As part of a broader effort to increase the number of volunteers in U.S. elementary schools, Bank Street College of Education engaged CCT staff in an effort to create an informational Web site for literacy tutors working with young children, ages 5 through eight, as well as for teachers, parents and others who work with young children. Through the America Reads project, CCT created a Web site that addressed key literacy issues, such as best practices, common misconceptions and early literacy development research and perspectives, and included sample tutoring lesson plans, activities, book lists, and other resources.
In constructing the site, CCT drew from current research about how to support students in acquiring literacy skills across Emergent Literacy and Early Fluency stages. The site described proven strategies for working with young children as well as frameworks for working with different age groups and skill levels. The site also provided samples of the kinds of questions asked, or the kinds of situations that trainers may find themselves in, and very specific examples of the kinds of responses and actions that volunteers can taken when in these situations.