Impact

Student Readers

“In 2018, 51% of students in South King County did not meet standards on the 4th Grade English Language Arts assessment.” (Source: Road Map Project) That’s where Team Read comes in. Our structured curriculum with one-on-one tutoring enables young students to develop essential reading skills for academic success. Each year, hundreds of second and third graders who are reading below grade level proficiency become confident, joyful readers by participating in Team Read.

“Compared to other programs, [Team Read] is more a diagnostic, strategic, and intentional intervention. The ratio is incredible with one-to-one tutoring.” – Principal

  • 100% of principals report Team Read is a high-quality program for their schools.
  • 71% of students who started the year below grade level made one or more grade levels of reading growth after participating in the program.
  • 87% of families agree that Team Read helped their child learn to read.

 

Teen Reading Coaches

Teen participation in the workforce has steadily declined over the past decade, particularly for kids from low-income and minority communities. Team Read provides teens with the opportunity to gain valuable work skills and the satisfaction of changing the lives of children in their community, while also acquiring tangible benefits such as pay, college savings, or service hours.

“This experience has been empowering… and it created my path towards education. Now I want to be a teacher. I have grown more patient, more communicative, and I enjoy working with youth.” – Reading Coach

  • 100% of site assistants and 85% of reading coaches indicated their roles helped them develop skills they can use in other work settings, now and in the future
  • 99% of parents say Team Read gave their teen the chance to make a difference
  • 73% of site assistants and 38% of reading coaches say Team Read made them consider teaching as a profession

 

Evaluation

Evaluating our impact and continuously improving our program are imperatives built into Team Read’s organizational DNA. Since 1998, we’ve hired independent evaluators to help us design and implement annual program reviews.

We use district academic reading assessment data and feedback from key program stakeholders—reading coaches, referring teachers, principals, and parents of both readers and coaches—to assess reading growth and attitudes towards reading of our second and third graders. Surveys and focus groups help measure how our teen reading coaches have benefited.

Winifred Todd

“Future opportunities for students are driven by academic achievement. Team Read is a standard bearer of closing the opportunity gap.”

Winifred Todd

Principal, Dunlap Elementary,
Seattle Public Schools
Kris Barnes

“Team Read gives high school tutors the roots of responsibility and grade school children the wings of reading independence—the perfect give and take for supporting all students to learn and grow.”

Kris Barnes

Instructional Services,
Seattle Public Schools
Kathleen Vasquez

“Simply put, Team Read is smart. By pairing caring and committed middle school and high school students with second- and third-graders needing reading support, Team Read reinforces key elements of reading for young readers while providing young adults with an opportunity to be teachers, leaders, and problem-solvers.”

Kathleen Vasquez

Reading and Social Studies Program Manager,
Seattle Public Schools
Tanya Anderson

“The work Team Read does with grade-school and high-school kids changes their trajectory in life.”

Tanya Anderson

Board Treasurer,
Ash Consulting, LLC
Margaret Woley

“I love the dual benefit of Team Read—literacy tutoring for second- and third-graders, and leadership and employment for the high school students.”

Margaret Woley

Former President
Tran Meyers

“As a former Team Read reading coach, I felt so much pride in watching my student develop confidence in his reading ability. Team Read creates an environment that allows both tutors and young students to make a meaningful impact in each other’s lives through reading.”

Tran Meyers

Wells Fargo
Greg Imel

“Team Read is an outstanding extended-learning literacy opportunity for Gatzert Elementary students. It is a program with integrity that just keeps getting better over the last dozen years that we have partnered with them. Gatzert students love to work with their tutors to improve their reading skills. This is a strong program that benefits children, schools, and future citizens of the city of Seattle.”

Greg Imel

Principal, Bailey Gatzert Elementary,
Seattle Public Schools
Team Read Program Evaluation Highlights, 2013–14

“All stakeholders—families, principals, referring teachers and site coordinators—report Team Read student readers gain increased enjoyment from reading. Approximately 85% of site coordinators, referring teachers and families report that their child or student likes reading more because of Team Read.”

Team Read Program Evaluation Highlights, 2013–14

MEM Consultants
Team Read Program Evaluation Highlights, 2013–14

“For 91% of coaches and site assistants, Team Read showed them how to work with different kinds of people and gave them skills they can use in other work now or in the future.”

Team Read Program Evaluation Highlights, 2013-14

MEM Consultants

Success Stories

With the support of their reading coaches, as they read more books and learn more words, our students learn to enjoy reading and dive into new books with enthusiasm and joy. All stakeholders—families, principals, referring teachers and site coordinators—report Team Read student readers gain increased enjoyment from reading. Approximately 85% of site coordinators, referring teachers and families report that their child or student likes reading more because of Team Read.