Why Second Grade? Research shows that second grade is a critical year for students, especially when it comes to developing reading skills. After second grade, students transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” In the third grade, if a student isn’t reading proficiently, he/she may find it difficult to learn other subjects, fall behind, and become discouraged. Students who aren’t reading proficiently by the third grade are also four times more likely to leave school without graduating, compared to proficient readers. That’s why second grade is such an important time to help students stay on track by improving their reading skills. Interventions for struggling readers are much less effective after third grade, so it’s crucial to help students at the time when it can make the most impact.
* Volunteers tutor for one hour each week (two 30-minute sessions) so each coach has two students
* All volunteer coaches attend a one and one-half hour training workshop
* Coaches commit to tutoring once a week from mid-September through April
* A fingerprint background check is required to participate (paid for by SCS)
***All volunteers must complete an application, volunteer orientation, Team Read training, and pass a background check with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).
If you want to serve as a volunteer for Team Read, please complete the information below and select a training date and location.