Community Based Literacy Workshop – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Community Based Literacy Workshop

The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) and The Syracuse University Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service (Shaw Center) will present an interactive workshop on Community Based Literacy Tutoring Initiatives on Friday, Nov. 21. The workshop is a collaboration of the two institutions and New York Campus Compact, a regional roundtable that seeks to share ideas with other higher education institutions looking to improve or start up their own literacy tutoring initiatives in their communities. The event will take place at Syracuse University from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“As both Syracuse University and Hobart and William Smith have many years and literally thousands of students who have gone through our programs, we are pleased to be able to offer our experiences and resources to others,” says Jeremy Wattles, assistant director of CCESL. “Literacy is the foundation for a decent, thriving life and we want to support these efforts as often as we can, whether it’s through Geneva 2020, our America Reads program, or around the region.”

HWS and Syracuse host programs based on the America Reads model, which trains, develops, and engages students as citizens and critical players in addressing the challenges of low literacy and graduation rates in urban areas. The host programs have more than 40 years combined experience, and are eager to talk with colleagues in the field at any stage of the process, from research to implementation and beyond.

HWS’ role in promoting literacy began 25 years ago, when Professor of Education Charlie Temple met with fellow HWS colleagues to create the all-volunteer student literacy corps. This initiative evolved into the paid Federal Work Study Program supported America Reads that now exists on campus.

The workshop will cover topics such as best practices, leadership development, enhanced student learning, and outcomes for community partners. It will also provide discussion and brainstorming for participants who have existing programs, as well as for those who are looking to explore new opportunities.

The cost is $20 for New York Campus Compact members and $40 for non-members. Registration, which is available online, includes the workshop, light morning refreshments and lunch.