A Way With Words and Numbers (AWWWN) is a community-based non-profit program that teams undergraduate students from the University of Missouri (MU) with local children to improve their struggling literacy and mathematics skills. MU graduate students coordinate the program’s services and guide the undergraduates as they tutor the young learners. The program improves young learners’ academic and social achievement while benefiting the professional development and civic awareness of the student tutors and site coordinators.
- 2,500 Children and adults tutored annually
- 250 Undergraduate tutors
- 14 Graduate student site coordinators
- 25,000 MU student tutoring hours
Serving the Community
The program currently serves the Columbia, MO community by providing tutoring services in 14 public elementary schools and after-school tutoring at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. Undergraduate tutors are assigned to school classrooms and community sites to provide an extra set of hands during reading or math lessons. The program is continuing to evolve as to better meet the needs of the youth in our community.
We are now systematically providing evidence-based literacy interventions to students. AWWWN has now adopted Path to Reading Excellence in School Sites (PRESS) which provides an evidence-based approach to data-driven literacy instruction. We originally piloted it in 3 schools, but have expanded this program to over 13 schools over the past year and offer this program for all students K-5 in our after school tutoring program.
- “I could not be happier with the PRESS program and how beneficial it is for our students. Our site coordinator is amazing and we are so lucky for her knowledge, organization, professionalism and desire to help provide interventions for our students who really need it . The children look forward to their time with the tutors and they are all very knowledgeable. The growth the students have made is impressive. This program is wonderful!” – Beulah Ralph Site Contact
- “The Site Coordinator and the other tutors from AWWWN have truly made an impact on our students this year. The majority of students who met with these tutors grew not only in their reading and math performance, but more so in their confidence. It has been incredible to see how much more receptive they’ve been to feedback and how they recall moments from tutor sessions when it comes to reading with another adult or classmates in a small group. My students look forward to their times with their tutors and have made relationships that they won’t soon forget. Thank you to our Site Contact and the rest of the outstanding tutors for Derby Ridge. They’re professional, diligent, patient, and most importantly impactful.” – Derby Ridge Teacher
- School administrators say that in many cases, A Way With Words & Numbers’ tutors are the only assistance schools are able to provide to children who need extra support in these high-need subjects.
For more information
Claire Nolan & McKinzie Duesenberg
Associate Directors, A Way With Words & Numbers
University of Missouri