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Detroit Free Press column puts spotlight on WSU's new Mort and Brigitte Harris Office for Adult Literacy

January 7, 2013

Wayne State University has announced plans for its new Mort and Brigitte Harris Office for Adult Literacy, which will train students to become tutors and teach tutors to train others. It will work closely with Reading Works, a growing community initiative whose partner agencies work diligently to boost adult literacy in southeast Michigan. "The office will have three functions," said Jerry Herron, dean of Wayne State's Irvin D. Reid Honors College, where the office will be located. "The first is to teach the teachers and train the trainers to increase the capacity to help adults who want to read. The second is to provide resources to the community to study outcomes and determine how large the problem is. We want to bring the research facilities of a research university to bear on this." As its third goal, the office plans to help Reading Works convene a national summit in Detroit to show the world "that we're not only good at identifying problems, we're good at solving problems," Herron said.