Project Reach College Tutors Are Helping Compton’s Elementary Students Improve Literacy Skills
Compton Unified School District (CUSD) knows that reading is fundamental to learning.
In an effort to boost literacy skills, the District has partnered with California State University, Dominguez Hills for its new K-2 initiative, Project Reach.
The program provides 50 college student tutors for all 22 of its elementary schools’ Kindergarten thru second grade classes.
Instructors benefit from the extra support in the classroom as college tutors help to ensure students are up to speed on their reading skills. For students this means more one-on-one instruction, which can make all the difference for young readers who may be struggling.
Superintendent Darin Brawley said Compton Unified is determined to boost academic achievement through Project Reach.
“There is no doubt that reading is the key to learning all subjects, especially math and science. With the help of our college tutors we are giving our teachers the support they need to make sure our students are up to speed on their literacy skills,” he said. “In time, we’ll see more students excelling in other areas because of their improved reading and comprehension.”
Stephanie Gonzalez, a senior at Cal State Dominguez Hills majoring in Public Health, said that as much as students might benefit from Project Reach, it also gives her valuable experience working with children prior to pursuing a career in public health.
“I wanted to work with kids to help them become more advanced readers. They’re fun to work with and it’s been a great experience for me since I want to provide health education for communities one day,” she said. “Besides that, I think it’s good for the teachers to have extra help from tutors especially when there are students who might need intervention.”
Elizabeth Long, a graduate student earning her teaching credential at Cal State Dominguez Hills, said there’s a lot of excitement surrounding Project Reach at Washington Elementary School where she tutors.
“So far I’ve seen that the students and teachers look forward to the tutors showing up. I also see that the students benefit because they get the support they need to improve their reading skills,” she said. “Literacy is the basis for all other content areas, so if you can’t read you will struggle. That’s why I’m here. I want students to succeed.”