READING WORKS: AU ALUMNI & LITERACY IN DC
A Larissa Gerstel Critical Literacy Discussion
SETH Professor Stacie Tate and a panel of AU Alumni addressed the issue of literacy in DC at a seminar on October 24th in the American University Library Curriculum Materials Center. Dr. Tate gave the opening presentation titled, "You Teach Where? A critical response to the deficit representation of urban schools." Alumni panelists included Eliza Derick of the Fillmore Arts Center, Stacey Gathers of Ballou Senior High School, and David Siu of Arlington County Schools.
POWER –“PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES WITH EDUCATIONAL READINESS”
The United Planning Organization (UPO - http://www.upo.org) in partnership with the School of Education, Teaching & health has developed a unique college readiness program geared towards low-income youth in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. The program begins with youth in 7th grade and tracks them through their middle and high school years with a goal of preparing them for future college graduation. This program is unique in that it takes a holistic approach to addressing the issue of higher education preparation. As a component of the United Planning Organization’s Village Project, the POWER program is one facet of a multi-pronged approach to addressing poverty issues among families in the Congress Heights area. The program is taking an interdisciplinary approach to preparing youth for the rigors of higher education through an intensive four-week summer institute at American University. This past summer we hosted two 4-week summer institutes for middle school students as selected through a competitive application process by the United Planning Organization. The first Institute ran from June 16 – July 16 and the second from July 21 – August 21.