Graduation Date

Spring 2018

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Eric VanDuzer

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Kenny Richards

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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It can be difficult to help struggling kindergarten students learn pre-reading skills with limited resources. Trained community volunteers can make an impact on student literacy learning while forming positive relationships with students as they deliver a prescribed curriculum. This project explores the value of Professional Learning Communities (PLC), school and district support, the use of collaboration time, intervention, pre-reading essential standards, community support and PLC self-assessment. A handbook designed to assist in organizing effective interventions for the teacher or tutor is presented. This manual includes the role of professional learning communities in literacy tutoring; in developing essential standards, assessments and interventions. Next, the handbook addresses training volunteers about school procedures and curriculum. Followed by a toolkit for volunteers to use. Finally, the handbook focuses on methods for monitoring tutors and student progress. This research-based project is easy to use in any kindergarten reading intervention program.

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