September 19, 2011
Reading Partners has a great model for partnering with schools and engaging significant numbers of volunteers in improving kids' reading skills. The curriculum takes tutors and students step-by-step through learning to read and improving their comprehension, based on staff assessment of the student's current reading skills. As I am not a teacher by training, I have really appreciated the curriculum and the support the staff provide. Volunteers work one-on-one with the same student each week during the school year, and I am grateful to have come to know some of these students.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have seen students improve their reading skills by more than a grade level over the course of a year.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Keep refining the staff support model to provide continuity in relationships with volunteers.
Volunteer & Volunteer tutor for four years; member of local advisory board for less than one year.