About

Read a Book, Earn a Book utilizes a one-on-one student-centered approach. Each student chooses a book from a set of pre-selected titles, reads it cover to cover with support, and “earns” it upon completion. We provide the training and the books so that you can focus on developing a love of reading with your student. It is a simple and successful program. 

The Efficacy:

Read a Book, Earn a Book students average 5 TRC levels of reading proficiency improvement over the course of a school year. That is 5 reading levels with just 12 hours of support spread throughout the year. How can it be so successful? We find that gains achieved during one-on-one reading sessions are carried back to the classroom, where the effects are then multiplied by our teachers.  

The Approach:

Read a Book, Earn a Book promotes literacy by providing engaging reading material in a learning environment that is always safe and supportive. It is designed to build trust, promote confidence, encourage goal setting, and develop a lifelong love of reading.

The Commitment:

Read a Book, Earn a Book is offered in a 6 month block (October through April) and is structured around investing 30 minutes per week per student. We encourage volunteers to commit to 2 students per week, back to back (60 minutes per week total). If 1 student is absent, volunteers may invest the entire hour reading with the attending student.

The Requirements:

Read a Book, Earn a Book requires an onsite orientation and training with a background check. To preview the training, please follow “The Strategy” tab.

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