Our mission is "Teens tutoring kids to achieve reading success." Our goal is for all our 2nd-3rd grade students to become better, more confident readers and for our teen reading coaches to gain critical life and work skills. Team Read offers a safe environment for students and teens to build on skills taught in the students' classrooms, with the goals of improving test scores, increasing attendance, building extra reading time into the week and inspiring a lifelong passion for reading.
PO Box 94042
Seattle, WA 98124-9442
Team Read operates in elementary schools in Seattle and Highline school districts where assessments show that 2nd and 3rd graders need intensive reading support beyond the classroom. Approximately 90% of our 2nd and 3rd graders are students of color, 90% come from low-income families and 50% are English Language Learners. These students often have the fewest resources outside the classroom and may face the greatest barriers to academic success. Our ultimate goal is for all our 2nd and 3rd grade students to be reading at grade level.
We recruit 8th -12th graders at Seattle and Highline middle and high schools and screen and train them to provide reading support aligned with classroom instruction that builds their students reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary. Our teen coaches are drawn from the same neighborhoods as their students and are as diverse as their students. The teens report that they gain a sense of accomplishment, patience, responsibility, and appreciation for their teachers-in fact, 30% of the teen coaches report an interest in teaching as a career. Teen coaches can earn service hours, or hourly pay, or save money for college (hourly pay + a 50% match by Team Read).
Since 1998 Team Read has served nearly 20,000 students.
This school year we launched a 4th grade pilot program at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary to serve students who are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. We also introduced a new program called Team Read+ at MLK and Bailey Gatzert Elementary. The Seattle Public Schools bell time change means earlier start times for the majority of elementary schools and later start times for middle and high schools. Team Read+ fills this gap time with fun, engaging activities, including KidzLit, an interactive curriculum that builds literacy skills while being social with peers. The last hour of the program is traditional one-on-one tutoring with high school reading coaches.
Team Read continues to expand our reach, offering programming at several new sites this year - Midway Elementary, High Point Library, NewHolly Library, and East African Community Services.
This year, Team Read will be using funds raised through GiveBIG to provide important materials and supplies for our student readers, including leveled reading libraries ($3,000 per site), treasure chests filled with reading incentives ($75 per site), and Power Reader Journals ($10 per student).
Team Read Board of Directors:
Brandon Hull, President
David Gorton, Treasurer
Cheryl Hoffman Herzog
Cathy Thompson, Ex-Officio
Kathleen Vasquez, Ex-Officio