ingLast updated: 9/29/2020
As students and their families grapple with academic interruption from the coronavirus, programs that empower young people, engage whole communities, and center around youth, are the way forward. Working collaboratively with our school and library partners, Team Read is ready to do all that we can to emerge from this unusual period even stronger.
What has Team Read done to support reading pairs since program sites closed?
From mid-March, Team Read’s normal operations were suspended along with school and library closures. Our staff quickly reached out to teen coaches and parents of student readers to see how we could continue to support them during this ambiguous time. Based on what they said would be most helpful, we facilitated ways for reading pairs to stay in touch and developed at-home activities, including literacy games, leveled fluency packets, and a bi-weekly newsletter for coaches.
Over the summer, we piloted an online tutoring program in partnership with Seattle and Highline Public Schools, serving nearly 100 student readers and providing jobs for 40 teens. Reading coaches worked one:one with students on Zoom, practicing sights words and reading together.
Will there be an after school program?
Yes! Team Read’s 2020-21 program kicked off in November and will be online for the entire school year. Student readers receive 45 minutes of one:one tutoring with a teen reading coach twice per week. Programming is after school, with sessions at 4pm and 5pm. Each coach is working with two students per day, focusing on sight words, fluency, reading comprehension, and phonics.
Team Read plans to serve 300 young readers and provide jobs for at least 150 teens in Seattle and Highline.
Resources for Student Readers
The most important thing you can do to build a strong reader is to include 20 minutes of reading time at home every day. Here are suggestions for your student’s 20 minutes:
- Let your student choose the book.
- Provide a quiet, comfy space to read.
- TV off. No screens around.
- Include a snack or a favorite stuffed animal. Students can read to their stuffies.
- Ask your student about the book.
- Find ways to connect the book to your student’s life (A book about penguins? Ask your student what they already know about penguins).
- Encourage your student to read aloud to you.
Online access to books
- The Seattle Public Library and King County Library
- Raz-Kids (used in Team Read tutoring sessions)
- Tumble Book Library
We will continue to update this section to provide additional resources
for student readers and their families. Stay tuned!