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Oregon 97208
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We believe that when given a chance, students in special education can succeed in school. But today in Oregon, nearly two-thirds of these promising youngsters don't graduate with their class. From a very early age, children with learning disabilities disengage from school due to shame, persistent failure, and classrooms unequipped to help them persevere in the profound daily challenge of reading and writing. The Shadow Project seeks to change their life trajectory. We team with teachers to reach kids who see themselves as "stupid" and help them become confident, engaged learners who feel like they belong in school.
The Shadow Project is a Portland-based nonprofit that leverages the existing education system to deliver a cost-effective, high impact program to special education classrooms that has helped more than 6,500 at-risk students build habits for success. In the past year, students in our program, past and present, have graduated from college, met state benchmarks for reading for the first time, and even placed in the state chess championships!

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I have had the opportunity to work with the Shadow Project for the last four years. I appreciate their vision, passion, and support they have given to me and my students. The "I Can" mantra is infectious. It has made a difference when faced with curriculum that seemed challenging. The opposite... more »
Let me just say, The Shadow Project is AMAZING!!!! I have been working with this nonprofit for over 6 years and I don't know where I would be without it. My students are highly motivated by the goal writing options and the incentives behind the Shadow Project. This has helped my students and I to ... more »
I've been working with The Shadow Project for over 5 years. I've seen tremendous growth amongst the students that have taken full advantage of all it has to offer. Some of the huge successes are: turning a complete non-reader into a recreational reader, encouraging kids to attend school, helping ... more »
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