CELL Literacy Programs – How MSMC teacher candidates integrate literacy tutoring practices

Goals of the Collaborative MSMC-CELL *NAUC* NESCD

  • Involve teacher candidates and trained volunteers to provide authentic literacy experiences for children to improve as literacy users, both in skill and in interest.
  • Close the literacy achievement gap for students who are not successful in school with tutoring and out-of-school literacy programs to promote lifelong literacy.
  • Study the programs to ensure they are meeting participants’ needs and to offer other communities models for exemplary community-based literacy programs.

After-School and Summer Tutoring Programs

  • For students who are below grade level in reading, MSMC works closely with the NECSD to identify students in need of support and to create an instructional support system with the goal to bring students to grade level.
  • Students are assessed, then instructional lessons are taught to target literacy needs.
  • Data is collected to support student growth across semesters and to share with school districts.

Saturday Unity Book Clubs Out-of-School Literacy Programs

  • K-2 read aloud club – teacher candidates select quality multi-cultural books to read and engage children in conversations about the book and their world.
  • Literacy activities such as Reader’s Theater, bookmarking, and exploring other texts follow each read aloud.
  • 3-6 – teacher candidates facilitate book talks with older children who read and engage in conversation and art-related activities about the book. The books represent the diverse cultural backgrounds of children.

Spring Tutoring

  • Mondays 4:30-6:00 pm (running 2/24-5/5) or Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 pm (running 2/19-4/30)
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30-6:00 pm (running 2/19-5/5)

Families reading together at the Newburgh Armory

Family Literacy in Newburgh

Let’s get Newburgh children ready for kindergarten. Apply for the Mount Saint Mary College Family Literacy in Newburgh Grant to be one of the sites where children and families learn to support literacy in their everyday routines.
Grant recipients will receive:
Facilitator training and support, plus a $400 stipend; Early childhood books for a library; All supplies to run the program.

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