Supporting Kids at Home with Goal Setting

Sharon Juenemann, M.Ed. shares tips and tricks to use goal-setting to support your child’s behavior, motivation and confidence. Sharon is Director of Programs for The Shadow Project and a parent of children with learning challenges. This video is produced by The Shadow Project in partnership with Providence’s Swindells Resource Center.

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Easy Sensory Tools & Routines at Home

Sharon Juenemann, M.Ed. and Jessica Wade, M.S., OTR/L share strategies to meet your child’s sensory needs at home. Sharon is Director of Programs for The Shadow Project and a parent of children with sensory needs. Jessica is the owner of The Wiggle Room in Portland, OR, an inclusive indoor play space, and a parent to two young children. This video was produced by The Shadow Project in partnership with Providence’s Swindells Resource Center.

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Join The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board!

Join The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board!

Are you a parent, guardian, teacher, or community member that is concerned with providing high quality education for children with learning challenges? Do you have specific knowledge, skills, talents, or a motivation to be more invested in the educational achievement of children in your community? If so, we invite you to join The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board.

Who We Are
It is the mission of The Shadow project to make school more accessible and engaging for children who contend with challenges that affect their ability to learn, such as dyslexia, autism, ADHD. Our programs are focused on enhancing positive learning experiences through goal setting, reading mentorship, and fulfilling sensory needs with the use of tools that help students achieve their fullest potential. Shadow’s Community Advisory Board enables and empowers community members to participate in the planning and integration of our programs into the public school system. The focus of this board is to engage community members in the continuous improvement of our programming, through an anti-poverty and equity lens that prioritizes culturally responsive program design and implementation.

Commitment
The board meets one to two times a year, and works to maintain the objectivity and comprehensiveness of Shadow programming. The opportunity to contribute is multi-faceted and encourages a co-creative environment. For instance, members could get involved by facilitating advocacy, attending outreach events, making connections and being active on social media. Members are also invited to provide input on program elements giving feedback about what is or isn’t working, what’s needed or may be overlooked, and be involved with the review of written materials – centering the voices of each member’s unique perspective.

Benefit
Board membership provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, gain advocacy experience, collaborate in non-profit work, refine leadership skills, and expand the mission of helping underserved children on a broader scale. All together, we will do this work by engaging with each other in a fun, creative and social environment.

Get in Touch
If you are interested in being a part of The Shadow Project’s Community Advisory Board, or if you would like more information about Shadow programs for your school, please complete this questionnaire. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christina Bazzaroni, Community Connections Specialist, christina@shadow-project.org. Thank you!

Oregon Cultural Trust Expands Access to Literature for Children in Special Education

Oregon Cultural Trust Expands Access to Literature for Children in Special Education

Students with disabilities will receive a vast audiovisual library and assistive technology to develop literacy and a love of reading

October 14, 2019 (Portland, OR)The Shadow Project, a Portland nonprofit committed to making school more accessible and engaging for children with disabilities, has received a $19,679 Cultural Development grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. The grant will expand a Reading Mentors program through which elementary school students are gaining up to two years in reading proficiency and broadening their cultural horizons through literature.

The Oregon Cultural Trust awards Cultural Development grants to recognize and support significant cultural projects that preserve and enhance Oregon’s diverse arts, history, heritage, preservation and humanities efforts.

In Oregon, 79% of students with disabilities do not meet the benchmark of third-grade reading proficiency that predicts high school graduation.

With the support of the Cultural Development grant, The Shadow Project will expand its Reading Mentors program in Portland and McMinnville. At 10 elementary schools, students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism and other disabilities will have unlimited access to a vast audiovisual library that allows them to see and hear words at the same time, making books come alive for the first time. Students also receive assistive reading technology and caring mentors who motivate them to set reading goals, celebrate their progress, and engage them about their favorite new books. 

The Oregon Cultural Trust funds 1400+ nonprofits in Oregon in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities. With a donation to any (or several) of the 1400+ on the list, Oregonians qualify for a state tax credit.

Why Timber Joey Reads to His Dogs

Portland Timbers mascot Timber Joey shares how reading aloud to his dogs is good practice for his role as a volunteer Reading Mentor with The Shadow Project.

Learn more about volunteering as a Reading Mentor.