Community Service-Learning: Literacy Tutoring


  • Leslee K Bailey-Tarbett University of Memphis
  • Rebecca Anderson University of Memphis


Service-Learning, literacy, tutoring, after-school, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Social Justice Practices


Community Service-Learning: Literacy Tutoring is a 3-hour, elective, undergraduate level course at the University of X. This course has been taught for three years during fall and spring semesters and provides honors, education, and Spanish students an opportunity to partner with the community.  During an afterschool program at a local elementary school, university students tutor small groups of 2nd and 3rd grade children in literacy skills and create bilingual books that are donated to children at X Children’s Hospital.  Along with the course details and syllabus, we offer lessons learned for designing and implementing a community service-learning course.

Author Biographies

Leslee K Bailey-Tarbett, University of Memphis

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Literacy Doctoral Student

Rebecca Anderson, University of Memphis

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Literacy Professor



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