Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the focus of the Read2Succeed program?
The focus is to provide reading support to second grade students who are struggling with ready fluency in participating Orange County elementary schools.
- When will mentoring happen? How often?
The volunteer indicates their preference regarding time and day of the week and the Foundation staff works with the school coordinator and/or the teacher to find a meeting time which may be over lunch or during the student’s non-instructional class time. Sessions are 30-45 minutes each week - same day, same time. If you want to volunteer, but know you can’t make it every week, it is possible to "team up” (two volunteers are matched with one student and trade off weekly visits).
- Where does mentoring take place?
Students and reading volunteers meet outside of the classroom in the school’s library or media center, cafeteria or other identified designated location. The sessions must take place during school hours on school campus. Where the sessions happen is an individual decision made by each school site.
- How are Read2Succeed sessions structured?
Sessions are one-on-two with the same students each time. The Six Minute Solution is the curriculum we use. It is an easy to implement, highly effective tool used to increase children’s reading fluency.
- How are students selected or referred to the Read2Succeed program?
Teachers, school site coordinators or reading specialists at each elementary school select children based on need and through the use of an academic selection instrument. Selection of students is at the discretion of the school. The number of students mentored depends on the number of volunteers recruited, trained and placed at school sites.
- Where do Read2Succeed volunteers come from?
Volunteers come from the community, businesses, local colleges and universities and other individuals who successfully pass a background check and attend volunteer training through the Read2Succeed program.
- Who trains the Read2Succeed volunteers?
The Foundation sponsors and delivers the training for volunteers in conjunction with OCPS ADDitions guidelines and policies. The training is offered in person or online.
- What are the expected outcomes of the Read2Succeed program?
We expect to see improved reading fluency. The program’s impact will be evaluated by measuring Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) scores on the Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading (FAIR). All students in this program started the year with ORF scores that indicated they were low to mid-low level readers. Student ORF scores calculated at the end of the school year will let us know if students are reading at grade level and what their ORF growth was over the 8-month period. We also expect to see the students’ self esteem growing as they become better readers, enhanced social competencies and increased volunteer support