April is National Volunteer Month and we are thankful to all
of the generous volunteers who support Indianapolis Public Schools.
ReadUP program, which provides reading tutors to students across Central
Indiana. This school year, students at 19 IPS schools are better readers because
ReadUP tutors supplement classroom instruction by providing one-on-one
this year’s program.
volunteer who was working with children at Washington Irving School 14 on April
5. “I can help make a difference and I like reading, so it kind of goes
together. More importantly, I enjoy getting to see them get better over time.
It’s very rewarding.”
from insurance provider Gregory &
Appel, pharmaceuticals company Eli
Lilly & Company and engineering firm HNTB
– work with 20 third graders each week for the entire school year. Consistency
is key for the students to progress.
UWCI Reading Specialist and a retired IPS teacher. “According to research,
students improve the most if they have seen their tutor and spent 50 sessions
with their tutor.”
readers is important, each session always begins with pleasantries. It’s when
the student and tutor “catch up” with each other.
reading,” said Danny Graham, Parent Involvement Educator at Washington Irving. “They
ask about your hobbies and interests. They really connect with the student
Irving had lots to share with their tutors. Once everyone was caught up, students
began reading books they selected from the book cart provided by UWCI.
Tutors also ask questions to help students analyze and comprehend what they’ve
read. If there’s a word that trips up the reader, the tutor makes a note so
they can work on it later.
Sessions end with a writing prompt for both the student and
tutor. The student is asked to answer questions related to the reading while
the tutor fills out a progress sheet that rates the students’ fluency,
comprehension and areas for improvement.
kids a half hour each week while they get comfortable with reading. You can see
the results in their reading scores. It’s a great thing to do,” said volunteer
ReadUP, are thrilled that there’s noticeable progress in the classroom
performance and on Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) scores.
students, all of them have improved in their scores except two. Those two stayed
the same,” said Graham.
student and tutors and it makes them both eager to return.
perspective and just seeing improvement, I’ll do it again for sure,” said first-time
volunteer P.J. Goduto.
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