Monday September 9, 2013
JCPS and city set a goal of 1,500 new volunteers
by the end of September
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) students who are close to achieving the next level of reading proficiency may get the extra push they need from someone outside the classroom.
JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called on community members to become Every 1 Reads volunteers today at an event at Byck Elementary School. The goal is to have 1,500 new volunteers registered by the end of September.
Every 1 Reads is a communitywide initiative designed to help JCPS students get to proficiency in literacy. The initiative, which began in 2004, matches volunteers with students in schools and at Out-of-School Time Learning Place sites. The volunteers receive literacy intervention training that provides them with strategies for assisting Novice and Apprentice readers using direct instruction. They then meet with one student for one half-hour each week through the school year.
This year, prospective mentors will register through a new Web-based Every 1 Reads Volunteer Recruitment Portal. The Web site was developed to allow volunteers to engage with students at times that fit their schedules and are optimum for schools and Learning Places. The new portal is user-friendly while providing the necessary security measures to ensure eligible trained volunteers are matched with students.
“The Volunteer Recruitment Portal makes it easier for the community to engage in student learning,” Hargens said. “We know our students cannot succeed without the support of their school and their community. They cannot continue to achieve academically without reading on grade level, and they cannot grow into productive members of society without positive adult role models building their self-confidence and believing in their futures.”
The last time the district collected data on Every 1 Reads, it reflected the effectiveness of the program.
- Forty percent of students participating in Every 1 Reads increased their degree of proficiency on the reading section of the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT) the last time we collected data in the 2010-11 school year.
- The percentage of Every 1 Reads students scoring at the Novice level on this section also decreased by 14 percent. In comparison, the percentage of their non-Every 1 Reads counterparts scoring at the Novice level decreased by only 4 percent.
Mayor Fischer encouraged local companies to follow the lead of businesses like Creative Alliance and Humana, which have partnered with Byck to provide Every 1 Reads volunteers for the current and past school year.
“There’s one skill that is vital for every career—whether you’re going to be a research scientist, a robotics technician, a social worker, or an entrepreneur,” Fischer said. “In the information age, literacy skills are vital for making your way through school, performing on the job, and being an engaged citizen.”
To register to become an Every 1 Reads volunteer, visit https://webapps.jefferson.kyschools.us/Every1Reads/ManageReadingBlock.aspx or call 485-3710.