Eastern Oregon University’s College of Education recently teamed up with Ignite! Reading, a program that utilizes one-on-one, hands-on tutoring to increase reading proficiency among grade school students. The partnership with Eastern is the first of its kind, preparing EOU grads to enter the workforce as teachers who are efficient in teaching students how to read.
Ignite! is a nonprofit that pairs elementary students with a trained tutor who provides 15 minutes of one-on-one, individualized reading and literacy “We are creating an innovative methodology for ensuring that all kids in our country learn to read on time, which is the end of first grade,” Ignite! Reading CEO Jessica Sliwerski said.
Sliwerski said she became motivated to launch Ignite! Reading after seeing how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted education and how technology, such as Zoom, could be utilized to help close the learning gap students experienced during the pandemIgnite! Reading is an intuitive, one-on-one reading program that seeks to improve reading ability among grade school students in the United States. The web of tutors currently stretches across schools in six states, leaning on the “science of reading” to target specific areas of reading inefficiency to help bridge the gap for struggling grade schoolers.