Leveraging Community Members to Improve Student Reading Skills

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. consider the potential benefits of community–school partnerships.
  2. evaluate the practical requirements for community–school partnerships.
  3. identify resources in their state and local communities that can be leveraged to provide additional supports to students in schools.


Schools across the country stand to benefit greatly from sustainable, external resources to meet Tier 2 needs. This project examined the impact of a community-school partnership program that provided schools with full-time reading interventionists. Participants included 198 early elementary students from 12 schools in North Dakota. We discuss the effects of the program on students and the school resource structure and provide practical details on the program and similar partnership models.



Patrick Kaiser, ServeMinnesota
Peter M. Nelson, ServeMinnesota
David C. Parker, ServeMinnesota


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