University of Michigan Student Earns Global Recognition for Her Tutoring Strategy

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An outstanding student serving in the University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps program earns recognition from America Learns for her tutoring work.

America Learns announced today that a strategy created by University of Michigan student Holly Simon has been named February's America Learns Strategy of the Month. Simon created her strategy to provide her students with a fun opportunity to reinforce what they were learning about sight words, word tenses, and sounding out words. Throughout February, Simon's strategy will be available not only to the thousands of educators America Learns serves nationwide, but also to the thousands of teachers, tutors, mentors and parents worldwide who subscribe to America Learns' Strategy of the Month e-newsletter.

Simon, a freshman Chemistry major, was one of the few first-year students to earn a place in the University's America Reads Tutoring Corps program. "I decided to join America Reads because it seemed like such a valuable experience," said Simon. "Not only was I getting the chance to teach kids, but I was given the opportunity to change their lives. Knowing that I could impact a child's life made this experience more than worth it."

Simon turned a standard Microsoft PowerPoint presentation into an interactive game for her students to be engaged while learning about topics that many students find to be uninteresting. Tutors, teachers and parents may download Simon's game for free from the America Learns website throughout February and use it as is or easily customize it to cover any content area - from vocabulary practice to math.

"Her strategy is great!," noted Rachel Klingelhofer, Co-Director, University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps. "It really shows how she considers many important aspects of the work - engagement, review and assessment, diversified instruction, and even closure. She really thought outside the box and put a lot of effort into this lesson. I am really impressed."

"Holly's strategy was selected as February's Strategy of the Month not only because of the way it engages students, but also because of its flexibility," noted Gary Kosman, Founder and CEO, America Learns. "Any tutor, teacher or parent with limited PowerPoint experience can download the file, customize it with math content, social studies information or science problems and engage students in an exciting reinforcement and review process. We know the resource that Holly created will be useful for years to come."

Simon's strategy will be available for the remainder of February at http://americalearns.net/thestrategy.htm, and will be permanently available to all members of the America Learns Network community.

About the University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps:
In the Fall of 1997, the University of Michigan's Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, its Office of Financial Aid, and its School of Education joined forces to form the University of Michigan America Reads Tutoring Corps. America Reads is committed to having all children reading well and independently by the end of third grade. By recruiting University of Michigan students to serve as tutors, America Reads gets students excited about reading, improves students' literacy skills, provides greater access to books and opportunities for reading with an adult, and supports literacy development at home. Beginning in September 2005 America Reads expanded from approximately 100 to 200 tutors thanks to a grant from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation to expand the program. Each year more than 600 children in area schools receive reading assistance from America Reads tutors. Learn more at http://www.umich.edu/~mserve/areads/.

About America Learns, LLC:
Los Angeles-based America Learns is a global educational performance and accountability firm reaching more than 20,000 students worldwide. The company's flagship service, the America Learns Network, helps organizations to simultaneously collect their educators' best practices from the field, share those strategies with educators as soon as they need them, and measure educators' performance. Organizations using its services include universities (e.g., Dwight Hall at Yale, Duke University, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, and the University of Michigan), community-based nonprofits, after-school programs, and school districts (e.g., the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Minneapolis Public Schools). The company also creates and publishes high quality, meaningful, stress-free learning resources for children that are steeped in relevant research and practice. Learn more at http://www.americalearns.net or by calling 310-689-0542.

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