Our Curriculum

Team Read’s curriculum and materials have been developed over the last 18 years by reading teachers who incorporate the best literacy strategies and proven classroom tutoring experience into our program. Informed by reading research and years of experience, the curriculum is designed to develop vocabulary, reading fluency and comprehension.

The primary instructional tool used by our reading coaches is the Power Reader Journal (PRJ).  The PRJ is structured so that lessons include sight word work, phonics, reading comprehension and fluency.

Lessons in the PRJ are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Team Read provides a collection of fun, interesting culturally relevant books at each elementary school. Half are fiction, and half are non-fiction or informational.

Our Partner Schools

Seattle Team Read is thrilled to be partnering again with several SPS elementary schools, as well as Seattle Public Library and other local organizations. This year we are introducing two new programs: Team Read+ and a 4th grade pilot.

  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary (Team Read+)
  • Concord International Elementary
  • Lowell Elementary
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary (Team Read+ and 4th grade pilot)
  • Orca K-8
  • Thurgood Marshall Elementary
  • Van Asselt Elementary
  • NewHolly Branch Library
  • High Point Branch Library
  • East African Community Services


We’re expanding in Highline Public Schools! Highline Team Read will have two tutoring sites this year:

  • Hazel Valley Elementary
  • Midway Elementary


Given today’s resource constraints in the public school system, teachers and other school staff can’t bridge this reading gap alone. The reading support needs of our children are too great, so we work closely with principals and teachers to provide high-quality programming at our partner schools.

“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

Summer Program

Team Read’s summer program has been growing and evolving since 2012. Team Read is committed to offering year-round support by continuing to provide school year participants with literacy tutoring in the summer. The summer program also gives new children in the community the opportunity to experience what we have to offer. Each summer Team Read partners with the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Public Schools Summer Staircase program to provide reading tutoring support for vulnerable first, second, and third-grade students and job opportunities for our current coaches. In 2017, we welcomed a new partner, South Park Community Center, to serve students from Concord International Elementary School and the South Park community. We also worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary to provide 5 days of tutoring support for students already participating in Summer Staircase (other summer programs are 2 days/week).

If you have any questions about the summer program please contact our Summer Program Coordinator, Rose Nakano at rose@teamread.org.


Children who do not read during the summer can lose months of academic progress. Team Read is dedicated to helping local students stay on track and continue to succeed throughout the year. Learn more:

Best Practices in the Summer

Summer Reading Loss