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
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