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Volunteer Spotlight: Kimber McDowell

In honor of National Mentoring Month, we chatted with one of our volunteer Reading Mentors, Kimber McDowell, to hear more about her experience. During COVID-19, Kimber and her mentees meet virtually for reading practice and connection with peers while remote school continues.

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Dyslexia, A Very Different Journey for BIPOC Students

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. This is close to our hearts at Shadow Project. We hear from parents every day who see their kids struggling with reading due to disabilities, and we know that in Oregon just 22% of 3rd graders with disabilities are proficient in reading. But here’s what we

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How Do Reading Mentors Support Kids with Learning Challenges?

By Sydney Clevenger Grade levels behind in reading, Freddy* wasn’t sure where he fit in at his Portland, OR elementary school. It was particularly hard when the rest of the class was reading silently and all Freddy could do was sit and watch because his learning challenge made reading a

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3 Ways to Empower Students in Special Education

By Beth Brod Children rarely have much power over their lives. They are told what time to get up, what to eat for breakfast, who their teachers are, what classes they must attend, and so on. This can be especially true for students in special education who often struggle in

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