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A collaboration between the Department of Literacy Education, Office of Student Financial Aid, and the DeKalb Public Schools, the program provides one-on-one tutoring for elementary students who struggle with reading. America Reads tutors receive 12 hours of training prior to beginning so they can provide high quality tutoring using a research-based session format. Services are offered free of charge in school, after school, and during the summer.
For more information, call (815) 753-3939 or e-mail AmericaReads@niu.edu.
The in-school tutoring is offered at the DeKalb elementary schools during the school day. In this "pull out" model children leave their classroom to work with tutors on reading skills and strategies. Approximately 100 children receive in-school tutoring through America Reads during each school year.
The after-school tutoring services for kindergarten through fifth-grade DeKalb area students are provided at the JLJ Literacy Clinic. Parents provide transportation for their children to attend these 50 minute tutoring sessions one time per week. A series of six to ten sessions are available, depending on the time of year. A healthy snack and juice are provided for students during each tutoring session. Approximately 100 children receive after-school tutoring each school year.
Summer tutoring services for kindergarten through fifth-grade DeKalb area students are offered at the JLJ Literacy Clinic for an eight-week period. During summer tutoring, children attend one or two 50 minute session per week. Parents provide transportation for their children to attend the summer tutoring sessions. A healthy snack and juice are provided for students during their tutoring session. Approximately 50 children receive summer tutoring services each year.