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 will be online for the entire school year. Student readers will 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 will work 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
Online access to books