and International
Studies. Students need not have tutored
before, and need not be planning to become teachers.
Community Literacy Program is, however,
an excellent way to satisfy the field work requirement
for the Education, Learning and Society Minor, or to
work toward classroom hours required for application
to Masters in Teaching Programs. CLP alumni have
gone on to teach in many of the United States as well
as in Brazil, Mexico, China and beyond.
Because of the frequent conferences and small class size for the Community Literacy Program, instruction is individualized. Because of the combination of experiential and academic approaches, the program works well for students with a wide variety of learning styles.
In the Words of CLP ParticipantsCLP school site principal: "The Community Literacy students are full members of our school community by the second week of the quarter.... It is a pleasure to see how insightful they are, and how dedicated to the educational process they become. Elizabeth is caring and candid in working with her students and with me throughout each quarter so that we can collaborate on solving problems. Normal situational challenges become tools for learning for her students, as well as ours. The benefits to our students are enormous. Our faculty has come to depend on the Community Literacy students as true partners in teaching."
CLP student, Sophomore: "I
appreciated the importance of realizing our role in
volunteering. We were not to view this as "poor
them" or simply record what we were doing. I
realized the more in-depth issues of what was
happening at the school. For example, not just
observing the diversity of the school, but looking
into how the diversity affects education, and the
opportunities and challenges teachers, students and
volunteers have due to diversity."
CLP student, Junior, Biology: "Since
to the U.S., I have been afraid of taking English
class because English is not my first language.
With this service learning class, I feel a lot more
confidence in learning English. By having the
opportunity to work with bilingual students, I share
their experience and I learn with them."
partner school classroom teacher: "My
students love having a college student come into the
classroom, especially since I am an older
teacher. They love the youth and energy.
They miss the CLP student when the time is over, but
the benefit of having them in the classroom over-rides
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