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 [...]
In order to start reading with students you must have registered in Volunteer Tracker/App-Garden, completed your district background check, attended Literacy Partner Training, and completed your Volunteer Commitment Pledge. Once these steps have been completed and you are"approved" to start reading your Literacy Partner Coordinator will contact you to schedule a day and time for you to begin reading and share other campus details. Here's what to expect on your first day... Check In - Every volunteer must check in at the front office each time you go on campus. You will need to bring your drivers license the first time you check in so you can be put into the system. Campus Orientation - After you've checked in on campus you will be [...]
The 2019-2020 school year marks the 10th year since Education Connection began at Naumann Elementary. Education Connection has grown exponentially in the last ten years and has grown from one school in one district to 96 schools in 11 school districts! As Education Connection enters its 10th year there are several ways you can get involved: Become a Literacy Partner 1 Volunteer + 2 Students + 30 Minutes = Changing The World! Literacy Partners commit to reading with students once a week for thirty minutes from September/October through May. Registration is now open and our live trainings are just around the corner. Sign up today by visiting www.education-connection.org. Spread the Word Our goal this year is to serve 2600 [...]
Reading is an important skill and predictor of academic success because all other subjects hinge on the ability to take in information through reading. Data shows that students who read twenty minutes each day have higher standardized test scores than those who read just five minutes per day! Reading is important and just because school is out shouldn't mean that reading stops. In a recent article iRead Reading Programs shares findings about the benefits of summer reading (Source: Dominican University IMLS-funded research: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap), The benefits of summer reading are clear. National research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at [...]
cel·e·brate (verb) - - to observe (a day) or commemorate (an event) with ceremonies or festivities - to make known publicly; proclaim - to praise widely or to present to widespread and favorable public notice Note: Definition was taken from dictionary.com Remember that very first meeting with your students? Some were shy, others were excited, and many were nervous. Think about how they've grown. Do they pronounce words better? Are they reading more fluently? Has their comprehension improved? These are just a few of the ways your investment has impacted the lives of the students you've been reading with and it's time to celebrate! We have so much to celebrate and celebrating is important because it honors the efforts [...]
Every school, each Literacy Partner paired with two students, on a specific day, at a specific time is how the Education Connection story is being written...one book a time!I Author Kate DiCamillo shares with us how the power of words impacted her life as a young child. As you watch, be encouraged in knowing that your time, energy, and commitment could literacy change a student's life.