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September 10, 2021

Reading Partners DC to continue supporting students through online tutoring while returning to in-person program model where possible

A Reading Partners student works remotely with a volunteer tutor using the Reading Partners Connects program innovation (photo credit: Reading Partners)

For Immediate Release


Davita Louie

External relations director, Reading Partners DC

(732) 991-6787 |

Nonprofit’s 2020-21 impact results show that its innovative online program, Reading Partners Connects, positively impacted students last year 

(Washington, DC) September 10, 2021 

Reading Partners is ready to support student learning no matter what this school year brings

With the COVID-19 Delta variant spreading in communities across the country and vaccine timelines for young children still undetermined, no one knows exactly what to expect from the 2021-22 school year. Given the many variables at play, Reading Partners knows that a hybrid approach to tutoring will ensure that students will be able to receive much-needed literacy support regardless of public health circumstances. Where it is feasible to do so safely, Reading Partners will offer its traditional in-person tutoring program with community volunteers working one-on-one with students in a dedicated reading center in local public schools. In cases where in-person tutoring is not possible, Reading Partners Connects will allow volunteer tutors to work remotely with individual students in real time. Reading Partners Connects offers the same research-based curriculum materials, scripted lessons, and coaching that support volunteers through the traditional tutoring model.

Students can benefit from Reading Partners more than ever

The widespread school interruptions of the past few years have exacerbated pre-existing opportunity gaps (with pandemic-related learning loss disproportionately impacting Black and Latinx students and students experiencing economic disadvantages). Reading is foundational—the ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to thrive. When students can read on grade level by fourth grade, they become well-positioned to graduate from high school, access higher-education, and contribute to an increasingly information-based world. Reading Partners is committed to ensuring that all students receive equitable access to the literacy education they deserve and rigorous research has proven that Reading Partners empowers students to significantly increase their reading proficiency.

2020-21 results show that Reading Partners’ innovation helped positively impact students

Each year, Reading Partners publishes reports highlighting student performance for the national organization and for each of its 12 respective regions across the country. The Impact & Innovation reports for the 2020-21 school year have recently been posted on and include the following highlights.

  • In Washington, DC:
    • 420 students at 19 partner schools were matched with 516 community volunteers who delivered a total of 10,970 tutoring sessions over the course of the year.

    • 100% of tutoring sessions were delivered online via Reading Partners Connects.

    • Facing historic educational disruptions, 79% of K-2 Reading Partners students and 67% of all Reading Partners students met or exceeded their primary literacy growth goal.

    • Despite the heavy shift to an online tutoring platform, and because volunteers received a collective 4,232 hours of training last year (including many new focus areas such as trauma-informed care), 86% of volunteers were satisfied with their experience.

    • A recent DC Public Schools informal evaluation found that students who participated in Reading Partners in 2018-19 scored 30% higher on their DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) test scores than their peers who did not participate in Reading Partners’ program.

    • Learn more about Reading Partners’ impact in Washington, DC here.

    • Learn about Reading Partners’ national impact here.

“With the pandemic leaving more than a year of interrupted learning for students from under-resourced communities, our work to provide literacy supports that will empower a generation of strong readers, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens is more vital than ever. We are committed to seizing the opportunity to continue meeting our students’ ever-changing needs and to get them further ahead than they’ve ever been before!”

– Shukurat Adamoh-Faniyan, executive director, Reading Partners DC

Community involvement will allow Reading Partners to maximize student support

The student results highlighted in the 2020-21 Impact & Innovation report are fueled by the generous participation of thousands of community volunteers and donors. In the 2021-22 school year, Reading Partners will provide direct literacy tutoring and support to 12,000 students nationwide and 950 students in Washington, DC across its various learning environments.

To become a volunteer with Reading Partners, please visit To financially support Reading Partners’ mission centered on educational equity and opportunity for all students, please visit

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Photo of a student and volunteer tutor in reading centers engaging in Reading Partners’ traditional tutoring program (Photo Credit: Reading Partners)


About Reading Partners

For over 20 years, Reading Partners has helped empower students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Since its founding, the national nonprofit organization has mobilized over 70,000 community volunteers to provide proven, individualized literacy tutoring to nearly 70,000 elementary school students in over 450 under-resourced schools across ten states and the District of Columbia. Visit to learn more about our program impact and our Reading Partners Connects online program innovation, or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. Reading Partners is a proud AmeriCorps service partner and has been endorsed by the New York Times.

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