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Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success

What is the Shared Reading Project? The Shared Reading Project (SRP) is a highly acclaimed national program for parents and caregivers. SRP matches participating families with Deaf tutors. A Deaf tutor visits the home of a deaf or hard of hearing child and demonstrates how to read a popular children’s book in American Sign Language (ASL). Family members practice signing the book and receive feedback from the tutor. Family members then read the book to the child in ASL as the tutor watches and offers helpful hints. At the end of each weekly session, the tutor provides the family with a book bag. The book bag contains a copy of the book, a DVD of the storybook being read in ASL that family members can use for practice, a bookmark with tips on reading to deaf children, and a guide with family activities relating to the particular book for that week.

The Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success Training is a three-day program for individuals who are considering setting up an SRP site. Site coordinators can be educators, administrators, librarians, parent leaders, and community center coordinators. This training program is designed to help site coordinators establish the SRP at their own schools and programs.  The Shared Reading Project: Keys to Success Training is not scheduled at this time.  If you are interested in hosting a training, please contact us at training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu

Through the course, participants learn to:

  • use the 15 principles for reading to deaf and hard of hearing children;
  • recruit, hire, and train Deaf adults to be tutors;
  • market the SRP to families;
  • work effectively with parents, caregivers, educators, and tutors; and
  • plan and manage the SRP budget, personnel needs, and program evaluation.

The training program includes:

  • Three full days of training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • All the course materials and instruction you will need to establish the Shared Reading Project, including developing an individual site plan
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks, coffee, tea, and water
  • Five instructional DVDs to use at your SRP site
  • Numerous handouts and templates that can be used and adapted when you return to your site
  • Participants earn two (2) Professional Studies credits (PSTs) from Gallaudet University.
  • SRP book bag group set of 10 book bags, a $200 value, to get your SRP lending library started!
  • Ongoing support provided by the Clerc Center--Site coordinators will have access to coaching from staff at the Clerc Center, an on-line community of SRP site coordinators, and training materials and logos for setting up their program

We recommend having at least two people from a school or program attend the training together. Coordinating the SRP is frequently only a portion of a person’s job, not his or her full-time responsibility. Therefore, many programs decide to establish co-coordinators. For example, sometimes one person focuses on the families and the other works primarily with the tutors. No matter which arrangement you choose, however, having at least two people who learn the content and can support each other during implementation of the SRP will be extremely helpful. A great deal of content is covered during the course.