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, Celebrating Courageous Kids, 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 focused on education, 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.

Can’t make the event? You can support our students by purchasing raffle tickets online and be entered to win tickets, food, wine, movie passes, and more! Tickets are $5 for one; $10 for 3; and $20 for 10.

Thank you to our event sponsors and contributors:

Gold
Learning Ally

Silver
Jubitz Corporation

Bronze
Commerce Bank

Contributors
aMYLK
Bob’s Red Mill
Guardian Games
Hollywood Theater
McMenamins
Oaks Park
OMSI
Oregon Zoo
Por Qué No
Portland Children’s Museum
Portland Pastimes
Portland Spirit
Portland Winterhawks
Starbucks
Wiggle Room
Willamette Valley Vineyards

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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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Building the Confidence to Read Aloud

Building the Confidence to Read Aloud

For many children with learning challenges like dyslexia, who are one- to three grade levels behind in reading, the idea of sharing a book aloud is fraught with anxiety. Finding the courage to overcome the fear of reading can be a battle.

“I don’t like reading because I’m not good at it,” says fifth grader Kaleah.

But not on Shadow Day.

At Sitton School in North Portland, the kids in Mandee Bish’s classroom have picked out their favorite books to share with a new friend—a black and white poodle named Molly, who is there to listen to their reading.

Educators say that dogs make great reading partners because they can gently nudge students to keep going, or strategically place a paw to offer support and enhance focus. Dogs also have a calming effect that can reduce anxiety, and their quiet presence boosts confidence, courage … and reading comprehension.

Indeed, Molly quietly lays on her blanket and sets her chin on the kids’ legs, closing her eyes to the soft sound of the students’ reading. No matter that their words are sometimes halting. No matter that they miss some words or mix up letters. Molly patiently listens, and the kids finish their books and forget for a moment their struggles with reading.

“That was so fun!” says Kaleah. “I can’t wait to read again!”

Shadow Day is an annual event to honor Shadow, a dog born on Valentine’s Day, who is the inspiration behind the nonprofit Shadow Project. The Shadow Project arranged for Molly’s visit in collaboration with Columbia River Pet Partners to celebrate its 15th anniversary in Portland Public schools, and the fourth year in the district’s innovative, collaborative Read Together initiative, which is focused on literacy in underserved schools.

“Year after year, two-thirds of Oregon children with disabilities miss the critical benchmark of third grade reading proficiency that predicts high school graduation,” says Shadow Project Founder and Executive Director Christy Scattarella. “If our community is truly committed to increasing graduation rates, we urgently need to address the overlooked one in eight children who learn differently. Providing students with learning disabilities access to the tools they need to achieve is critical.”

The Shadow Project began in two classrooms in Duniway School, becoming a 501(3) organization in 2003. Since then, Shadow has fostered success for more than 11,000 Portland children with learning challenges.

“I am so grateful to The Shadow Project for their vision and leadership in our schools,” says Bish. “They are integral to our program of serving students with more intensive learning and behavior support needs.”

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