Standard Delivery Model
SMART’s Standard delivery model is our original and most common way to implement the program. In this model, teachers select student participants they feel would benefit most from the program. Students are selected for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to: children who are in need of additional reading help, children who have limited books in the home, children in need of one-on-one relationships with caring adults, and children not being served in other programs. Every week for seven months, volunteers read aloud with participating students to help them gain confidence and reading skills. Students read twice a week for 30 minutes, building relationships with two adult volunteers. Students also choose two books per month to take home and read with their families.
- Research supports that children who participated in SMART are 60 percent more likely to reach state reading benchmarks.
- Provides students with one-on-one reading time with adult volunteers.
- Provides an increased connection between community volunteers and the schools.
- Students benefit from positive adult attention and relationship-building, resulting in increased confidence.
- Each student participant chooses two books to take home each month, increasing literacy opportunities in the home.
What Educators Say About Standard SMART
“[SMART] contributed to their confidence and overall self image which has direct links to the literacy gains.”
Principal, Multnomah County