October 2014 Newsletter


Shadow Students Set Goals for 2014!




   
 
 

A Message from The Shadow Project’s Board President

 
   

Just like the children we serve, The Shadow Project is growing, evolving and achieving goals that once seemed impossible. The Shadow Project was founded in 1997 when a mother realized that with some extra encouragement, her son, struggling in school because of his learning disabilities, could become a courageous learner. The volunteer-run program started with 40 kids in two Portland classrooms and grew organically over the years. But we knew that we could do more.

Read more from Board President Megan Leftwich


 

Building a Culture of Literacy

 
   

The Shadow Project is proud to be a nonprofit partner chosen for Portland Public Schools’ Action Research Partnership, which launched last month in five high needs schools. The goal is to ensure that all children read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, which dramatically increases their likelihood of high school graduation. At an August kick-off event at Rosa Parks School, Shadow staff encouraged students to write their goals and accomplishments, and post them in the cafeteria for all to see. Through this early literacy partnership, Shadow is teaming with special education teachers and speech language pathologist to help 275 struggling students to unleash their potential for learning.

Read more about our new services to engage students


 

PSU Vikings + Shadow Students = Score!

 
   

Every kid has a hero. The students at Marysville School had the opportunity to hang out with theirs when 60 players from the PSU Vikings football team descended on the school to set goals with students in The Shadow Project and their peers. This was the third and LARGEST visit from the team that began last year, thanks to Shadow Project’s sponsor MassMutual. Check out our exciting footage of the event. The players, several of whom have ADHD and related conditions, shared their stories of struggle and success, building great connections with our kids along the way.

Read more about Shadow’s plan to expand its Role Model program


 

Thank You for Making a Difference

 
   

We are grateful for our generous contributors: Vibrant Village Foundation’s second year of support is continuing to transform our program and expand to additional high needs schools. The Nike Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation is funding a new role model program that brings our special education students face to face with teenagers like them who are on track to graduate. Safeco Insurance, through its Education Initiative, has awarded Shadow a fourth consecutive year of operating support. And Target, through its Early Childhood Reading Grant, is making it possible for us to provide our unique Reading Kits at upcoming Family Literacy Nights.

Read more about these recent supporters


 
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City of Portland's "Making a Difference" Award in Education

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PSU Vikings Role Model Program 2014

60 players from the PSU Vikings football team descended on Marysville School to set goals with students in The Shadow Project for our Role Model program.

Thank You for Making a Difference

Thank You for Making a Difference

We are grateful for our generous contributors: Vibrant Village Foundation’s second year of support is continuing to transform our program and expand to additional high needs schools. The Nike Employee Grant Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation is funding a new role model program that brings our special education students face to face with teenagers like them who are on track to graduate. Safeco Insurance, through its Education Initiative, has awarded Shadow a fourth consecutive year of operating support. And Target, through its Early Childhood Reading Grant, is making it possible for us to provide our unique Reading Kits at upcoming Family Literacy Nights.

PSU Vikings + Shadow Students = Score!

PSU Vikings + Shadow Students = Score!

Every kid has a hero. The students at Marysville School had the opportunity to hang out with theirs when 60 players from the PSU Vikings football team descended on the school to set goals with students in The Shadow Project and their peers. This was the third and LARGEST visit from the team that began last year, thanks to Shadow Project’s sponsor MassMutual. Check out our exciting footage of the event. The players, several of whom have ADHD and related conditions, shared their stories of struggle and success, building great connections with our kids along the way.

Students shared their goals, which ranged from: “working on my grammar,” to “turning in my homework on time”, while one student declared, “I want to be an accountant!” Vikings team member Nick Rothstein helped the budding accountant lay out a game plan to achieve his goal. Goal-setting is an integral part of The Shadow Project program as pioneering research has identified this attribute has critical for children with learning-related disabilities to succeed in school – and in life

Football player Desmoun Thomas and his mentee discovered they both struggled with a similar issue: getting homework turned in on time. The student determined that she would need to “focus, practice and pay attention” to succeed in the classroom.

After the goal-setting sessions, students headed outdoors for a round of sports with their favorite football players. Each child received a high-five and a fresh outlook on school. Learning Center teacher Janice Holstine called the experience “amazing” and said not only did the students demonstrate increased determination to set and meet goals – they also developed their social and communications skills.

The success of the Vikings experience has inspired The Shadow Project to develop a Role Model Program at additional schools that will bring our kids face to face with teenagers with learning challenges who are thriving in school.

Building a Culture of Literacy

Building a Culture of Literacy

The Shadow Project is proud to be a nonprofit partner chosen for Portland Public Schools’ Action Research Partnership, which launched last month in five high needs schools. The goal is to
ensure that all children read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, which dramatically increases their likelihood of high school graduation.

At an August kick-off event at Rosa Parks School, Shadow staff encouraged students to write their goals and accomplishments, and post them in the cafeteria for all to see. Through this early literacy partnership, Shadow is teaming with special education teachers and speech language pathologist to help 275 struggling students to unleash their potential for learning.

The Shadow Project promotes a culture of literacy by providing:

Classroom Tools and Resources

  • Classroom program through which students are reinforced as they work toward goals, earning incentives such as books and school supplies in a way that teaches self-sufficiency, perseverance, and critical thinking skills.
  • Lesson plans that help struggling readers develop an academic mindset, including activities based on The Boy Who Learned Upside Down
  • Individualized Goal-Setting Kits
  • Comprehensive audio libraries (new this year!)
  • Classroom libraries tailored to needs of students – including multisensory materials, and high interest nonfiction and culturally specific books (new this year!)
  • Family Reading Kits, which have many families reading together for the first time
  • Visits from role models  (new this year!)

An Environment that Promotes Equity

  • Shadow brings students together with their non-disabled peers in a positive way, reducing stigma and increasing school-wide appreciation for children learn differently.

Opportunities for Teacher Professional Development & Collaboration

  • A Professional Development Seminar
  • An online Platform with monthly tips, strategies and lesson plans based on cutting edge research in growth mindset + teacher resource sharing and feedback