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Growing literacy skills in our community

The Literacy Lab in the UW-Stevens Point School of Education is a strategic practicum experience that builds preservice teachers’ self-efficacy to teach reading. From assessing students and pinpointing instructional priorities to designing lessons that respond to students’ academic needs and interests, UWSP preservice teachers learn how to put the pieces together to make meaningful instructional decisions that accelerate learning outcomes. We are also pleased that the program serves a community need to support elementary students in growing their literacy skills.

The Literacy Lab is a win-win program simultaneously providing children with extra reading support and UWSP students with valuable applied learning experience.
UWSP preservice teachers (per semester) are building their literacy skills while serving elementary students.
elementary students participate from the Stevens Point Area Public School District
on-site locations
Stevens Point Area Public School District
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Program Partners

We currently offer our Literacy Lab through the Stevens Point Area Public School District at Washington Elementary School and at Jefferson Elementary School in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club. Since relaunching the Literacy Lab in fall 2022, we have achieved numerous accomplishments that have significantly impacted both UWSP preservice teachers and elementary students.

“Elementary students are excited to partner with college students. They look up to them as positive role models and the Literacy Lab is a wonderful way for them to receive additional help outside traditional learning modes.”
– Parent of Participant

Our Literacy Faculty

Our Literacy Lab is led by three dynamic faculty members who have a bright vision to grow the reach and impact of the Literacy Lab.
Amber Garbe

Amber Garbe

  • Assistant Professor – Education
  • Literacy Coordinator
  • Reading Methods & Elementary Social Studies Methods
Polly Manske

Polly Manske

  • Teaching Professor – School of Education
Jacquelyn Sernau

Jacquelyn Sernau

  • Associate Lecturer – School of Education
  • Coordinator – Foundations of Reading Test (FoRT)
“Literacy Lab is extending my passion for teaching, making me more excited to be a teacher, and I am so thankful our program has given me this opportunity!”
– UWSP School of Education Student