Reimagining Reading Intervention in Idaho
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“Across the board, we are seeing a lot of growth in confidence.”
One unanticipated benefit of the program, Haskett said, is that it frees up teachers to work with other students, resulting in a significant number of kids in the middle of the pack in terms of reading becoming more proficient as a result of the additional attention.
“Across the board, we are seeing a lot of growth in confidence” among struggling readers, Haskett said. “We're able to meet the needs of everybody better because we're partnering with TFA and Ignite.”
Another unexpected bonus, Haskett said, is that students who might not have thought of themselves as “college material” are developing relationships with their college-student tutors, many of whom are people of color, and beginning to see college as a possibility for themselves.
TFA Idaho has made Ignite financially viable for MOSAICS by subsidizing the cost. "This is a program that without TFA Idaho's support would have been tough for us to have gotten off the ground," Haskett said.
Haskett said he hopes to expand the program into middle school math next school year and is in discussions with TFA Idaho about how to make that happen.
“It has been a successful model for us and the partnership has been really good,” Haskett said. “I want to give a shout-out to TFA for looking for new ways to innovate and support kids in their learning that you wouldn't traditionally find in a school setting.”