Our Experiences as Reading Partners

Literacy | 07/11/2018

Kate Dando Doran
Director of Communications

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit focused on helping children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Since 2012, they have been working in Colorado, and more specifically in Denver Public Schools. They recently announced that they are expanding to work in Westminster Public Schools as well. Community volunteers provide weekly, individualized instruction to help students who are behind in literacy skills master reading fundamentals. According to Reading Partners, last school year over 900 volunteer reading partners delivered 25,088 tutoring sessions to 629 students in Colorado. And, 86 percent of students achieved their primary end of the year literacy growth goal.

Two Stand Colorado team members volunteered with Reading Partners this year and shared a little bit about their experience below. If you are interested in volunteering with Reading Partners visit their website.

Eura, State Operations Coordinator:

What school did you volunteer with and what grade was your student in?

I volunteered at Trevista Elementary with a fourth grade student.

What was your favorite part of being a Reading Partner?

The best part of being a volunteer was seeing the progress of my student week-to-week and having the chance to build a trusting relationship with her! I felt like coming in consistently every Thursday really made a difference in my student’s reading. I also loved the development opportunities and tutoring resources that Reading Partners offered – it was so easy to tie it all back to the work I do with Stand.

Kate, Communications Director:

What school did you volunteer with and what grade was your student in?

I volunteered at Dora Moore School and I worked with a 1st grade student.

What was your favorite part of being a Reading Partner?

I really enjoyed working with my student every week and it was amazing to watch her reading skills progress. I also loved getting to know her personally and understanding the most effective way to engage with her during our time together…and that sometimes meant some breaks to get the wiggles out! My work as a Reading Partner also gave a much better understanding of the foundational literacy skills we talk about in our work at Stand. I now know what it looks like to see progress in fluency and the types of questions to ask to gauge comprehension.   The entire experience was very fulfilling for me and I would encourage anyone looking to support literacy in their community to get involved next year.

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