Monthly Archives: May 2011

Our Summer Vacation

In the last week, I’ve been asked many times about our summer plans. In fact, most people ask about my “summer vacation.” It most certainly will not be a vacation, but I’m very excited about the work we will have the opportunity to do this summer. In our first year of programming, we learned so […]

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An Open Letter

Reach Tutors, Yesterday, you tutored your students for the last time, collected your last stipend, and left your last session for this year. I hope you all recognize the incredible work that you’ve done during your year in our program. I have been truly impressed by your effort and maturity. When I arrived at Hyde […]

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From The Mouths of Babes

Yesterday, I had a really fascinating session with Reach’s tutors. Due to some scheduling challenges, it was the last session with the entire group. Rather than focus on the day to day literacy work that usually fills our time, I decided to facilitate a discussion to gather feedback about the program’s first year (this is […]

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Service Learning

As this year’s programming rolls to a close, our planning for next year is quickly taking shape. We learned so many lessons this year, and we’re incredibly excited to translate those learnings into a better program for our students. For me, one of the greatest lessons was that literacy must be the means, not the […]

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Shared Sacrifice

* Disclosure: I am an alumnus of an independent Friends school, and I currently serve on the school’s Board of Overseers. While I have no problem with independent schools, especially those with strong financial aid programs, I do not believe in using public funds to support these institutions. – In a recent HuffPost Op-Ed, Michelle […]

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A New Partnership!

Reach is excited to announce our second program site, our first within the DC Public Schools system. Beginning in the fall, Reach will be operating at Eastern Senior High School, one of the District’s comprehensive neighborhood high schools. Eastern will be undergoing an exciting rebirth under the leadership of Rachel Skerritt. Eastern closed to new […]

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Weekend Recap

I survived. As expected, the weekend was both intense and exhausting, but I also found it to be incredibly inspiring and energizing. 26 organizations were selected to be finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowship. Without exception, every organization deserved to be there. In just 48 hours, I certainly learned the amazing benefit I would derive […]

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New York, NY

Only minutes ago, I arrived in New York City for the finals of the Echoing Green Fellowship Competition. Apparently President Obama is also in town – perhaps I should have hitched a ride! During the four hours I spent on the train today, I was preparing for what will be, no doubt, a very intense […]

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Chynna, April’s Young Achiever

Reach is proud to announce that Chynna, one of our talented tutors, has been named DC Lawyers for Youth’s April 2011 Young Achiever (the DCLY site has not yet been updated). It is so important that we take the time to recognize those teens that are doing the right thing. Many of our students rarely […]

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