RISE in Reading


At the end of the 2018/2019 school year, 64% of the Grade 3 Hamilton students did not meet grade level standards in reading and 62% did not meet them in math. We anticipate that by June 2021, this shortfall will be the same or worse, given the many dislocations the pandemic has wrought. Many studies reveal that it is critical for primary students to reach grade level proficiency in reading and math by the beginning of third grade, for them to become engaged and successful learners in the years beyond. In response, RISE Scholars has developed a five-year plan for providing interventional tutoring programs in both reading and math. Rather than reinventing the wheel, we are adopting and adapting the successful interventional literacy and numeracy tutoring programs which an Oakland-based non-profit has developed and road-tested over the past 15 years.


We are incredibly excited to launch our interventional literacy tutoring program, RISE in Reading in September 2021. Each second-grade student whom teachers recommend to the program, will meet with a trained and caring tutor once a week during school hours in a group clinic. Each tutor will start at their assigned student’s current reading level, and guide them at their own pace, through a program of proven literary practices, all the while giving focused and encouraging attention. A literacy specialist will oversee the program/reading clinics, providing initial and ongoing training to the tutors as well as general support to the students. Once the literacy program is up and running, we plan to launch the math interventional tutoring program, likely in September 2022.

If you are interested in volunteering to be a RISE literacy tutor, or would like to know more, please contact Amy Wilcox: