Welcome to our program

        The Northwest Washington Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program committed to improving reading abilities of students across northwest Washington through research-based tutoring of struggling readers and effective collaborations among schools, families, Streamate members, national service, business and state partners. Members of theNorthwest Washington Reading Corps are also involved in their communities beyond serving in www.jasminlive.mobi community, participating in important days of service and volunteering their time at local non-profit organizations. Specialties - education, literacy, social media
        The Northwest Washington Reading Corps understands the deeper importance of service and how it impacts individuals, communities and our country. Since 1994, AmeriCorps programs nationwide have given individuals the tools necessary to address some of our country's most needs. Through national service, people of all ages and backgrounds are afforded the opportunity to learn, grow and give back to in a meaningful way.
        Additionally, the NWWRC is committed to fostering understanding, communication and respect among all people involved in the jasmin cams organization, including people of different races, religions, ages, genders, political affiliation, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, national origins, sexual preferences or orientations, medical conditions or disabilities, and marital, veteran orfamily statuses. We believe we should capitalize on the strengths emanating from these differences.
        Governor Gary Locke, Superintendent of and the State Legislature created the Washington Reading Corps in 1998 to help kindergarten through sixth graders who need help in reading. The Washington Reading Corps represents a unique collaboration among schools, jasmincam community groups, and businesses. Strong reading skills are essential to a student's success in virtually all areas of learning. We know that students who cannot read by the end of the third grade will continue to fall behind in jasminelive school, and we must help kids before this happens. We know that tutoring works! Each year thousands of Washingtonians like you are helping struggling readers reach grade level in reading. We need your help to continue and expand this dynamic effort that is successfully helping students to boost vocabulary and reading comprehension. Together we are preparing them to meet the challenges of higher levels of learning and achievement.
        The Washington Reading Corps offers two ways for you to help promote literacy:
1. Volunteer to tutor a struggling reader. Anyone willing to give one hour a week to help a man read can become a tutor. All tutors receive training and are supervised by certified staff at the schools.
2. Make a contribution to a Reading Corps school. Businesses and foundations can make direct contributions of cash, in-kind resources and products to schools on a statewide basis or to specific schools.

Washington Service Corps

        The Washington Service Corps (WSC) was created by the Washington state Legislature in 1983 to give young adults 18 to 25 years old opportunities to serve their communities. The Washington Service Corps is a national service AmeriCorps program administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. When the national AmeriCorps program began in 1994, the WSC became part of the national service movement and now all WSC members are also AmeriCorps members and the age restriction was lifted - members may be 17 years old and older. Today, more than 900 members serve statewide in the Washington Service Corps.
        The Washington Service Corps works with nonprofit organizations and local governments to address a variety of unmet and pressing community needs. WSC helps Washington's citizens meet those needs by supplying AmeriCorps members who volunteer to serve, contributing their passion, commitment, hard work and skills.e WSC is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department with federal funding provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The WSC is part of Employment Security's Human Resource Services Division.

