READS for Summer Learning is a program designed for children in third through fifth grade that addresses the problem of summer reading loss experienced by low-income children across the country. Harvard Graduate School of Education has partnered with the University of Virginia, Northwestern University, Communities in Schools of Durham, and Communities in Schools of North Carolina in this program to improve children’s reading comprehension by fostering children’s engagement with books over the summer.
The acronym READS stands for Reading Enhances Achievement During Summer. Children are “engaged” with books when they are motivated to read them on their own and read in ways that increase their reading comprehension. By providing children with matched and interesting books, in addition to teacher and family scaffolding, this program will promote rich summer reading experiences, which will result in improved reading comprehension.
The READS for Summer Learning is hiring READS independent contractors to serve as trainers and lead educators at READS “family night” events in North Carolina. These individuals will contract with CIS, and will work closely with the CIS staff along with the Harvard research team. READS Certified Trainers are responsible for training READS lesson teachers and serving as lead educators for READS family nights. For more information about the position, visit the job listing. To apply, submit a current resume and cover letter stating interest and availability, and email to Helen Kingston.
LEARN NC is proud to be a partner in the READS for Summer Learning program. For more information about the program visit READS for Summer Learning: A Summer Reading Intervention for Elementary School Children.