Join us for Pub Trivia

Join us for Pub Trivia

Who wrote the children’s book, Corduroy? In what year did the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) become law? Questions like these are on the menu at a free Pub Trivia event open to the public. Grab your team, and join us!

WHEN:      Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 7 to 9 p.m. 

WHERE:   The Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum Street, Portland, 97211.

The 15-year-old Shadow Project, a leader in education equity, is hosting six rounds of Pub Trivia, with all rounds focused on education and literacy. Prizes will be awarded to the top players/teams.

A portion of proceeds from food and beverages will benefit Shadow, a Portland nonprofit that makes school more accessible and engaging for students with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, so they can achieve their potential.

 

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Volunteer Audiobook Mentors Needed

Volunteer Audiobook Mentors Needed

Do you want to make a difference for children with learning challenges like dyslexia, ADHD, and autism? The Shadow Project is seeking volunteer audiobook mentors in Portland and McMinnville to empower students with reading struggles to get hooked on literacy and reach their potential. Shadow Project audiobook mentors meet one-on-one with elementary school students once a week, coaching them to use an online audio-visual book library designed specifically for children with learning challenges. Mentors guide children in finding books they love, setting goals, and reading at school and home. You’d make a great mentor for a child with learning challenges if you are able to:

*Commit to two hours a week, during school hours, October to May, for at least three months;

*Interact compassionately with children who are diverse learners, encouraging them to set reading goals, and celebrate their progress;

*Complete a background check.

Many children with learning challenges read one- to three-years below grade level and struggle with the printed word. Audio-visual books give kids with learning challenges a new way to read. They can see and hear the book, which builds their confidence and engagement in reading. Research has found that hearing a book while seeing it can boost comprehension. Paired with a caring mentor to encourage and reward their efforts, once-struggling students become motivated and more joyful readers, and their reading scores improve.

“I had a difficult time learning to read when I was younger,” said Joey Webber, Portland Timbers mascot, who is a Shadow audiobook mentor. “Having the opportunity to share that challenge and help these kids realize their potential is a very special experience. Setting goals with kids is so motivating.”

The Shadow Project partners with teachers at 38 primarily low-income schools to close the achievement gap for diverse students with learning disabilities, whose challenges are often impacted by race-based inequities. Shadow empowers them to be confident, engaged learners who thrive in school and life. For more information, call Alejandra Gurrola, 971-373-3457, or go to shadow-project.org/volunteer.

Free Family Event on October 8

Free Family Event on October 8

Find out about unique classroom spaces that are teaching kids with learning challenges essential school and life skills, at a fun-filled family event hosted by The Shadow Project. We’ll also share audiovisual technology specifically designed for children with disabilities who struggle to read.

The free community event is on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum Street, Portland, 97211. This is an inclusive event, open to families with children of all ages.

The Shadow Project is a leader in providing tools and strategies to classrooms to boost student motivation, attendance, and reading scores. The free event also includes:

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meet Timber Joey, Portland Timbers Mascot and Shadow audiobook mentor

1 to 2:30 p.m.  
Read to Molly, the Therapy Dog

3 to 5 p.m.   
Children’s Story Time, with the Author of The Boy Who Learned Upside Down

7 to 9 p.m.
Pub Trivia with prizes for the top teams!

Each child who attends the Oct. 8 event will take home a Family Reading Kit, which includes a water bottle, handheld fidget for stress relief and focus, and a book.

Proceeds from food, beverage, and raffle ticket sales will benefit students in The Shadow Project.

Thank you to our sponsors: Learning Ally (gold) and Commerce Bank (bronze).

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Audiobook Mentoring Life-Changing for Timbers Mascot

Audiobook Mentoring Life-Changing for Timbers Mascot

Portland Timbers mascot Joey Webber visits a lot of schools. But becoming a reading coach in The Shadow Project’s schools has proved life changing.

“This is one of the best things going on in my life right now,” says Timber Joey, who knows what it’s like to have a reading challenge. “Reading coaching has made such an impact on my life.”

Timber Joey volunteers with Shadow kids one- to two-times a week, meeting with students in special education to talk about books and set reading goals, download audiobooks, and practice reading aloud.

“We talk about what’s going to make it better to read at home, and the kind of environment where it’s easier to read,” says Timber Joey. “It’s rewarding to come in here and see where kids need a little bit of help, but also to see the progression of where they’ve come from.”

Setting goals with kids is motivating, says Joey. “With a goal, you always have something to think about, and motivate you to go beyond if you’re needing more time or practice to achieve your goal.

“These reading sessions have really opened my eyes,” he said. “It’s important for people to contribute to projects like these, so it creates a better society.”

Click here to find out why Timber Joey reads to his dogs!

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New Program Manager for Shadow

New Program Manager for Shadow

Sharon Juenemann first heard of The Shadow Project when her son came home from school two years ago with Pokemon cards that he had earned from his teacher for setting and achieving goals in the classroom.

“He still talks about earning Shadow Bucks, and selecting the cards at the Shadow Store,” said Sharon, Shadow’s new program manager, who began early March. “At the time, I hadn’t heard of Shadow, but I did a little research, and liked what I learned.

“I am thrilled to bring to Shadow my passion for changing educational systems so they truly benefit all children, and decades of experience in supporting underserved young people.”

Sharon was longtime program director for Mt. Hood Community College’s federal prep and access grant (TRIO) for low-income students seeking higher education. Most recently, she was interim director of TRIO at Portland Community College.

Sharon has a master of arts in adult education from Oregon State University, and a bachelor of arts in English from Lewis & Clark College. She has 20 years teaching experience including English as a Second Language for Non-Native Speakers, instructional Spanish, and EvenStart Family Literacy.

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