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community-university-school partnerships, literacy development, service-learning, teacher preparation


Educator preparation programs seek to provide teacher candidates with authentic learning experiences that support the learning process, and one means is to engage teacher candidates in service-learning. Elementary schools are tasked with improving the literacy outcomes of struggling readers, and community-based programs focused on literacy, seek to improve the literacy achievement of its’ citizens. This work explores how an educator preparation program collaborated with a community-based organization to provide elementary, struggling readers with 1:1 literacy instruction via teacher candidates from the local university. The aim is to showcase the process, procedures, and benefits of universities partnering with local PK-12 schools and community-based organizations.

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Pittman, R. T., Garfield, T., & Piper, R. E. (2020). Increasing the Literacy Knowledge of Teacher Candidates: Why Service-Learning Matters. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-based Research and Practice, 3(1), 7. DOI:

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