ReadWorks Seeks Volunteers

What is ReadWorks?

The nonprofit ReadWorks is the leading early-stage venture in the United States for improving teaching and learning in reading comprehension. Millions of teachers and students use ReadWorks throughout the United States. In support of our mission, we provide teachers with units, lessons, and thousands of authentic nonfiction and literary passages, accompanied by curriculum based on the cognitive science of reading comprehension. We also partner with renowned museums and cultural institutions, such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to bring their content to our vast user base. All of this content is made available on our sites (, for example) at no charge to teachers and students. 

ReadWorks is seeking students to help with their various projects including ReadWorks Article-A-Day™ Writing Project, ReadWorks Audio Project, eBook Illustration Project, and Vocabulary Support Illustration Project. Find out more about the projects below.

Interested in getting involved? Email Katy Laird at

ReadWorks Article-A-Day Writing Project

Project Description

ReadWorks Article-A-Day™ systematically builds background knowledge, vocabulary, and reading stamina for all students. It also supports speaking and listening skills and bolsters the connection between writing and reading comprehension. Article-A-Day™ is easy and enjoyable for teachers and students to do as a simple, 10 to 15 minute daily routine. There is no charge for teachers and students to use these materials.

As part of the ReadWorks Article-A-Day™ offering, ReadWorks provides hundreds of sets of 6-9 high-quality topically-related nonfiction texts for grades K-8. We’re looking to produce hundreds more of these sets by the summer.

How You Can Get Involved

To get these materials to the teachers and students who need them as soon as possible, ReadWorks is asking writers to write at least one set of six nonfiction articles at one of the K-5 grade levels. (The more sets, the merrier, of course!) Depending on the grade level, articles can range from about 100-600 words.

ReadWorks Audio Project

Project Description

ReadWorks provides thousands of high-quality nonfiction and literary texts for students in grades K-12. This library of texts is one of the core parts of the ReadWorks offering. ReadWorks has developed curricular tools based on the cognitive science of reading comprehension to help build students’ comprehension of these texts and unleash the texts’ value. One of these key tools are audio narrations of the texts being read aloud by real humans with fluency, expression, and prosody.

Audio narrations are important tools for helping readers access texts – especially emerging readers, struggling readers, English Language Learners, and students with learning disabilities. These narrations are made available to millions of teachers and students across the country – at no charge.

How You Can Get Involved

We’re asking people who want to contribute to the audio project to do one of two things:

  1. Record an audio narration for a text or multiple texts (perfect for people with great voices and an expressive style of reading)


  1. Edit an audio narration for a text or multiple texts (perfect for people who have sharp hearing, are detail-oriented, and would like to develop or practice their audio editing skills to support a great cause). 

ReadWorks’ Two Illustration Projects:

eBook Illustration Project

Project Description

ReadWorks is turning many of its texts into eBooks with rich illustrations, audio narrations, and text highlighting technology. Here’s an example of one we’ve created in the past.

These eBooks will be published on our platform to be accessed by millions of elementary and middle school teachers and students (many from disadvantaged populations) throughout the country (at no charge to either teachers or students).

How You Can Get Involved

We’re asking different artists to volunteer to contribute illustrations to this project. The goal is to have one artist illustrate at least one eBook. This means creating roughly 8-10 illustrations per eBook.

Vocabulary Support Illustration Project

Project Description

ReadWorks provides support for up to three key academic vocabulary words for each text in its library. This support includes dictionary definitions, Spanish cognates, and sample sentences.

We’re working on adding images for many of these words. The images are meant to illustrate and reinforce the (often various) meanings of the words for students who may need the extra support, including English Language Learners, emerging readers, struggling readers, and students with learning disabilities.

 How You Can Get Involved

ReadWorks is asking artists to create illustrations or take photographs that convey the meanings of selected words.

Legal Housekeeping Matter

Please note that by partaking in these projects, you agree that ReadWorks fully owns all the content you submit to us in whatever capacity we need/want. We will ask that you sign a formal agreement accepting these terms.

New Scholarship: Knight-Hennessy for Graduate Study at Stanford

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Que du bonheur! Wine, cheese and happiness

Students, faculty and staff gathered together last week for an evening of wine and cheese tasting. Annie-Claude Motron shared insight on French wine, how it’s classified by the region it comes from rather than the type of grape used to make it, before inviting everyone to explore the impressive selection of Bordeaux, Corsican, Burgandy whites and reds and to pair them with lots of cheese and bread :).

Group Study Spaces for Group Projects – Reserve Yours!

Group Study Rooms - Reserve OnlineNow available at the Davis Family Library and the Armstrong Library!   Make your own reservations for group studies. It’s easy to see existing reservations and pick your time online.

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Make the most of the space! Group studies are for a minimum of 2 people, unless you’re practicing for an oral presentation. If your group has reserved a room and you arrive to find the room is in use, your reservation permits you to ask the other group to move to another space.

