The CRT program is the inaugural WITS program. Volunteers work with a teacher to support the classroom in literacy goals, with each volunteer’s service tailored to the needs of the class. Classroom Reading Tutors often work with small groupsor one-on-one with students to build literacy skills.
PreK (Age 3-5), Grades K-8
Central, Far North Side, Far Southeast Side, North Side, Northwest Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
Collaborative Literacy is a comprehensive K-6 literacy curriculum that addresses all of the core concepts, strategies, and skills traditionally taught in the language arts block while placing the integration of academic and social development at the heart of student learning.
Reading, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Teacher Training
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, guide high school students through all of the key aspects of preparing for college during after-school sessions for two hours twice a week. Over the course of their junior and senior years, students complete 320 hours of curriculum in a supportive group of college-bound peers. College Possible high school graduates are coached through the transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. Their coaches, serving as AmeriCorps members, prepare them to be financially literate students with great study skills, ready to face the common obstacles to graduation.
The Project publishes writing from the workshops in a magazine, Real Conditions, and distributes it to families, friends, and neighbors. We see the writing as part of a larger flow of popular art that emanates from the communities where the writers live and work. The writing workshops meet in community sites where the creative work of the members is the primary content of the sessions. Participants read and discuss each others’ work and collectively help develop pieces that eventually appear in Real Conditions. The atmosphere in the workshops is cooperative, comfortable, and friendly. All are welcome. Some workshops meet weekly and are on-going; others meet more often for shorter, predetermined lengths of time. We make the publications available to community institutions such as schools, churches, businesses, libraries, social service agencies, and food banks. Following the release of a magazine, the writers often host a public event where the writing can be discussed more wide ly with families, friends, neighbors, and interested others.
Expository Writing, Creative Writing
Far North Side, North Side, South Side, Southwest Side, West Side
CYS In Schools offers a variety of Shakespeare learning programs for students and their teachers during the school day. Designed specifically for each school’s curriculum and student learning goals, programs range from single workshops, to week-long immersion classes and long-term residencies. CYS teaching artists work collaboratively with teachers to make Shakespeare come alive in their classrooms, giving them the tools to get students up on their feet and participating actively in the learning process.
Reading, Creative Writing, Dramatic Play, ELL/ESL, Teacher Training, Curriculum Development