38,725 hours of literacy mentorship each year
in Chicago Public Schools.|
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WHAT IS A WITS VIRTUAL PROGRAM?

WITS is excited to offer a virtual reading mentoring program for students and mentors for the 2020-2021 school year. The virtual program will bring together students and adult volunteers for a year of mentorship, shared reading, and community building – all staples of a traditional WITS program. The program was designed with the unique needs of a virtual setting in mind. WITS will provide access to a robust online library of children’s books. WITS will utilize whole group activities and breakout groups, where students and mentors will form teams of readers. Most importantly, WITS will make sure that our virtual space is welcoming, encouraging, and safe for students.

OUR VISION







Literacy matters

WITS creates opportunities for every student in Chicago to be literate.


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WHO WE ARE

WITS is a movement of educators, volunteers and investors coming together to support a better public education for every student.


WHAT WE DO

WITS programs help students develop a love of reading that guides them through the critical transition of learning-to-read to reading-to-learn.

WHy WE DO IT

Reading is one of the most commonly and intensively used skills among all types of jobs across the entire U.S. economy.

Third graders who are proficient in reading are four times more likely to graduate than those without proficient reading skills.


HOW WE DO IT

WITS is 100% privately funded, and program delivery is not reliant on school or city budgets.

WITS communities of teachers and volunteers model for students the life-enhancing benefits of literacy and a passion for learning.

OUR MISSION






Reading matters

WITS sets students on a trajectory for success by building critical literacy skills and developing positive self-identity through teacher led professional development and volunteer powered mentorship programs.


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