About Literacy in the Community

Literacy in the Community, LLC has been tutoring in Washington State for 5+ years now and now in North Carolina State. We are a cloud based nationwide educational services firm headquartered in Seattle, WA.  It is our Mission to help educators and families bring students to self-sufficiency by permanently eradicating academic achievement gaps. 

Literacy in the Community is able to provide students of all ages with tutoring in any subject. Tutoring is offered after school, on weekends, during holiday breaks, or any other time that works for you. Our goals are to improve in school assessment test scores and a lifetime of learning, to improve the reading and math skills of all students, to help students have continued success at home, school and work, and to improve family literacy via ESL where appropriate.

Literacy in the Community LLC provides high tech/high-touch tutoring in math, reading, writing and science to students of all ages. We use technology to diagnose learning gaps and create individual learning plans. We then assign college students, graduates and certified teachers to engage individually with each student as they close learning gaps. Our methods are uniquely successful as we combine high technology and high touch (tutor involvement in critical thinking and Socratic processes and cultural competence).

Our service model is to tutor when and where ever is best for the parents and students. Focusing heavily on student motivation, students should be prepared to read or be read to, play math flash cards and other educational games against college tutors, work with computers, write narratives, and go on educational field trips while learning.

It is our Mission to help educators and families bring students to self-sufficiency by permanently eradicating academic achievement gaps. Success in reading, writing, math and critical thinking leads to improved learning and test performance. Literacy in the Community Tutoring is:

·         Targeted skill-based,

·         Critical thinking-based,

·         Culturally competent,

·         Scientific Research-based,

·         State standards-based and

·         Individual Learning Plan-based 

Tutoring Manner:

(Students are generally tutored in the following manner)

·         40% Skill development required to successfully manage homework

·         40% Computer-based Individual Learning Plan to improve Math and Reading skills

·         20 % Fun based learning, i.e., math flash cards, scrabble vocabulary

and oral reading

Communicating Academic Progress to Parents/Guardians:

We regularly mail to parents post tutoring session reports. This tool closely monitors the educational and social progress of the students. Reports also keep parents closely informed of their students’ progress and issues. Reports address:

1)            Specific information about computer exercises completed by students and any particular difficulty or ease they experience with any one task, referencing state standards;

2)           Any comments about the specific academics or non-computer related skills enhancement tasks worked on that day and any trouble student had, i.e., Reading: student has trouble with I vs. E sounds.

3)           Any homework completed by student on the day of tutoring, referencing state standards;

4)           Any notable improvement the student has made during tutoring session;

5)           Behavior issues affecting students’ ability to study (i.e. sick, tired, unhappy);

6)           Particularly good academic or behavioral achievements.

Sample Post-Tutoring Outcome Student Report

Today Juan Student and I reviewed addition, subtraction, multiplication, and place value. Juan did a good job of asking questions during the review to refresh his memory on how to carry over numbers in multiplication & addition, and borrowing numbers in subtraction. The review also helped him remember his place values before and after the decimal point. After the review, Juan began lesson in basic division. He quickly understood the relationship between division and multiplication, and was able to solve basic division problems.

We also reviewed multiplication tables through online games.

Juan could use more practice solving problems and using mental math to increase his speed. I think it will hep build his confidence when solving problems.

Common Core State Standards (5th grade) covered today were:

1.01B Develop number sense for rational numbers 0.001 through 999,999: Build understanding of place value (thousandths through hundred thousands).

1.03 Develop flexibility in solving problems by selecting strategies and using mental computation, estimation, calculators or computers, and paper and pencil.

LitCom Management:

William D. Jackson, President & CEO

Dr. Karen N. Jackson Ed.D. Curriculum Specialist

Helpful Links:

2014-2015 WA State List of Schools Eligible for Free Tutoring

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Publications on Reading

Back to School Resources in Washington State 

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