Schools use visiting mentor to grow reading, writing skills

January 27, 2015

There are a lot of statistics for Issaquah School District educators to ponder as they work to improve reading and writing skills in their classrooms.

National research shows children are increasingly less interested in reading — particularly after age 13 — and that aversions to deep, sustained reading sessions are impacting their ability to succeed in college.

Penny Kittle has been studying literacy trends for many years. A high-school English teacher in North Conway, New Hampshire, she also mentors other teachers and travels the country as a literacy coach.

While much of Kittle’s knowledge is accessible online, Issaquah officials chose to bring it to their doorstep last week by having her visit several classrooms, and by speaking to parents Jan. 21 at Pacific Cascade Middle School. Read more

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Alumna group seeks book donations for local child patients

September 17, 2013

Members of the Bellevue-Eastside Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Alumnae Club will be in the lobby of the Issaquah campus of Swedish Medical Center collecting new or gently used books for children Sept. 25.

The event is a continuation of a project the group, whose fraternity’s philanthropy is literacy, started last year.

“About a year ago, we got together and decided we need a project that helps our local community,” said Claire Cahill, a member of the group.

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