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Ravenswood Reads

Ravenswood Reads is a service-learning program in which Stanford students tutor children in kindergarten through second grade in reading and language acquisition.

Since 1986, Ravenswood Reads (first known as Ravenswood Stanford Tutoring Program) has connected Stanford students with elementary-age schoolchildren in meaningful one-on-one interactions that help develop language and literacy skills. As a unique partnership among the Haas Center for Public Service, the San Mateo County Library, and participating youth in the Redwood City School District and Ravenswood City School District, the program focuses on providing a service to schools in East Palo Alto and creating a learning experience for Stanford students.

Ravenswood Reads supports readers in kindergarten through second grade by pairing Stanford tutors with children to help improve their decoding and comprehension skills. Ravenswood Reads is also a service-learning program that emphasizes the importance of adequately preparing and supporting volunteers on an ongoing basis. As a volunteer with the Ravenswood Reads Program, Stanford volunteers:

  • develop lasting relationships with children
  • learn strategies for assisting struggling readers
  • participate in a service project and contribute to the local community

Each year, Ravenswood Reads serves approximately 35 children, the majority of whom are English language learners, at CostaƱo School in East Palo Alto. Ravenswood Reads director, Renee Scott PhD, teaches Education 103A/203A, the training course for new Ravenswood Reads tutors offered each fall quarter. Rebecca Silverman, associate professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, co-teaches the class and serves as advisor to the program.

Submit a Tutor Application to become a Ravenswood Reads tutor.

For more information, please contact Renee Scott.