Calling All R2S Reading Tutor Volunteers
The evolving situation surrounding the spread of and response to COVID-19 has left many of us feeling helpless. With schools currently closed and children remote learning from home, our Read to Succeed Reading Tutors are also unable to provide the in-person literacy help to students who need it most. That doesn't mean we can't still use the tips, tools, and techniques we learned in training to help others, though!
If you have a smart device or video camera, please consider submitting a Reading Tutor Story Time video that we can share with the wider community. This is just one small way Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe can support children and families during these complicated times. Follow the directions below and don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
Share videos of R2S reading tutors doing live read-alouds of children’s books, implementing the techniques learned in training, including highlighting vocabulary words, finger tracking, asking comprehension questions, and covering sight words.
1. Write a Quick Lesson Plan
Email JT, our Program and Training Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your lesson plan, so she can review it, collaborate with you, and provide recommendations.
3. Record Your Video
Record a video with sound, either on a smartphone, tablet, computer w/ webcam, or other recording device. We want viewers to really be able to see the book and the words with your finger tracking, so you may need a friend or family member to help you out!
4. Submit Your Video Recording
Email your video recording to Communications Director, Jess McLean, at email@example.com. (Preferred file types: mp4 or .mov). If your video is too large to upload to an email, please save to a cloud drive (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) and email Jess a link.
We will edit the videos as needed and post on our blog and social media channels, and we will email you a link to the video so you can view and share it too!
With so many students learning from home over the next several weeks, we wanted to share a compilation of free learning resources and fun educational/literacy activities parents can share with their kids. Leave a comment if you know of more that we can add to the list!
Free Children's Stories Audiobooks
Audible has opened their collection of children's stories for kids everywhere to stream for free on any desktop, phone, laptop, or tablet. Explore their vast collection of stories (including titles available in six different languages) and incorporate them into daily learning or family reading time! Learn more >
30 Virtual Field Trips for Kids
Museums, national parks, famous landmarks, zoos, even space . . . there are so many places your kids can go right from the comfort of home. Check out this awesome list of 30 virtual field trips from The Educators Spin On It that your kids can take today. Learn more
Mo Willems Lunch Doodle
The popular author of much-loved kids books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is hosting a shared doodle time on Youtube every Monday (videos release at 1 p.m. ET). Learn more
Upgrade story time with some of your favorite celebrity friends! The award-winning children's literacy website from the SAG-AFTRA Foundation allows kids and parents to stream famous and celebrated actors reading popular children's books with accompanying illustrations. Learn more
Virtual Book Club for Kids
Do you have little ones who adore construction stuff, space, or pirates? Right now, Virtual Book Club for Kids is offering these select activity books for FREE (until Apr. 30, 2020). You can also find free weekly learning activity plans for a range of other subjects including gardening, rainbows, colors, and more. Learn more
The Learning Network (Ages 13+)
The New York Times is giving middle and high school students a unique way to practice reading, writing, comprehension, and critical thinking. Every week, The Learning Network provides new writing prompts surround a variety of issues (based on Times articles, videos, photographs, graphs, and, illustrations). Learn more
Scholastic Learn at Home
Choose from a variety of at-home learning activities for kids from Pre-K to 6th grade and up in Scholastic's free Learn at Home program. Kids can engage in fun and educational lessons about everything from animals to plants, life science, social studies, and more. Learn more
ReadWorks.org Reading & Comprehension Activities
Parents can access reading passages and all the instructional materials that go with them (i.e., comprehension questions) for free from ReadWorks.org. Choose by grade, topic, difficulty level and more. Learn more
Free Coloring Pages from Asheville Art Museum
Check out Asheville Art Museum's "Color Our Art" campaign featuring free coloring pages celebrating the works of one of their featured artists, Lorna Blaine Halper who studies at Black Mountain College from summer 1945 through the spring term of 1948. Check it out
Story Time from Space
Looking for an "out of this world" idea to get your kids excited about reading? Then tune in to NASA's Story Time from Space, a project from the Global Space Education Foundation, where astronauts aboard the International Space Station read engaging stories (with follow-along text and pictures). Check it out
Free Blank Comic Book Pages
Artist and author of the EngiNerds book series, Jared Lerner, is creating free downloadable comic book pages for kids to draw and write on to tell their own unique story. Great for little artists and fans of books series like EngiNerds, Dog Man, and Lunch Lady! Check it out
Additional Lists of FREE Educational Resources and Learning Activities:
10 Great Free Websites for Elementary School (via Common Sense Education)
10 Free Online Educational Game Sites (via Mindshift KQED)
36 Free Education Websites Parents Can Access While Schools Are Closed (via PopSugar)
For older students & parents: 450 Free Online Ivy League Courses (via Free Code Camp)
*Note: Spectrum is offering free internet for qualified households (including a free internet modem and no contract). Learn more
One of the core pillars of the Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe mission is a sophisticated and engaging training program that equips everyday volunteers with the skills and tools they need to effectively help young students learn to read.
We are hiring for a part-time trainer to assist in these efforts! Interested? Learn more about the position and submit your application on Indeed, click this link > https://indeedhi.re/2VrIedm
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe trains volunteers in the highly-regarded Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction. A flexible, language-based modality of teaching students to read, Orton-Gillingham engages multiple senses–visual, auditory and kinesthetic–to enhance memory storage and retrieval of sounds, syllables, and words.
Volunteer reading tutors receive 12 hours of training and are matched with a K-3rd student in one of Read to Succeed’s partner schools in the Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools systems. For 1 to 2 hours a week, volunteer reading tutors lead hands-on tutoring sessions with their students in reading, spelling, vocabulary, and writing.
Part-Time Trainer Position (Hiring Spring of 2020)
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe is hiring a part-time trainer, to be responsible for the planning, training, supervision and support of our volunteer reading tutors and substitute tutors, as well as other program tasks necessary for the fulfillment of the R2S mission. This position is also critical to the development and implementation of new volunteer training models that reflect community needs and offer innovative volunteer tutor opportunities.
Applicant must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have successfully completed Level 1: Orton-Gillingham Comprehensive Training. Prior training experience with adults is required. Classroom teaching experience is preferred but not required. Must be a team player and have a high degree of self motivation and professionalism.
For more details about the position and to apply, visit this link on Indeed: https://indeedhi.re/2VrIedm
Read to Succeed Asheville/Buncombe (R2S) is a local, independent nonprofit on a mission to help close the