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Vision & Values

We envision a future where all children in the US have the reading skills necessary to reach their full potential.

Our mission

Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

We believe in the power of educational equity to interrupt systemic racism, poverty, and social inequality. To support our students’ development of lifelong literacy skills, Reading Partners is committed to building a culturally competent and representative team to advance social justice through our service in schools and communities.

Amid the multi-racial, multi-generational, worldwide peaceful protests calling for racial equality and justice, Reading Partners emphatically affirms that Black lives matter. During this consequential time in history, our intention is to do everything in our power to ensure that this moment becomes a catalyst that propels our country from a cycle of senseless tragedy onto a path of meaningful social transformation. The students and communities we serve deserve no less.

Our four-year strategic plan (2018-22)

Our aspiration for the future is to be at the center of a nationwide movement for educational equity, engaging communities to support students through trusted and proven literacy solutions. In order to achieve our goals, we’ll focus on four strategic priorities: (1) Increasing impact; (2) deepening our focus on educational equity; (3) achieving greater financial sustainability; and (4) ensuring organizational success.

View/download our strategic plan summary


Our values

Reading matters

We fundamentally believe that the ability to read transforms lives and changes outcomes for children and communities. We want every child to experience the joy and power of becoming a lifelong reader, and we are focused on this mission.

Big challenges are our thing

We seize opportunities to make a positive impact, and are relentless in the pursuit of our mission and goals. We take ownership, act with urgency, aren’t afraid to do the hard work, and give 100 percent every day.

Volunteers get results

We know that service and volunteerism work. We mobilize and intentionally nurture a community of AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and partners to make a difference.

Together we are better

We believe that everyone has a part to play in working to close the opportunity gap, and that collaborative efforts create unlimited potential for students and communities. We maximize impact through collective leadership and build meaningful partnerships to advance our shared vision and strategy.

Data drive decisions

We use research and evidence to develop our programs and initiatives, and to ensure exceptional results. We enthusiastically and continuously question what we know and how we do things to generate knowledge of what works best.

Laughter keeps us going

We encourage, appreciate, and celebrate each other with exuberance and a sense of humor. We embrace joy, eccentricity, and a healthy dose of laughter in our daily work.



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