Monthly Archives: August 2010

What Are We Looking For?

Today, I had the opportunity to speak at Hyde Leadership’s High School faculty meeting. In search of teachers to help with program implementation, I was able to make a short presentation about the work Reach will be doing at Hyde this year. It’s always a wonderful experience to see how some people really get excited […]

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A Wonderful Problem

The start up process involves many moving pieces. Only weeks away from program launch, many items must still fall into place. Will students want to participate? Will we be able to find talented teachers interested in working with us? Will we have the money needed? Will the instructional materials arrive on time? And, as an […]

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It Works, Except When it Doesn’t…

In this month’s edition of the Harvard Graduate School of Education Magazine, there is an interesting article about the use of financial incentives. While researchers certainly have strong opinions, there does not seem to be a consensus around the use of financial incentives. What does this mean for an organization, like Reach, that uses compensation […]

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Blog Break

While out of the office this week, I will have limited internet access; therefore, the blog will take a short break. We will return with our twice weekly installments on Monday, August 23rd. Thanks, as always, for reading. Mark

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Training Tutors

Today, I finished a strong draft of Reach’s Tutor Training Manual. I feel confident in this version, though I would never call it a “final draft” as there is always room for improvement, and we will continue to learn. The creation of the Tutor Training Manual has been a fascinating process – it’s so much […]

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Truth Behind the Numbers

Educational statistics have become part of everyday conversations for many in this country. We hear people speak of merit pay, national standards, teacher evaluation, reading proficiency, and graduation rates; however, we don’t really understand what’s being said. Statistics can always be spun, and that reality shines through in the world of education as much as […]

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We Need Your Help!

As many of you know, Reach is one of three organizations selected to benefit from Deals for Deeds during the month of August. We’ll be posting each of the daily deals on our Facebook page. We know you might not be interested in every deal you see, but we hope you’ll consider spreading the word […]

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August Update

Friends of Reach, Moving quickly toward the beginning of the next academic year, Reach’s launch is almost upon us! As we finalize our Tutor Training Manual, create a program library, and begin student recruitment, we are excited about our opportunity to dramatically improve the reading skills of 60 students at Hyde Leadership Public Charter School. […]

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