Dunn works closely with MCRA to fit their mission into the bigger picture of countywide literacy. For example, along with past coordinator, Pat Graham, Dunn met with community leaders in DeRuyter who agreed to begin hosting tutors and finding a local coordinator. Tara continues this expansion. She made contacts in Georgetown and New Woodstock to begin MCRA’s one-to-one ABE/GRE/ESL work at these sites.
While leading those initiatives, Truett is working with Colgate University. Colgate has expressed interest in working with MCRA to test some new CAI (computer assisted instruction) materials with Madison County Reads Ahead’s ESL tutors and students. There are currently 12 ESL students (speaking Russian, Spanish, Bisayan Tagalog, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Thai) receiving help in Oneida, Cazenovia, Hamilton and Morrisville.