MINNEAPOLIS — A coalition of organizations, businesses leaders and educators is launching an initiative to provide better-trained volunteer literacy tutors for students in hopes of closing the achievement gap in Minnesota.
Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak leads the Generation Next partnership. He says many dedicated volunteers already are reading to children in the Twin Cities, but they often lack the training they need to impact a student's literacy skills.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1EC4PHa ) reports that the coalition's "Gen Next Reads" initiative will pair volunteers with local literacy groups that have been working to improve the training of reading tutors. Those groups are now using a new assessment tool developed at the University of Minnesota to track students' progress.
The coalition will work over the next several months to find and train literacy tutors.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com