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TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership

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The TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership is a community engagement initiative of TAMIU funded by the Lamar Bruni Vergara Charitable Trust.

The Literacy Partnership collaborates with both Laredo ISD and United ISD to promote grade-level reading in early elementary grades, hands-on experiences for future teachers and other young future professionals, and professional development for elementary literacy educators.

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About the Partnership

The TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership began in 2011 as a field experience at Cuellar Elementary for College of Education students. Dr. Philip Roberson, along with the principal Ms. Melissa Shinn, opened the first Literacy Enrichment Center to bring talented TAMIU tutors together with emerging readers who needed intervention to meet reading goals.

What is a Literacy Enrichment Center? A Literacy Enrichment Center (LEC) is a dedicated classroom in a partner elementary school. In the LEC emerging readers grow their literacy skills in one-on-one tutoring sessions. LECs are furnished by the school with simple, organized stations so that each tutor and student always have a place to work comfortably. LECs have a rich library of books organized by reading level so that students & tutors are always working at the student’s “just right” reading level.

Who are the tutors? Tutors come to the Partnership from several different avenues. Some are students working for course credit; others are employees of TAMIU, Laredo College, or Laredo ISD. The Partnership has proudly hosted AmeriCorps members as tutors since 2016. Visit Become a Tutor page to find out how to become a tutor.

Beginnings: Dr. Roberson designed the first LEC based on his experience in Metropolitan Nashville (TN) Public Schools. Nashville’s Reading Clinics used an adaptation of the Reading Recovery intervention. Dr. Tammy Lipsey created the Five-Part Lesson format used by the Partnership from 2011-2018. In 2011 Laredo’s first LEC opened in Cuellar Elementary School (UISD) in the fall of 2011, subsequently serving over 100 emerging readers each school year. As success drew attention, the service was extended to four additional schools beginning in February, 2015.

Expansion: With generous financial support from the Lamar Bruni Vergara Charitable Trust, the TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership expanded to multiple schools in both Laredo public school districts, with five LECs operating in 2015. Subsequent federal funding allowed for expansion to additional schools in subsequent years.

Current Partners: Partner schools include five Lamar Bruni Vergara-prioritized campuses and several additional partner campuses. LBV-prioritized schools are Cuellar and Veterans Memorial (UISD); Ligarde, Macdonell, and Bruni Elementary Schools (LISD). In addition to these five LBV-prioritized schools, the Literacy Partnership includes Bonnie Garcia (UISD); Daiches, Leyendecker, Sanchez/Ochoa, Santa Maria, and Zachry (LISD).

Contact Info

TAMIU-LBV Literacy Partnership
Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library 415
literacy@tamiu.edu 
(956)326-3160

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