Reading Partners

Rating: 4.91 stars   32 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 180 Grand Avenue Suite 800 Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: We envision a future in which all children in this nation have the reading skills they need to reach their full potential. Reading Partners is committed to helping children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.
Results: Reading Partners is focused on data and results. We are dedicated to ensuring that every investment made in the success of our students leads to a measurable increase in reading skills. During the 2011-12 school year: • 89% of students accelerated their progress in reading. • 73% of students ended the year closer to grade level than when they started school. • 78% of students who began the year with low self-confidence demonstrated increased confidence by year’s end. • 97% of principals noted school-wide progress in reading.
Target demographics: students who are reading six months to two-and-a-half years below grade level
Geographic areas served: low-income schools across the country
Programs: We recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students by following a structured, research-based curriculum.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to be on the National Board of Reading Partners. Everyday across the country Reading Partners gives children the lifelong gift of reading. The one-on-one tutoring model not only is an excellent teaching tool but gives the students access to an adult role model. The investment of time and resources in Reading Partners creates an infinite return!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have witness the joy of a 3rd grader who has learned how to read thanks to the work of Reading Partners. Reading Partners is unique in that it partners with schools, brings in a platoon of volunteer tutors, teaches children how to read based on a reading curriculum, and achieves measurable results. It is a great way to leverage the volunteer spirit in this country to help children learn how to read. It is a fact that if children fall behind their peers in reading at an early age they never catch up and their chances for success are significantly limited. The great thing about Reading Partners is that it works. Reading Partners quantifies the success of its students. But still, behind the numbers, there is no better evidence of success than the smile of an 8 year old or 9 year old who realizes they've got it!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand to more cities so more children across the country could benefit from the excellent work of this exciting, innovative non-profit.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer tutor in Santa Clara CA and a Silicon Valley Board Member for a year now. I became involved with Reading Partners after learning about their evidence-based curriculum and demonstrated success improving students reading skills. Last year I worked with a 3rd grader once a week for 45 minutes. She was pretty shy, but it didn't take long for her to open up, gain confidence, and take more academic risks.

RP is a great organization!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

one-on-one tutoring evidenced-based outcomes

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get tutoring centers in more schools!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a tutor with Reading Partners for the last 7 years. I've stayed involved for so long because they do such a great job helping students learn to read. The curriculum is excellent, they are very considerate of tutors' time and they do a terrific job measuring the students' progress so you know you're making a difference. I joined their Silicon Valley board last year and am excited to be part of helping this great program expand.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reading skills that the students I've tutored have gained.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to help them expand even faster.

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