Year after year, two-thirds of Oregon children with disabilities do not meet a critical milestone that predicts high school graduation—third grade reading proficiency. The state’s 75,000+ children receiving special education services can succeed in school and life when they are supported to learn in their own unique ways.
The only nonprofit of its kind, The Shadow Project:
*Equips teachers with a goal-setting program that builds students’ confidence, courage, and critical thinking;
*Created Oregon’s first SuperSensory Literacy Spaces, compact multi-sensory, multi-cultural libraries where audiobooks help students with learning challenges access the same reading materials as their peers, and sensory tools teach self-regulation and focus;
*Supports families to help struggling readers at home.
The Shadow Project is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students who are diverse in race, culture, and socio-economic status. Because children with learning disabilities now spend 80 percent of their day in a general education classroom, The Shadow Project’s three-year strategic plan calls for students to have the tools they need to achieve, throughout their school day.
In 2016-2017, The Shadow Project is serving 36 primarily Title I schools in Portland, East Multnomah County, and McMinnville, and has made its first foray into pre-school to help get children ready for kindergarten.