The School of Education is extremely proud of our Community Service Initiative. Our pre-service teacher candidates (predominately freshman and sophomore students) devote six hours per semester working with students who represent historically marginalized groups of children. The Monmouth University students tutor the pupils in all aspects of literacy development; oral language, reading, and writing. The sites that we have used include the Food Pantry at St. Anthony’s of Padua Community Center in Red Bank as well as the Red Bank Charter School.
The experience has proven to be extremely enriching for our students as well as the children that they tutor. Feedback from the teachers of the pupils in the schools has indicated that the children have progressed in language and literacy (many of the students are classified as English Language Learners). Moreover, Monmouth University students have reported developing huge leaps in their own growth of social justice dispositions, which is critical to their successful teaching in 21st century schools.