Who We Serve
Team Read helps second and third grade students at our partner elementary schools who are reading a year to two years below grade level. Before Team Read our students share some common reading challenges:
- Lack of confidence — many students are discouraged — they’ve been struggling with reading since Kindergarten. This lack of reading confidence plays out in a reluctance to read. that tests the creativity, patience, and commitment of their reading coaches.
- Limited vocabulary — they need to learn more words in general, and better recognize high frequency words (known as “sight words”) instantly.
- Poor reading comprehension — in some instances they can read all of the words on a page without difficulty, but they don’t understand the meaning of what they read. In other cases they read so slowly and stumble over so many words that they lose the meaning of the entire section.
- Weak reading fluency — they read slowly with many long pauses as they attempt to decipher words, which impacts their ability to comprehend what they’re reading.
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.
“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
How Students are Selected
Teachers refer students to the program and then our site coordinators work with the school to prioritize which students will be enrolled in Team Read.
Parents are also part of the process and give permission for their children to participate. Many of our students are learning English as a second language and their parents are not familiar with our program. Once the child is identified for Team Read, the parent is informed on the program.
On average, thirty-five second and third graders each year at each of our partner schools are selected to become part of the program.