Partners in Literacy is dedicated to creating communities of readers in schools. Although we embrace technology and all that it offers us, our focus is print-based texts. We believe that students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade enjoy the “thingness” of holding solid books in their hands. Partners in Literacy helps schools create a culture of readers in schools. A culture of reading exist when everyone is visible reading: custodians, principals, all teachers, staff, and students. A culture of reading exist when a broad variety of books are readily available for check out at all times. A culture of reading exists when the schools are connected to the real and exciting world of writers, publishers and bookstores. Students in these schools talk about books and believe that their social status now and in the future will be enhanced by being seen as a reader both by their peers and their teachers.
Partners in Literacy incorporated in 2011. It was incubated at the Odyssey School of Denver. That is where its staff spent eleven years reading with all students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade-struggling to accelerated. They bought books for classroom libraries, made a wide variety of resources, assembled a library from scratch and created a reading volunteer program where every child in the school read with an adult once a week. In 2o11, they replicated their reading volunteer program at a nearby failing middle school with great success. In the summer of 2012, they used what they had learned to remake a library in a at risk elementary school.
|Julie Neitz Wielga Julie brings all her experience from being a community organizer, classroom teacher and reading specialist to make Partners in Literacy a unique organization. She believes that books and libraries are the perfect center of any school. Over and over again she sees teachers, volunteers,and students, together and independently truly engaged with literature and content that broadens deepens and challenges them. Julie is founder and director of Partners in Literacy. Julie Neitz Wielga is an Odyssey School Educational Hero.|
|Judith Bergquist Judith is a circulation clerk at Pauline Robinson Library. For Partners in Literacy, she designs library space that is intimate and inviting. She is gifted at developing library systems and is a master at solving almost any problem, from putting book cases together to figuring out library software. Outside of her time in libraries, she is also an artisan. Her passion lies in the integration of art, history and incorporating cultural experiences into design.|
|Erin Isom Erin is a free thinker. Erin has a B.A. with a major in psychology and a minor in education. Her special talent is creating safe reading and learning friendships with the child who is not comfortable anywhere. She is also good at almost everything including playing the drums. When she walks into the room, everyone feels better.|