Partnership for Academic Achievement
The National Council of Negro Women promotes literacy development, fosters academic achievement and supports community leaders in efforts to close the achievement gap, by offering the following workshops to its affiliates, sections, community groups and organizations:
Reading Leadership Academy
This workshop provides volunteer tutors with an overview of the process by which a student learns to read, instructional strategies and the important components of reading instruction, and sample activities for tutoring students who are struggling with learning to read. NCNW, in collaboration with The University of Texas Center for Reading and Language Arts, developed the curriculum, "Helping Hearts, Helping Hands: Guide for Volunteer Reading Tutors" that is used in the Reading Leadership Academy workshops.
Bringing Literacy Home
This workshop guides parents and child caregivers through the stages of a child's literacy development from birth to grade three. Participants gain detailed information about the developmental milestones a child achieves on the path to reading and writing. The curriculum used in the Bringing Literacy Home workshop was developed by NCNW and is designed to:
- Strengthen adults' understanding of the importance of early literacy development.
- Provide resources for adults to support children's early literacy development.
- Upgrade adults' skills for helping children become proficient readers.
Supplemental Education Services
Too often parents are either unaware of their rights under the No Child Left Behind Act or do not know how to navigate the system to make sure that available services are provided for their children. NCNW's Supplemental Educational Services (SES) workshop is designed to:
- Provide information and explanations regarding the No Child Left Behind Act, with special emphasis on Supplemental Educational Services.
- Enlighten workshop participants regarding SES guidelines, procedures and timelines.
- Walk participants through the application process for becoming an SES provider.