The Elizabeth G. Sturtevant, PhD Center for Literacy has dual missions of Teacher Outreach and Student Outreach.
Resources for Parents and Teachers
This podcast episode is intended for families seeking ideas to help their students during virtual learning and beyond. As we are moving into the winter with fewer outdoor play opportunities, having additional ideas for play that also serve to build literacy and other academic skills is important. In this brief interview with Mason alumna Alicia Burd, we discuss the role of game play to support key aspects of executive function. Go ahead and play games: they are academically useful, and fun for the whole family! View the episode.
The Center seeks to support literacy professional learning for classroom teachers and coaches, specialists, and school-based teacher leaders. Faculty affiliates can provide coaching and professional learning for school divisions and individual schools that corresponds with their research foci.
Boosting local professional learning for literacy teacher leaders such as coaches and specialists, the Center is a sponsor for the annual Mason Coaching Institute for Math and Literacy. Dr. Sturtevant urged Literacy faculty to provide ongoing professional support for regional literacy educators and program graduates. Those efforts have evolved into a partnership with Mathematics Education Leadership faculty to provide a daylong institute for teacher leaders, instructional coaches, literacy specialists, and mathematics coaches to learn together and network to strengthen their professional community of practice.
Each summer, the Literacy program works with local K-12 school partners to provide one-on-one, intensive instruction for students who may have difficulties with reading and writing. Teachers who are part of our graduate programs and are preparing to be Reading Specialists are paired with students from our partner schools. They conduct focused assessment with the students and then use what they learn from the data they gather to design individualized instruction to support students’ literacy development. They work with students for at least 20 hours and are supervised by university faculty. For the past few years we have worked with students from Graham Road Elementary School (part of Fairfax City Public Schools) and students from Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School (Falls Church City Public Schools). In the past we have also partnered with Loudoun County Public Schools, Prince William County Public Schools, Alexandria City Public Schools, and Manassas City Public Schools.