Reading Partners

Recently I attended a fundraiser breakfast event at the National Press Club for the non-profit group, Reading Partners. I wanted to share the good news about this wonderful and worthy group for all those interested in literacy for young children. Reading Partners pairs reading tutors with public school children in D.C. in an effort to improve their reading fluency. It has been my experience as a speech-language pathologist, specializing in the treatment of young children, that reading aloud in a 1-1 context with children is the best way to improve their decoding and comprehension skills. For example, the premise of the Read Naturally program which I have used with struggling readers for many years, is that reading aloud with a skilled reader improves fluency speed and accuracy significantly. At the Reading Partners event, powerful testimonials were given by both adults who have served as tutors and from a child who participated in the program. If you are not yet familiar with Reading Partners, check them out and consider getting involved in a very worthy cause.

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