Eric, who has learning challenges, was bullied on the playground for his kindergarten “baby books.” Through an innovative pilot project that combines two proven strategies: a caring mentor and assistive reading technology, Eric catapulted two grade levels in his reading ability. He went from reading zero to 30 minutes a day at home using the Learning Ally audio-visual library.
Children in the Reading Mentors project who are up to three years behind—and often fearful of reading—are building confidence and discovering the joy of literacy. In this edWebinar, Christy Scattarella, Founder and Executive Director of The Shadow Project, will share how this pilot project addresses key academic, social and emotional skills that unleash a discouraged reader’s innate courage. Attendees will come away with strategies to address the bias that continues to shame struggling readers and ideas on how to transform the classroom into a place where ALL children can thrive.
Elementary through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders will benefit from attending this session. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation.
About the Presenter
Christy Scattarella, M.A. is the founder and executive director of The Shadow Project, a Portland, OR nonprofit that makes learning more accessible and engaging for children with learning challenges. Christy started The Shadow Project when her son, Alex, was in second grade and struggling with dyslexia and ADD. What began in one classroom has gone on to empower than 11,000 children who learn differently. Christy has been honored nationally and locally for her innovative work, including Nabisco’s 100 Extraordinary Women and Oregon Education Association’s statewide Education Citizen of the Year. She has been a guest columnist on special education topics from the achievement gap to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her award-winning children’s book The Boy Who Learned Upside Down, which chronicles her son’s journey from “I can’t” to “I can,” is used by special education teachers to inspire their students to recognize themselves as courageous learners.