How to be a reading coach for local elementary students

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Melissa Frazier with a student (provided)

The Northern Kentucky Education Council is recruiting family members, business leaders, and community volunteers to serve as One to One Reading Coaches for first through third grade students.

Volunteers are needed now more than ever to help students overcome their literacy challenges and address learning loss that has occurred during the pandemic, the organization said.

Details:

  • Coaches meet with the same student once a week for approximately 35 minutes during the school day to help them gain confidence in reading.
  • Coaches must attend one training session prior to their first day of coaching. 
  • Trainings are offered free of charge and provide coaches with specific strategies to help develop reading skills. 
  • Coaches receive materials and supplies to use during the weekly coaching sessions. 

There are two upcoming training sessions at the Kenton County Public Library branch in Erlanger (401 Kenton Lands Rd.). One is Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the other is Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“One to One reading coaching is such a fantastic way to make a real difference in the life of one child who needs it,” One to One Reading Coach Melissa Fraizer said. “I worked with a second-grade student last year, and it was amazing to see his reading skills and enthusiasm for reading develop.  One to One gave me all the tools I needed to succeed, so that all I had to do was provide my student with attention and directed activity for 35 minutes a week.  With this program, you can help a child move from learning to read to reading to learn.”

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To register, or learn more about One to One, please visit www.nkyec.org/one-to-one.