Read, Think, Share

         

The innovative Read, Think, Share mentoring program partners students from low-income backgrounds with college student mentors. The students and mentors read books and discuss them online in a secure forum. Students have the opportunity to select books from a wide range of titles that suit their personal interests. The program not only provides the students with positive feedback and academic support, but also time spent corresponding with strong role models.

At the heart of Read, Think, Share program are the core skills of reading and writing, which have been rethought completely over the past few years through the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

College and career readiness depend on meeting these benchmarks for every student. To that end, RTS actively incorporates such Common Core literacy skills as close reading, making logical inferences, developing tools to comprehend complex readings, asking and answering text-focused questions, and developing evidence to support an interpretation.

Reading comprehension is the cornerstone of education and success; however, many young students are slipping behind when it comes to reading. By the time they reach high school, they have just about given up on themselves and may spend their lives as non-readers.

Mentors are a highly selective group specifically chosen for their academic achievement, community involvement, and diversity, and as such are prime candidates for the inspiration of at-risk students. As young adults themselves, the mentors are able to relate to the students in ways that differ from the way teachers and other adults relate to them.

"With online connections now present in most urban schools, we've got one half of the personal 'mentoring' program in place. David Mazor's Reader To Reader project now completes the formula, providing top-notch college students as mentors via the Web and email. What the program accomplished with motivating Native-American youths while connecting them to college-age mentors 3,000 miles away is one of those unsung success stories that deserves national recognition. It begs the question: Why isn't it being adopted by other cities and rural districts across the nation?"

—Jim Trelease Noted literacy advocate and author of The Read-Aloud Handbook

    

“This is the first program that ever got our students to read. It has been absolutely amazing.”

—School librarian
Navajo, New Mexico

“This program promotes much-needed critical reading and thinking skills.”

—School principal
West Springfield, Massachusetts

“For students who have had very little interest in reading, this intervention has been transformative.”

—ELA teacher and department chair
Springfield, Massachusetts

“I have two students who would not have passed my class without Read, Think, Share!”

—ELL teacher
Holyoke, Massachusetts

“I’m reading King Lear. Working with my mentor has really helped a lot with understanding this Shakespeare play. I would not have been able to understand it so clearly without my mentor’s help.”

—12th grade student
St. Michael, Arizona