Resources For Families During The Coronavirus

Education Connection is here for you during this unprecedented time in history.  As schools across the globe have been forced to close their doors and families are having to "homeschool" their students. In an attempt to provide support, we have gather several links to education reading and learning activities. You can click on the picture or the link below to access each resource. Please contact Education Connection at with questions or for further assistance.   Activities for Families: Navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for your kids.  Click here to access Resources for Families. Free Online Events and Activities for Kids at Home: Provide some structure and schedule to your family's day [...]

March 31st, 2020|

3 Ways To Encourage Students To Read At Home

Research shows that there is a strong correlation between time spent reading and test scores. The reality is that some students do not have academic support at home. Thus, it is important to encourage students to read outside of their school day. Below are three ways you, as a volunteer, can help. #1 -  Encourage students to read at home and follow up by asking what they’ve read. You are a consistent voice in their lives. Your encouragement and follow-up can lead to action. #2 - Emphasize the library as their best resource. School libraries are the tool for overcoming the barrier of not having books in the home. School libraries also provide a wide variety of books that allow students to choose what that they [...]

March 1st, 2020|

A Story Just For You On Amplify Austin Day!

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city! That magical place was called A-town! It was growing so quickly we could hardly keep up! It had so many things to offer – lakes, great restaurants, beautiful outdoors, shopping galore – it seemed to have everything! But -- something seemed to be missing. What was it? In the midst of searching for the missing piece to the near perfect A-town, conversations grew among a group of people who wanted to bring justice and mercy to the city. Were they superheroes trying to find their one act of service to this town, that would make a lasting difference? Could it be done? “YES!” and that’s where the story began. The [...]

February 27th, 2020|

How Does Reading With A Child Help Them?

Do you remember learning to read growing up?  What was your biggest hurdle? Was it learning all the different sounds of the letters? Maybe it was remembering which letters were silent? Or was it trying to figure out why two different words sounded the same?  Reading is fun, but it often doesn't start out that way! Reading Helps With Language Reading to and with a child is beneficial because it assists them in developing language. When being read to, the child is able to hear the words and how they are pronounced. This gives them a model as to what words are supposed to sound like. This is especially helpful for those who are learning to read a language that is [...]

February 1st, 2020|

Holiday Opportunities

Congratulations! We're celebrating because so many of you have started reading with students!  Currently, we have over 1000 volunteers reading in 11 school districts. Let's ponder that for a moment.  There are over 1000 of you reading with 2000+ students weekly across the Greater Austin area.  How humbling and amazing is that?!   Upcoming Opportunities Recruiting We always in need of more volunteers! With literacy being on of the largest problems facing Central Texas, we need volunteers.  Do you have a family member, friend, or someone you know at Church that you could introduce to Education Connection?  Our current recruiting will run through February 13th, 2020. For more information contact Donate Education Connection values keeping operating costs low, while [...]

December 1st, 2019|

The Importance Of Connection

This is an exciting time of year because volunteers are beginning to start reading with students all across the Greater Austin area.  THIS is why Education Connection exists!  One of the key strategies for having a successful year with your students is found the the name of the program - connection. What is connection? Merriam-Websters defines connection as "something that connects", "a means of communication", and "a person connected with another especially by common interest".  As you begin meeting the teachers and students it is vitally important to connect and communicate. Connection determines the quality of the relationship.  Take the opportunity to lay a foundation that will set the student, teacher, and yourself up for success. Connection can come [...]

November 1st, 2019|