A Free Course for Parents, Volunteers, Student Teachers, Assistant Teachers and Paraprofessionals: Strategies to Support Children in Making Optimal Progress as Readers and Writers

Friday, March 27, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 PM EST

For the past six years, the Teachers College Reading and Writing has trained hundreds of parent volunteers , paraprofessionals, assistant teachers and student teachers in ways to work in intense 1:1 tutorials to help youngsters (ages 5-7 ) accelerate their progress as readers and writers. This year, in a 40-day tutorial, the average child receiving this help more than doubled their rate of progress and most met grade level benchmark after 40 sessions.

In this hour long tutorial, we’ll provide you with the basics that you need to get started working one-to-one with a child. We’ll demonstrate ways to support kids with fluent reading that will deepen comprehension, how to introduce new books, have book talks, show methods for the explicit teaching of phonics and support kids with spelling.

This tutorial will be led by Amanda Hartman, TCRWP Deputy Director, who has been leading teachers throughout the nation.

Enrollment is limited because this course will be live.


Please click the link below to register in advance for this meeting:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Enrollment is limited because this course will be live and interactive. Registration will be first-come, first-serve. Once the workshop if full, registration will close.


You do not need to have a Zoom account or any Zoom experience to participate. If you are new to Zoom, please watch this 1-minute video and sign onto the call at least 10 minutes early in case you need tech support. You will need the following:

  • A computer or laptop (strongly preferred) or other device (tablet, smartphone). After you register, you will receive a link in your email. At the time of the event, you’ll click that link to enter the presentation. A laptop with built-in camera, microphone, and speakers is probably the ideal device to use for the call.
  • A headset or earbuds. You will be listening and, at times, speaking. Check your audio ahead of time to make sure your device microphone and speakers are functional. A headset reduces background noise and audio feedback.
  • A quiet space away from other people or noise.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Make sure the light source is in front of you, not behind you.
  • Clean your computer camera with a tissue or screen cleaner.
  • Keep yourself muted unless you are actively speaking.