As an educator, you’re well aware that Oregon kids are tracking behind on reading and other benchmark skills. We want to partner with you to change that.

SMART Reading works with hundreds of schools and PreK providers across Oregon to deliver our proven reading support program. 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.

With more than two decades of experience refining and improving the process, SMART Reading provides an efficient, high-quality and well-structured volunteer program that delivers results and requires minimal resources from school staff. 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.

SMART Reading School Sponsors are individuals, companies and foundations who help provide the volunteers and financial support needed for individual sites to thrive. Click here to view our current SMART Reading School Sponsors. Our goal is to have all 300 of SMART Reading’s statewide sites sponsored by the 2021-22 school year (our 30th anniversary!). To learn more about our Sponsor a SMART Reading School initiative, or if you know of a company or individual who may be interested in sponsoring your site’s SMART Reading program, please contact Heather Ohta at hohta@getsmartoregon.org or 971-634-1610.

SMART Reading gives educators powerful new resources by bringing volunteers into your school to read with kids one-on-one and give them books to keep. We are your 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.”

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.