Join Team Read
We are currently accepting 2020-21 school year applications for returning coaches in Seattle only. Please check back for more opportunities in the next several weeks.
Team Read supports second and third grade students (and fourth grade where available) who are not yet reading at grade level. Students are referred into the program by their classroom teacher, or other staff at their school, early in the academic year. They meet with their teen coaches after school two times per week, beginning in November through mid-May. The program is free for referred students.
Team Read helps student readers:
- Build confidence in reading
- Gain vocabulary
- Develop reading comprehension
- Read more fluently
- Strengthen phonetic skills
Former Team Read reading coach Will Hunt said it best: “Team Read is a place where teens are valued because they are teens.” Teens bring energy, creativity, compassion, and commitment to their work as the reading coaches of our second and third graders.
- Modeling great reading with read-alouds
- Growing students’ vocabulary through work on phonics and recognizable “sight words”
- Asking questions that encourage reading comprehension
- Playing literacy games
- Developing fluency through reading “just right” books
- Building friendships that boost confidence
- Sharing their love of reading
Why should I be a reading coach?
Our reading coaches tell us that they gain as much from the program as their students do, including:
- Learning how to teach young children basic reading skills
- Building job skills, such as communication, patience, responsibility, and the ability to work with all kinds of people
- Developing patience, self-confidence, and a sense of accomplishment
- Building their work and college resumes
- Being considered for promotions; each year, we promote outstanding reading coaches to be site assistants or peer leaders.
- Receiving hourly pay (minimum wage) or saving money for college or earning service learning hours*
- Gaining leadership skills through our volunteer Ambassador Program, where coaches can connect and support their peers, increase public awareness of the program and offer ideas for program development.
On request, Team Read staff members provide letters of recommendation for scholarship applications, college applications, and job references.
* College savings option only available in Seattle. Eighth graders in Seattle and Highline are volunteers and are not eligible to be paid until summer.
Are you qualified to be a coach?
Coaches must possess the following qualifications:
- Have a strong interest in helping a younger student become a better reader
- Be a good role model for younger students
- Communicate and read clearly in English
- Speaking one or more languages in addition to English is a bonus!
- Demonstrate a commitment to academics and the importance of reading
- Student in eighth-twelfth grade
- Good attendance record (no more than seven unexcused absences in the previous school year)
- Parent permission and three references by teachers or other school personnel
- Commitment to the program twice a week for at least a full semester