As an educator, you’re well aware that Oregon kids are tracking behind on reading and other benchmark skills, and many lack access to high-quality, inclusive books. We want to partner with you to change that.

SMART Reading works with hundreds of schools and early learning providers across Oregon to deliver our proven reading engagement program and access to books. We actively collaborate with principals and teachers to identify where we can align with and support the important work that is happening in the classroom, and put more high-quality, inclusive books into students’ hands.

With more than three decades of experience refining and improving the process, SMART Reading provides an efficient, high-quality, and well-structured volunteer and book program that delivers results and requires minimal resources from school staff. For our reading engagement services, our volunteer Site Coordinators provide on-site management and coordination of community volunteers to read one-on-one with students.

SMART Reading is funded nearly 100 percent through private supporters. This allows us to provide our program to schools that meet our selection criteria at no cost to the school or district.

Our goal is to give educators powerful resources by bringing volunteers into your school to read with kids, and giving them books to keep and share with their families. We are your supportive ally in raising reading proficiency and ensuring learning success.

“SMART Reading helped us to create a culture that loves books.”

“I have seen more confidence in my students and excitement about reading.”

“This year my students have the highest reading scores I have had in years.”

“SMART Reading is a chance for the children to have a positive interaction with an adult that is fun and low stress.”

“Some schools may look at SMART Reading as a supportive program, but it’s times like these when SMART Reading becomes an ESSENTIAL program.”

How do I get SMART Reading in my school?

Click here to learn more about SMART Reading’s new site process. 

SMART Reading Delivery Models

SMART Reading provides a variety of program delivery models to meet the needs of changing and varied school environments. Click here to learn about SMART Reading delivery models.