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  • We Have An Achievement Gap in Our Schools. It Requires the Community’s Help to Alleviate this Gap.

     

    • Literacy and math skills are deficient for a significant percentage of young area children in Champaign-Urbana.
       
    • Studies prove that these students will have a hard time catching up as their academic careers continue and may continue to fall behind.
       
    • With additional support, these students will be more likely to succeed in learning and to make sustainable wages as adults allowing them to support themselves and their families. They are more likely to be productive contributors to our local economy and workforce.

     

    Why this Should Matter to You.

    Reading and math are our most basic workforce skills. Workforce development is economic development and an anti-poverty strategy for our community. We can shape the future of our community by growing successful young children into successful adults or we can sit back and let the community shape itself. The quality of our schools impact just about every aspect of our community. They are community schools that need the community to be engaged.

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    Champaign Unit 4 2019 State Test Score Data:

    • Only 34.4 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in reading
       
    • Only 37 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in math

     

    Overall Test Score Data for Illinois: 

    • 37 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in reading
       
    • 41 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in math
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    Urbana Unit 116 2019 State Test Score Data:

    • Only 13.4 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in reading
       
    • Only 18.5 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in math

     

    Overall Test Score Data for Illinois: 

    • 37 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in reading
       
    • 41 percent of 3rd grade students can meet or exceed in math
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    READERS - WE NEED YOU. 

  • So what can we do right now? We are currently looking for volunteers to sign up to be iReaders.

     

    As an iReader, a video will be made of you reading from one of the pre-selected books. Please list which book you would prefer to read in the comment section when you sign up. Videos will then be added to a video library which may be used for in-person learning or remote education.

     

    Videos will be recorded at the Unit 4 district office on Windsor Rd. in a COVID-19 safe environment. Unit 4 staff will assist you in the video creation, which will take less than an hour to complete.

     

     

    CLICK HERE to view a sample video from Dr. Susan Zola, Superintendent of Champaign Community Unit 4 School District.

     

     

    CLICK HERE to view the volunteer instructions and sign up information.

     

     

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  • Urbana Unit 116 School District

  • iRead iRead

    Schools: 

    • Dr. Preston L. Williams Jr. Elementary School*
    • Thomas Paine Elementary School

    *Dr. Williams is a dual language school. It is highly recommended that volunteers have at least a beginning level understanding of the Spanish language.

     

    Dates: 

    • Monday - Friday
    • October 5 - December 4, 2020

     

    Times: 

    • 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
    • 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
    • 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

  • Champaign Unit 4 School District

  • iRead Kindergarten iRead Kindergarten

    Schools: 

    • Booker T Washington STEM Academy

    • Dr. Howard Elementary

    • Garden Hills​ Academy

    • Stratton Academy of the Arts

    • International Prep Academy*

    *IPA is a dual language school. It is highly recommended that volunteers have at least a beginning level understanding of the Spanish language.

     

  • iCount Math Kindergarten iCount Math Kindergarten

    Schools: 

    • Booker T Washington STEM Academy

    • Dr. Howard Elementary

    • Garden Hills​ Academy

    • Stratton Academy of the Arts

    • International Prep Academy*

    *IPA is a dual language school. It is highly recommended that volunteers have at least a beginning level understanding of the Spanish language.

  • Learning Activities:

    Volunteers will be trained by Unit 4 and Unit 116 staff on the learning activities that they will use to work with their students. A variety of training dates will be available for each tier for signup.

  • Kindergarten Literacy Activities Kindergarten Literacy Activities

    Working with Letters:

    • Letter Tracing
       

    Working with Words:

    • Name Puzzle
    • Rainbow Writing
    • Mix and Fix
       

    Working with Books:

    • Concepts About Print (Reading books with children)
  • Kindergarten Math Activities Kindergarten Math Activities

    Counting and Cardinality

    • Number Posters
    • Racing Two Trains
    • Bean Count
       

    Patterns

    • Patterns with Partners
       

    Writing

    • Tactile Number Writing
       

    Number Sense

    • Top-It with Dot Cards
  • Literacy and Math Session Goals Literacy and Math Session Goals

    • Volunteers will develop relationships with 4-6 young students
    • Volunteers will see growth as students acquire skills necessary for reading and math
    • Students will have an opportunity to develop a relationship with an adult
    • Students will grow in their confidence and begin to build agency as readers and in doing math
    • Students will demonstrate improved performance on assessments
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    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the iRead • iCount program has been put on hold until we can safely connect volunteers and students either virtually or in-person.

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    “I volunteered for the iRead iCount Program because I believe every child/student should have an opportunity to better themselves and be the best they can be”

    — Kayla Carleton, Stephens Family YMCA

     

  • “Math is everything! I know that sounds contrite coming from an accountant but think about it. Without math you couldn’t measure your ingredients for a cake, figure out how to give or get change at a store, or determine the best deals when shopping. More importantly, it is the building block for problem-solving and analytical skills needed in all careers, and in life, for that matter.”  

    — Denise Martin, CPA, Martin Hood 

     

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    Questions about the iRead • iCount program?

    Contact Mindy Cain, Director of Workforce Readiness at MindyC@champaigncounty.org or call 217.359.1791