America Reads is a federally funded work-study program, and has been present at San Francisco State University since 1997. The "America Reads Challenge" stems from President Clinton's educational initiative to ensure that every child in America learned to read well with the help of a reading tutor. Federal work-study funds enable colleges and universities to hire service-minded college students to help meet this challenge.
San Francisco State University students are hired as tutors to work in 3rd grade classrooms in San Francisco elementary schools. America Reads tutors have great opportunities to start their teaching career and gain important skills during their participation with the program. Partnering with the Graduate College of Education in Burk Hall, America Reads tutors gain insight into the teaching credential pathways provided by the Department of Elementary Education.
Our SFSU AMERICA READS office is located in the Graduate College of Education, Cahill Learning Resources and Media Laboratory in Burk Hall 319. We are centrally located on the main SFSU campus, next to the Cesar Chavez Student Center and Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building.