ACE: A Community For Education
ACE: A Community for Education is a bilingual AmeriCorps program that has been working hard to improve students’ literacy rates for almost twenty years in Austin through The University of Texas. Our vision is that,
“Every child in Central Texas is a successful reader before third grade, setting them on a path of excellence in school and in life.”
We place extensively trained tutors (AmeriCorps members) in elementary schools around Austin, and now Manor as well! Before they begin tutoring, we educate our tutors in phonemic and phonological awareness and alphabetic principles. They also gain knowledge of how to properly assess and progress monitor the success their students have in literacy. These tutors maintain a daily schedule of at least ten students, ranging from kindergarten to second grade, who are struggling readers. Tutors work hard to implement individualized lessons for each student in order to effectively teach them reading techniques and skills.
Currently, ACE tutors are placed at ten Austin elementary schools and one in Manor. Each school averages a four-tutor team supported by a supervisor that makes weekly visits to ensure each tutor has updated lessons and strategies for improving their students reading levels.
Next year, ACE will be expanding their support to twenty-two schools through out Austin and Manor. We will have over ninety tutors striving to advance students’ reading abilities.
For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.utdanacenter.org/ace/