Year-Round Programs

Remote Reading Scholar Mentorship

Remote Reading is a literacy and mentorship program for our K-5 scholars. Each scholar is paired with a 7th-12th grade student volunteer or college student and together they set up a time each week to read a designated book over the phone/Zoom. They read through the book page by page together, pausing regularly to define difficult vocabulary, check in with comprehension, and talk about themes.

The program is organized and executed by our teen volunteers, under the supervision of our Program Coordinator. Teen volunteers select and distribute books as well as conduct peer check-ins. Members of the Teen Board on the Scholar Mentorship Committee are responsible for checking in with volunteers and scholars each month, ensuring that the program is always peer-led and that the teen volunteers have ownership in the program.  A group of teen mentors also created female empowerment book club in which mentor-mentee pairs read a discuss books with strong female characters and the power of women.

Through these experiences, students are able to further their relationships and continue growing their reading skills. Mentor-mentee pairs also attend events together every other month. The events include field trips, community service or social justice projects, and literacy events.  

This year’s books include Eerie Elementary, City of Ember, Magic Treehouse, Junie B. Jones, Percy Jackson, and more!

If you are a parent/guardian interested in signing up your child APPLY HERE!

If you are new to our program and are interested in becoming a Remote Reader for the 20-21 school year, apply today!

– For Teen Volunteers (High School) APPLY HERE!

– For College Volunteers APPLY HERE!

If you have any questions, please email wrtl@wisela.org!

Literacy Classes

For the 2020-2021 school year, we will be holding virtual literacy classes for our K-5 scholars via Zoom. Scholars will be assigned to virtual classrooms according to their grade level and will meet once per week between for an hour. Classes will be led by our Literacy Leaders (LLs), our motivated and energetic college-aged teachers that serve not only as teachers, but also role models to our scholars!

Our classes have a low student to teacher ratio to ensure all students get more individualized instruction than is possible in public schools. Additionally, our curriculum includes age-appropriate games, book activities, comprehension checks, discussions, and more!

If you are a parent/guardian interested in signing up your child,  APPLY HERE

If you have any questions, please email wrtl@wisela.org!

Enrichment Lessons

For the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering virtual enrichment lessons for our K-5 scholars via Zoom. Enrichment will be offered for one hour each week and will be led by our Junior Literacy Leaders. Enrichment lessons will include art, math, dance, cooking, and more!

If you are a parent/guardian interested in signing up your child, please email wrtl@wisela.org to receive our monthly Enrichment Calendar!

Digital Literacy – Robotics and Coding

We will be offering virtual Digital Literacy Classes for our 4th-8th grade scholars via Zoom. Scholars will learn and engage with projects about coding, robotics, game development, and more! Classes are divided by topic and range between 5 and 10 students to ensure quality learning. Classes begin October 2020 and continue through February 2021!

Below you will find a schedule and summary of our current classes!

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Hummingbird Robotics

About: Students will create a robot using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit and cardboard!

Program Dates: 10/26-11/16

Schedule: Mondays 4:30-5:30

MicroBits

About: Students will learn how to code light, sound, and movement sensors!

Program Dates: 10/26-11/16

Schedule: Thursdays 6-7

Game Development

About: Students will learn how to code “Flappy Bird” and put a game on an App store!

Program Dates: 11/23-12/14

Schedule: Wednesdays 4:30-5:30

VEX Robotics

About: Students will learn how to code and build a robot!

Program Dates:

Session #1 – 11/23-12/14

Session #2 – 1/11-2/1

Schedule: Thursdays 6-7

Web Development

About: Students will learn how to code their own website!

Program Dates: 1/11-2/1

Schedule: Thursdays 5-6

All coding and robotics classes are filled at the moment, but please email wrtl@wisela.org for more information!