The Shadow Project is a beacon of hope for my students.                                                    – Shannon Cooper, Special Education Teacher


Student Succeeding

The Shadow Project partners with special education teachers to help close the achievement gap for students with complex learning challenges. We envision a day when all youngsters with disabilities recognize themselves as capable and courageous, and when no more children give up on school because they feel they can’t learn.

How Shadow Works

The Shadow Project provides life-changing enrichment special education teachers use right in their classrooms that helps struggling students grades K-8 reach goals and discover the joy of learning. Find out how discouraged students are turning “I can’t” into “I can!”

Schools we Serve

In 2013-14, The Shadow Project is expanding to serve 1,500 students in 33 schools throughout Portland, Hillsboro, and Yamhill County and has requests from throughout western Oregon. Find a school near you.

Getting Results

Find out how The Shadow Project’s proven partnership with teachers is helping at-risk kids raise academic achievement and take pride in their accomplishments! Read the latest on student impact.

Our Kids

The Shadow Project’s short video on the struggles and successes of students in our program won the 2010 People’s Choice Award from The Annenberg Foundation’s Explore/Hatch project to recognize organizations and individuals making a difference in the world. Watch our award-winning video! Click here for more information about the students we serve. 

Our Contributors

The Shadow Project is deeply grateful to the many foundations, corporate givers and individuals who better the lives of our children. Meet our supporters and learn about Our Neighborhood Heroes who sponsor The Shadow Project at one of our participating schools.

The Shadow Story

Find out how this program was inspired by a boy with learning challenges and his mischievous mutt, Shadow, whose picture graces every classroom. Read the full story and find out about the newly-released children’s book based on the Shadow story.

Board of Directors & Staff

The Shadow Project’s passionate board members include those who know first-hand what it’s like to struggle with a learning challenge. Find out more about our team.