Reading Results’ 2013/14 Report Card

Today, we are happy to share our 2013/14 Report Card and to announce a 44% increase in the number of students we’ll serve this school year. We’re proud of this growth, yet we know there are more than 4,000 first, second, and third grade struggling learners who need and deserve our program in Multnomah County alone.

Reading Results is poised to expand our services to reach more students, in more schools, among low-income communities and for children of color, throughout our region. Your support sends a message to each struggling child: “You are important. Your community cares about you and your future.”

Your investment in literacy improves a child’s chance at being successful at school and beyond. Please show your support of Reading Results by making a gift today.

Thank you for your support!

Report Card

Read our 2013/14 Report Card.

The Reading Results Team

The Reading Results team!

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This year’s tutor training hosted returning tutors and new tutors all together and the results were fabulous. Here are a few shots of the seriousness, the laughter – as well as the bonding that went on during the week. Photos by Garrett Downen.


Innovative Partnership with Portland Public Schools and Partner Organizations

This fall, in partnership with Portland Public Schools and seven partner organizations, Reading Results has kicked off service at five schools as a part of a collective impact project. Our goal: improve reading outcomes for PPS PreK through second graders.

Working within PPS’s Strategic Framework to ensure every student succeeds, regardless of race or class, students at Bridger K-8, Chief Joseph/Ockley Green K-8, James John K-5, Sitton K-5, and Rosa Parks K-5 will experience a new level of community support.

Reading Results, along with SMART (Start Making a Reader Today), The Children’s Book Bank, The Black Parent Initiative, The Shadow Project, 80%ers for Education Excellence, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN), and the Multnomah County Library, will work to support each school’s efforts to create a culture of literacy and improve reading outcomes for students attending those schools.

Through this innovative partnership, Reading Results has expanded the number of students served by 120 and looks forward to helping each student become a stronger reader.

Reading Results 2014-15 program year kicks off with a 44% increase in service

It’s official. Reading Results tutors are back in schools, working with students in 14 schools in the Portland Metro area in support of our vision that all children have the right to read and succeed.


We are so excited to be able to serve 390 students in need of the individualized tutoring our program provides — a 44% increase in service from last year.

In the 2014-15 school year, we are serving:

Capitol Hill
Chief Joseph
Gilbert Park
Harrison Park
James John
Rosa Parks

Reading Results Announces Community Strengthening Partnership with United Way

Reading Results Announces Community Strengthening Partnership with United Way July_15_2014


Leading Area Non-Profits Utilize “Collective Impact” Approach to Reduce Poverty for Children and Families

Portland, Oregon (July 15, 2014) — Reading Results is pleased to announce that it has been chosen as one of 30 select organizations to participate in United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s new Community Strengthening collaborative cohort designed to improve outcomes for low-income children and their families, to ultimately break the cycle of childhood poverty in the four-county (Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington) region.

The collaborative cohort, which is based on the “collective impact” approach, is part of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s new strategic direction to leverage the expertise, resources, and effort of multiple organizations across the region in working together toward one common goal: breaking the cycle of childhood poverty.

United Way’s Community Strengthening cohort is comprised of 30 emerging and established non-profits serving low income and culturally specific communities across the metropolitan area. The cohort will work together for a period of three years (July 2014 through June 2017) to create and participate in learning communities designed to share experiences, exchange data and information, and build collective knowledge around new and promising practices to improve outcomes for low-income families and their children. Each member of the Community Strengthening cohort will be awarded up to $50,000 per year, to complete this critical work. (*Funding to Reading Results and the other non-profits in the cohort is contingent on the funding United Way receives as an organization to its Breaking the Cycle fund.)

“We are thrilled to be a part of United Way’s Community Strengthening cohort because we understand the threats childhood poverty poses to third-grade reading fluency – and all aspects contributing to success in later years,” said Reading Results Executive Director, Jennifer Samuels. “This collaboration with United Way as a Community Strengthening partner will compound our efforts in ensuring all children are successful readers and we are looking forward to working with this collection of fantastic organizations.”

