Become a Read To Succeed Reading Coach
Our reading coaches are highly motivated to help others and genuinely enjoy working with young children in an instructional relationship.
They are flexible. Sometimes they show up to find that their student is home with the flu or the class had a last-minute schedule change and the coaching session had to be cancelled. Our coaches roll with this because they know that the end result is more important than the immediate inconvenience.
Our literacy coaches are prepared. They come to a coaching session with a well-organized lesson plan that follows the R2S phonics-based, multi-sensory curriculum.
Our coaches are committed to developing mentor relationships with their students.
They are dependable, and are available for two coaching sessions each week during the school year and periodically in the summer.
They are patient. They know that their student might have had a distressing event at home or may have come to school hungry or with little sleep.
Finally, our coaches are R2S ambassadors in their assigned Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools, communicating positively with teachers and school administrators about the R2S mission and their students' progress.
Follow this link to apply to become an R2S volunteer.
We conduct two training sessions each year.
Training is a 10-week commitment, spread over 3 months, with classroom sessions 2 times a week. Each session lasts 3 hours and is packed with lectures, demonstrations and role playing. Trainees begin working with their students on the 2nd day of training in a controlled, observed environment.
There's a reason we call this "Intensive Training" because when our coaches complete this rigorous program, they are prepared to embark on an exciting journey with their students.
Read To Succeed knows that the heart of our program is is our team of highly trained volunteers. We are committed to providing ongoing and accessible support and training. R2S has a lead coach at each school to support volunteers in their work. Our program director and trainer, Julie Thomas, is also a valuable resource for problem solving and coaching guidance.
Each coach is periodically observed and evaluated to assure that teaching techniques remain true to the R2S curriculum and standards. Within the organization we often remind each other to "leave our pride at the door" in order to accept constructive criticism.
In addition, volunteers gather on the first Thursday of each month to exchange information, obtain additional training and network. Often, a guest speaker presents new perspectives on literacy and working with our target population.