Designed to target the bottom 17% of student readers and complement the reading instruction students receive during their regular school day, the Immokalee Readers afterschool program matches high school-aged tutors with elementary age children to provide intensive and enjoyable reading lessons. The program utilizes Reading Specialist to align with Sunshine State Standards and ensure that all students are reading on grade level by the third grade. Because many Immokalee students use other languages at home, the additional training in English-language usage is especially important. As an added benefit, the high school tutors have shown improvements in overall reading proficiency.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do you gauge the success of the Immokalee Readers program? Biannually, Collier County Public Schools administers the FAIR reading test, a state-recognized test that evaluates reading readiness (for younger students), comprehension, and word recognition. Our student cohort is compared to a similar cohort to determine the effectiveness of the program.
- How would you describe literacy concerns in Immokalee as a whole? The average reading level of a ninth grader is approximately fourth or fifth grade. The first significant test of reading is conducted in third grade, when we typically find that Immokalee students are far behind the average reading level. Immokalee Readers is our response to these findings.
- What volunteer opportunities are available through Immokalee Readers? Volunteers can help mentor the high school tutors and assist in the day-to-day operation of the program. You can also get involved by supporting a student at $500 per year.
- The program serves approximately 100 students.
- The staff of tutors is comprised of 30 high school students who receive training prior to placement.
- The program is conducted as an afterschool activity.