Each non-profit organization participating in United Way of the Columbia-Willamette’s Community Strengthening cohort has agreed to share their results through a common measurement framework, to work together on critical problems and innovations in the field, and to build a common knowledge base about collective impact on childhood poverty in our region.
“We are ecstatic to be collaborating with the outstanding organizations selected to be a part of our Community Strengthening cohort on breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. The issue of poverty is incredibly complex, with multiple facets; it’s a far greater issue than any one organization can resolve alone,” said Keith Thomajan, CEO of United Way of the Columbia-Willamette. “In utilizing the collective impact model, we are confident we can amplify and accelerate the impact we are making in our community specific to student success, family stability, and connected communities to give every child, regardless of their socioeconomic status, a fair chance at success. Quite simply, we are better together.”

The Collective Impact Model

The collective impact model, as articulated by the non-profit consulting group Foundation Strategy Group (FSG), is a model of work that brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change. There are five conditions** of “collective impact” that lead to meaningful results:

1. A common agenda: All participants have a shared vision for change including a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions
2. Shared Measurement: Collecting data and measuring results consistently across all participants ensures efforts remain aligned and participants hold each other accountable
3. Mutually Reinforcing Activities: Participant activities must be differentiated while still being coordinated through a mutually reinforcing plan of action
4. Continuous Communication: Consistent and open communication is needed across the many players to build trust, assure mutual objectives, and appreciate common motivation
5. Backbone Organization: Creating and managing collective impact requires a separate organization(s) with staff and a specific set of skills to serve as the backbone for the entire initiative and coordinate participating organizations and agencies (The backbone organization for the Community Strengthening strategy is United Way of the Columbia-Willamette.)
**Source: Foundation Strategy Group (FSG)

To learn more about United Way’s Community Strengthening strategy and the other organizations involved in the cohort, please visit



An Evening with Reading Results

Last night, the Reading Results Board of Directors hosted An Evening with Reading Results at the Sentinel Hotel. Thanks to generous donations by a circle of leaders launching us into the next stage of growth, we raised more than $50,000 at our inaugural event – and had a great time! Thank you to everyone in attendance.

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Thanks to Spirit Mountain Community Fund for their ongoing support of Reading Results and for presenting us with a check at an OSU Men’s Basketball game last week – Go Beavers!
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Pictured (left to right): Spirit Mountain Community Fund Trustee Toby McClary, Reading Results Board of Directors Co-chair Shawn Engelberg, Spirit Mountain Community Fund Director Kathleen George, and The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Tribal Council Member Denise Harvey.



Reading Results in the news

We’ve been hard at work with our partners Portland Public Schools, SMART, Multnomah County Library, Multnomah County SUN Service System, The Children’s Book Bank, The Shadow Project, Portland 80%ers for Educational Excellence and the Portland Trail Blazers to launch an unprecedented system of wrap-around reading supports for students in five PPS Title I schools.

We’re proud to be a leader in this effort, working to ensure that every child reads and succeeds. Like PPS Supt. Carole Smith said, “Every student can read. All of us can help.”

Thanks to The Oregonian for the coverage – and to Trail Blazer Robin Lopez for being the face of the project!
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Here’s to a great 2013/14 School Year!

Thanks to everyone who’s helped us get this school year off to a great start!

This year, we’re happy to serve students at:

Capitol Hill Elementary School
Chapman Elementary School
Faubion School
Harrison Park School
Sitton Elementary School
Whitman Elementary School

Alder Elementary School
Davis Elementary School
Glenfair Elementary School

Earl Boyles Elementary School (summer program)

Garden Tour tickets on sale now!

Thanks to everyone who supported the
Green on Green Garden Tour in September!

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Tour proceeds benefited Reading Results.

Sprout Sponsor:                                                    Seed Sponsor:

Gavin Shettler, Realtor at                                     Tom Barreto at

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We’ve changed our name!

To better reflect our commitment to ensuring all children get a fair chance to read and succeed – Portland Reading Foundation has become Reading Results.