Best Practices in the Summer

Year Round Support
Team Read has an established, successful school year program that is the foundation for our summer work.

Access to Reading Materials
Team Read provides books for use during each session and is able to provide free books to youth during the summer program. In partnership with Seattle Public Library, Team Read teaches kids and families about the free and amazing resources available at their community libraries. We work with library staff to help each child get a library card for continued access to books and other materials.

Low Cost/Easy Access
Team Read provides summer programming at no cost to families and is strategically located at libraries, schools and community centers in the communities that we serve.

Small Class Size/Differentiated Instruction
Team Read provides one-on-one structured tutoring with a teen coach, who  is not only helping with reading instruction geared to the student’s needs, but creating an important mentor relationship with his or her student.

Aligned School-Year Curricula
Team Read works in close partnership with Seattle and Highline Public Schools to align our curriculum with school curriculum.

Evaluation
Team Read hires outside evaluators for year round evaluation. This includes gathering information and data from parents, coaches, students, and librarians with a focus on studying the impact of the program which informs improvements.

Sources:
Allington, Richard L., Anne McGill-Franzen. Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap. Teachers College Press, 2013, Columbia University.
Sloan McCombs, Jennifer, et al. Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning. RAND Corporation, 2011.
Terzian, Mary, PH.D., M.S.W., et al. Effective and Promising Summer Learning Programs and Approaches of Economically-Disadvantaged Children and Youth: A White Paper for the Wallace Foundation. July 10, 2009.
2016 Toolkit: Expanding Summer Learning, Meals and Jobs for America’s Young People.