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Reading Partners is a children's literacy nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area with programs in 15 school districts throughout California. Until August 2008, the organization was known as YES Reading.
In its core program, Reading Partners operates Reading Centers at struggling elementary schools in under-served communities where children reading below grade level receive free one-on-one tutoring from volunteers using a structured, research-based curriculum. The program has a success rate of nearly 90% in measurably helping students improve their progress in reading, with over 75% narrowing the achievement gap by the end of the school year.
Teachers refer students struggling with reading to the campus Reading Partners program, where they receive the one-on-one attention of a trained volunteer tutor for ninety minutes each week. Tutoring sessions focus on building students’ reading skills in five critical areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Reading Partners’ curricular materials consist of three key components, each of which address different levels of reading ability with curriculum-based, logically-sequenced materials. Upon entry into Reading Partners, every student is assessed using the Rigby PM Ultra Benchmarking Kit and placed into one of the three programs depending on the child’s individual needs.
Family outreach is a critical component of Reading Partners. Through the Home Connections program, Reading Partners works to invest parents as equal partners in their child's successful literacy development through family-centered literacy activities and Take Reading Home, a year-round book giveaway program.
Beginning in fall 2009, Reading Partners will have 24 program locations:
Los Angeles County
Reading Partners began at Belle Haven Elementary School in Menlo Park when members of the community joined together to help students struggling with reading skills. At the time, fewer than 1 in 5 students at Belle Haven could read at grade level and more than 80% of students qualified for the National School Lunch Program. Starting with just three volunteers working in the school library, the organization quickly grew to serve more than 100 children at Belle Haven and began replicating to nearby Title I elementary schools.
After formally incorporating as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Reading Partners began an expansion phase, opening 23 new school programs between 2002 and 2007.
- Lafayette Elementary
- Achieve Academy
- Acorn Woodland Elementary
- Allendale Elementary
- Alliance Academy
- Alternative Learning Community
- American Indian Public Charter
- American Indian Public Charter School Ii
- American Indian Public High
- Arise High
- Bella Vista Elementary
- Bret Harte Middle
- Brookfield Elementary
- Burckhalter Elementary
- Business And Information Technology High
- Business, Entrepreneurial School Of Technology Hig
- California College Preparatory Academy
- Carl B. Munck Elementary
- New Highland Academy
- Montera Middle
- Montclair Elementary
- Monarch Academy
- Millsmont Academy