Thank you for your interest in bringing SMART to your school community. We would love to work with you to determine if the SMART program is a good fit for your site.

Our program is in high demand, and we strive to ensure that each new site is established with utmost thought and care, focused on meeting our mutual needs and priorities.

Many factors contribute to a successful SMART program, including a strong commitment on the part of school leadership and teachers, and support from the surrounding community to provide volunteers and resources to help the SMART program thrive.

A truly successful SMART program happens when there is strong, clear communication between the principal, participating teachers and SMART Site Coordinator with a high level of engagement at all levels.

SMART New Site Criteria

Priority will be given to sites with the following criteria:

  • Schools rated as Level 1 or Level 2 by ODE school rating system
  • High percentage of students identified as economically disadvantaged
  • Superintendent recommendation
  • Compatibility of SMART and school, including factors such as reading space, school culture, and scheduling/time
  • SMART’s current capacity to effectively serve the site

SMART New Site Application Process and Timeline


  • December-January: SMART begins the planning process for the following school year and determines the capacity for growth in each area.
  • January-February: Interested sites reach out to SMART office and schedule a screening/orientation meeting to discuss process and eligibility. If SMART has openings available, eligible sites will be invited to apply, and invited applications will submit a completed application.


  • March: New site applications for next school year are due.
  • March-April: SMART selects new sites.
  • March-May: Orientation and planning meetings with new sites.
  • May: Teacher orientation.


  • June: Partnership formalized via signed Partnership Agreement.
  • June-September: SMART and site work together to recruit volunteers.


  • August-September: SMART conducts teacher orientation and principal meetings with new sites.
  • September: SMART recruits and trains Site Coordinators.
  • October: SMART program starts.

SMART New Site Inquiries

To begin the process of applying to have SMART at your site, please contact your local SMART office.

If you have any questions about how to get SMART in your school, please contact SMART’s Director of Program Operations & Personnel, Alexis James, at 971-634-1606 or