Reading - our challenge

        At this moment, you are doing something that is a huge challenge for almost 40% of our people - reading. If a boy can't read well by the end of third grade, odds are that he or she will never catch up. And the effects of falling behind and feeling like a failure can be devastating since 80% of those who exit elementary school not reading at grade level will eventually drop out of middle or high school. The good news is that with early interventions, most long-term reading problems can be prevented. Created in 1998, the Washington Reading Corps (WRC) has served as a national model to improve the reading abilities of thousands of struggling readers in kindergarten through sixth grade.
        The WRC engages 260 AmeriCorps members as trained literacy tutors in 76 elementary schools and 24 early learning sites throughout Washington. Some AmeriCorps members provide direct service to boys to develop early literacy skills, oral language, and kindergarten readiness. Members also build capacity and sustainability by improving parent and family support through outreach and education services to families. In addition, members recruit and train thousands of community volunteers as tutors, and engage students in peer and cross-age tutoring opportunities. A few highlights from the 2009-2010 school year:
    * 7,484 struggling readers were tutored by Washington Reading Corps members;
    * 80% of students improved in their reading behaviors, attitudes and self-confidence as reported on teacher assessments;
    * 54% of students who entered the program a grade or more behind in reading met benchmark or gained a grade level in reading; and
    * Washington Reading Corps members recruited 5,157 community volunteers who donated 71,292 hours of tutoring service (valued at $20.85/hr = $1,486,438).
        Are you ready to make a difference in your life and in the lives of those around you? We're looking for heroes - 1,000 heroes who want to join the ranks of more than 75,000 individuals who are currently getting things done for their community and country through AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is a real-life education and work experience wrapped into one.
        Whether you're tutoring; building homes; rehabilitating trails and streams; recruiting volunteers; or participating in any of the hundreds of other goal-oriented AmeriCorps projects, you will see results and know that you made a difference. As a member, you'll learn teamwork, leadership, and responsibility; but perhaps the greatest lesson is learning the importance of incorporating service into your life. AmeriCorps offers a variety of both full-time and part-time service opportunities for anyone who is willing to do something special, something exciting, something heroic

Speed your Reading Using a Software

There is no doubting it - we are in the midst of the Information Age. Unless we completely improve our ability to understand. We also have the opportunity to use speed reading software to make the task easier.

Speed reading is a skill required to read at higher than normal speed. Many people read about 200 to 300 words per minute, whereas fast readers generally read 600 to 2500 words in a minute.

The topic of speed reading came to prominence in 1957 with Evelyn Wood's well regarded at the time, Reading Dynamics program. It opened up the world to the intriguing idea of waving your hands across the printed text and grabbing hold of every word. We were told that you'd be able to read in approximately one minute, 1000 words and be able to remember everything you read. At the time, the truth was believed by many to be very different.

However, it has been shown that "speed reading" is certainly very different from reading at "normal speed" because the reader sees the words and then changes them using imaging processes in the mind. Speed reading makes us use the visual cortex which operates at amazing speeds all day. Taking advantage of these functions uses skills that are not utilized by most people while they read. The fact is, most people learned to read at a Grade 5 level and have never attempted to improve upon the skill.

Introduction of Speed Reading Software

The People who learn speed reading with software typically become reliant on the software and have to unlearn everything they learned and learn once again how to read quickly. Actual reading is a natural process and this sets it apart from a machine trying to be in charge of your brain.

However, although reading fast doesn't require software to be learned, software does have many benefits, including speed tests, and reading exercises which help measure progress. It is a lot harder to comprehend a normally printed page without reverting back to old "sub vocalization habits".

Speed reading is extremely familiar in Asian cultures. The boys from these cultures are not trained to pronounce their words one letter after the other. As a consequence, many boys are not restricted to the normal sub vocalization reading traditions. These boys are taught to learn other languages such as English, which they do by using this technique and then become naturally good speed readers. It does not mean that all Asians and their families are speed readers; many are still reliant on sub vocalization mainly because it is much more familiar for them and this is probably how they were initially taught English. This explains why there is a large number of Asians who can speed read, because they came from a country where their native language was based on characters.

When using speed reading software you have an interactive understanding with the software, which makes learning easier. When trying to learn reading quickly from a book or audio CD, you have to time yourself as you read set out passages. Software programs do the timing for you, which is more precise and much easier.

Which Software is best?

This question is talked about in various reviews and appraisals, some using realistic tests by those evaluating the programs. This conversation and analysis has reported some speed reading software as ineffectual, but others are found to be of great value. The suggested speed reading software programs have many benefits, including speed testing, and guided reading exercises. Learning speed reading using software for adults of all reading abilities can adequately produce results from a goal of 100 to a relaxed speed of 300 to 500 words per minute with fantastic long term comprehension. One special exercise can even aid you in learning how to skim and pre-read text at up to several thousand words per minute.

