Founded in 1999 in the San Francisco Bay Area by three retired teachers, Reading Partners is entering its second year of service in the Seattle area. In their founding year, Reading partners served 112 students at Beverly Park and Sanislo Elementary schools in partnership with 167 community volunteers.
In the 2015-2016 school year, Reading Partners will expand service to 200 students, incorporating Highland Park and Olympic Hills Elementary schools to their programming. In their founding year, 85 percent of Reading Partners' students accelerated in reading and 67 percent were able to make absolute gains in closing their grade-level reading gaps.
With an intentional focus on community and family engagement, Reading Partners is thrilled to be joining the ESN Coalition of partners that is so deeply embedded in the communities and schools they work with: "We are looking forward to the opportunities afforded by our evidenced-based interventions, to intentionally and strategically support our exceptional and diverse neighborhoods and community members."