Contact ARAC

1110 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-314-7323
arac@umd.edu

Programs

America Reads

America Reads is a reading tutoring program for 1st and 2nd grade students. University of Maryland mentors work one-on-one with students twice a week, providing extra instruction and support in reading and writing. All mentors receive extensive training from Prince George's County Reading Specialists in Reading Recovery and general tutoring methods.

America Reads runs Monday-Friday, from approximately 8:00am to 11:00am. Mentors are required to work two days per week. 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Engage children in enjoyable experiences with literature, reading, writing, and listening.
  • Help children feel successful by providing positive feedback and support.
  • Model how reading and writing are pleasurable and important activities.
  • To develop a sense of the importance of community involvement in University of Maryland students.

PARTICIPATING ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WILL

  • Develop a positive attitude about reading and increase motivation to read
  • Receive one-on-one attention
  • Improve reading fluency, reading comprehension, and decoding skills
  • Increase use of strategies while reading
  • Increase sight word vocabulary
  • Improve spelling of high frequency words and use of spelling patterns in unknown words
 

America Counts

America Counts is an after-school math tutoring program for 4th grade students. University of Maryland mentors work with groups of 2-4 students twice a week after school, providing homework help, and engaging students in math "centers" that review difficult math concepts in an active, hands-on way.

America Counts runs Monday-Thursday, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Mentors typically work two days per week.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To develop and facilitate enriching activities that link basic mathematical concepts to everyday life skills and events
  • To boost the mentees' self- confidence and self-esteem in their ability to do mathematics
  • To expose elementary school students to career possibilities that utilize mathematical concepts and skills, such as engineering, computer science, and math education
  • To provide additional support for classroom teachers in mathematics
  • To foster the development of collaborative thinking and teamwork
  • To develop a sense of the importance of community involvement in University of Maryland students

PARTICIPATING ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WILL

  • Develop a positive attitude about mathematics and increase motivation to link concepts to everyday life
  • Receive personal attention
  • Improve basic mathematics skills and strategies for problem solving and critical thinking
  • Complete long term projects linking mathematics concepts to real-world activities
  • Improve strategies for taking mathematics assessments
  • Increase cooperative learning skills
  • Gain insight to solving complex problems


Partners in Print

The Partners in Print program provides a supportive environment where parents can discover how to help their children learn to read. Partners in Print mentors conduct evening workshops with parents and their Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children. These workshops are centered on ways parents can engage their children in reading at home. Workshops are conducted in both English and Spanish.

Partners in Print runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Mentors are required to work two days per week. 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Parents have the training to help their children read.
  • Children, teachers and parents receive the benefits of a long-lasting parent-involvement program.
  • Children become better readers and readers for life.
  • Parents stay involved in their children's education.
  • Children learn how to read at home, not just at school.
  • Children learn how language works from their parents.
  • Parents who read with children provide positive influences toward reading.
 

Maryland Reads Day

The America Reads program places University of Maryland student mentors in 12 Prince George's County elementary schools to work with first and second graders on developing literacy and writing skills. On Maryland Reads Day, all the children that participate in the program come to campus for the day to celebrate their accomplishments, engage in reading and writing activities, interact with college students, and experience a college campus. We will need 300-450 volunteers to make this event happen - check back in the spring for details about how to get involved in Maryland Reads Day 2013!

 


Maryland Counts Day

The America Counts program places University of Maryland students in 8 Prince George's County elementary schools to work with fourth graders on sharpening math and problem-solving skills. On Maryland Counts Day, all the children that participate in the program come to campus for the day to celebrate their accomplishments, engage in a variety of math activities, interact with college students, and experience a college campus. We will need 200-300 volunteers to make this event happen - check back in the spring for details about how to get involved in Maryland Counts Day 2013!

If you are a campus department or student group interested in hosting a "rotation station" for Maryland Counts Day this year, which would involve facilitating some sort of hands-on math activity with 4th graders, please contact us!

 


Partners in Print Family Day

The Partners in Print program provides a supportive environment where parents can discover how to help their children learn to read. Partners in Print mentors conduct evening literacy workshops in English and Spanish with local parents and their Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade children throughout the year. On Partners in Print Family Day, all participating families are invited to campus for an afternoon to participate in activities together, connect with resources on campus and in the local community, and become more familiar with the university. We will need 30-50 volunteers to make this event happen (Spanish-speaking volunteers especially needed!) Check back in the spring for details about how to get involved in Partners in Print Family Day 2013!