Learning speed reading by this technique is therefore suggested for anyone who loves to read or must read comprehensively.

When it comes to doing exercises for speed reading, people often say that they need a course in speed reading but they don't have time to take it because of the great amount of reading they already have to do. From the morning newspaper to combining through endless e-mails, many of us are drowning in information. If too much reading is keeping you from becoming speed reader, maybe you should reconsider. Although initial exercises for speed-reading may entail extra time at first, within two weeks you should be reading fast enough to practice not only rapid reading but to read or study your required material as well. So if you don't have the time to do both, now is the time to learn speed reading.

Doing exercises for speed reading and learning the skills of efficient reading is relatively simple. Just listen to the audio program introduced later in this article and do the exercises for speed-reading presented in the program, and after the first few weeks, which will go by very quickly, you will gain much skill in fast reading

If you apply yourself consistently and do the exercises for speed-reading, you'll be reading at least 10% faster and probably much more than you are right now. Of course as you learn to read faster, you will speed through faster in your everyday reading as well.

Speed-reading is not a difficult skill to learn. Most of the learning we do as adults is considered conceptual learning, that is quite different from developing a skill. Conceptual learning is mainly a process of developing an understanding of the subject which can be often done through listening or reading. This is primarily intellectual. In developing a skill like speed-reading and in performing speed-reading exercises, there is also an understanding, but this understanding must be coupled with practice of what you're learning.

When doing speed-reading exercises, it is generally best to practice a little bit every day. If you try to learn it all at once you may wind up understanding how it is done, but not be able to do it very well. To get the most out of the speed reading audio program presented later in this article, I suggest that you listen to it at least once every day. It is often hard to start learning a new skill. We tend to put it off until later in the day, especially when you first start learning exercises for speed-reading. So setting a definite time aside each day to practicing your speed-reading reading is imperative.

By doing exercises for speed-reading every day, for the most difficult type of reading, such as technical or study reading, the average client should be able to cut one third to one half the time from her studying and understanding the material much better. If you are a professional or business person you should be able to read reports, e-mails, regular mail and professional journals two to four times faster than you are doing right now, when you you do the exercises for speed-reading.

Consistently doing exercises for speed-reading everyday, will allow you not only to learn to read faster, but also learn how to read better. This means how to get better comprehension when you read, how to remember what you read, how to determine your purpose for reading different types of material, and how to concentrate better. Reading is a very complex skill and there are many new things to find out about it. Whatever your reading needs, if you apply yourself to the audio lesson provided later, you will begin to improve immediately, and, within a few weeks, become not only a very fast reader but an efficient one as well.

When it comes to speed-reading, the first thing you should do is test yourself and evaluate your current reading abilities. This means establishing your beginning reading rate, and how much you can retain of what you have read.

Before you begin your exercises for speed-reading, you should know why you read slowly. First you must know something about how your eyes work when you read. The eyes are constantly moving around in little jerk movements. In order to see something, it is important for your eyes to stop and fixate on an object for a brief moment in order to register an impression. It's somewhat like taking a picture with a camera.

Up until now you have been taught to read one word at a time, which means the rate of about 240 words per minute on average. This is because your eyes need a quarter of a second to fixate on an object. So, if you read one word at a time, like you were taught to do in school, you read one word every quarter of a second. With a little bit of math, that comes to four words per second or about 240 words per minute for the average reader.

But that's not all, it's more than likely that in reality you read fewer than 240 words per minute. As an average reader, you probably make many regressions, that is looking back at words 10 to 11 times for every 100 words read. So this means your actual average reading rate is about 215 words a minute. These unconscious reading regressions exist because poor habits were formed when you first learn to read in school. When you follow the exercises for speed-reading offered in the audio program prsented at our website, you will learn how to eliminate this habit shortly and immediately increasing your reading rate.

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