Notes: March 28th, 2017

Guest: Mike Roy, Dean of Library


  1. Overview of the IT governance process
  2. The role of the academic portfolio group
  3. Discussion: Questions we need to answer:

what projects would we consider? which are too small? which are too big?
how do we ensure that the projects are vetted both in terms of their technical feasibility and their degree of ‘strategicness’?
    3. what should be the relationship between this new group and the ACTT?
    4. what should be the membership of the group to cover the entire institution, and ensure proper vetting (see item b)

1. Overview of the broad governance process

Mike Roy and Jonathan Maddix are overseeing the Academic/Digital Tech & Learning “Portfolio team” which is one of a number of departmental and project groups designed to inform the ITS Advisory and STeering Committee groups within the new governance structure.

External consultant organization, *CIO Sensei helped to prepare new governance framework based on external review process in 2016. Mike referenced a deck of slides outlining the governance structure.

*Some discussion of CIO Sensei findings (not everyone had shared background knowledge)

  • External review of ITS looked into project load, efficiencies, decision-making
  • Create a structure that helps to align stakeholders in needs assessment and infrastructure that can scale across the institution

Proposed ITS Operating Model & Processes are informed by mission aligned strategy:

  • Governance
  • Organization
  • Processes and practices
  • Performance management

…to realize academic mission and create value across the institution

ITS is currently undertaking workforce planning which may influence future staffing and organization.


ITS Governance Objectives

  • Customer driven
  • Understand risk
  • Representation across the institution
  • Clarify capacity and resource allocation – “no” as an option
  • Improved communication and transparency
  • Ongoing participatory process
  • Proactive monitoring of demand and challenges
  • Connection between IT and institutional mission and deeper planning process


Governance Flow / Levels – bi-directional flow of information and activity

  • ITS Steering Committee
    • High level, priority setting, funding, staffing, risk, evaluation and validation of strategy implementation
  • ITS Advisory Team
    • Cross-institutional, review of portfolio teams, programs, institutional demand, risk balancing
  • Portfolio Teams* Mike and Jon charged with support of one of these teams
    • Determine departmental needs and priorities, anticipate requirements, identify opportunities and risks, approve new projects, review programs, etc…

The role of the academic portfolio group
 vis a vis ACTT

“All Things Digital” Portfolio Team


a) what projects would we consider? which are too small? which are too big?

  • Example projects discussed as cases for review; e.g. Canvas, Zoom, Panopto, current review of WordPress MU instances (Middlebury, MIIS)

b) how do we ensure that the projects are vetted both in terms of their technical feasibility and their degree of ‘strategicness’?

  • Suggestion that ACTT could serve as the recommender for the portfolio team
  1. c) what should be the relationship between this new group and the ACTT?
  • Is this portfolio team a distinct group or is it a slight expansion of the current ACTT model; need to articulate the key roles of the two groups and determine whether the roles are distinctive or overlap within the new governance structure [unresolved]
  • Strategic goals and cross-institutional planning may help to make the relationships between portfolio team and upper levels of governance [Mike suggested he would bring this back to Advisory Team for clarification]


Additional Discussion

Potential scenarios for portfolio and ACTT:

  • Continue as two separate teams (ACTT and a Portfolio team)
  • Integrate of ACTT and portfolio team into dual purpose group
  • Disband ACTT, take best of and bring to portfolio team

ACTT currently serves a particular purpose in reviewing cyberinfrastructure systems and platforms. It seems a Portfolio team would have a more governance focused role; the way it works now, is stakeholders present a need, and ACTT tests it out and helps to draft a recommendation…

Middlebury Space / Facilities Committee might offer a model for Portfolio team – this committee convenes people together at certain times during the academic year to share needs, projects so that there is awareness of what people are looking to accomplish; the committee then initiates process of prioritizing needs to draft recommendations and potential impact on budget

In this model, the separate Portfolio Team would engage programs to understand directions and needs; refer cyberinfrastructure projects to ACTT for research, review, recommend – help upper levels prioritize based on strategy



Current ACTT Core members are on numerous teams and committees – it would be difficult to be called to participate on an additional committee

  1. d) what should be the membership of the group to cover the entire institution, and ensure proper vetting (see item b) [unresolved]

Additional questions

  • How does portfolio team’s project review work connect with the budget planning process? [unresolved]
  • Frequency of meeting (suggested bi-weekly)? [unresolved]


Action Items


  • Clarification and decision on unresolved questions, especially whether the discussed Portfolio team is a distinct group or whether there is clear overlap of ACTT and Portfolio group purpose [Mike and Jon – Portfolio Team Conveners]

Reminder: Summer Student Employment and Housing Agreements are due April 19!

If you are hiring a Midd student to work this summer, a 2017 Summer Student Employment & Housing Agreement must be submitted to the Student Employment Office by 5 pm on April 19 (even if the student does not need on campus housing).

If you are hiring a research assistant, the Summer Research Assistant Form is also due April 19. This is in addition to the 2017 Summer Student Employment & Housing Agreement.

Please visit the Summer Employment section of the SEO’s website to view summer procedures and policies. You can access all necessary forms there.

If you or your student employees have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Employment Office at x5377 or

Addison County Legislative Breakfasts

Still haven’t had the opportunity to attend a legislative breakfast? There are a few more opportunities this semester! Attending a legislative breakfast is a good way to hear updates from community members about community issues and hear from our legislators. Click here to view the full schedule. Flex fund money can be requested to off-set the cost of transportation or breakfast.

April 10th, 2017

7:00 am – 8:45 am at the Congregational Church, Weybridge.

April 17th, 2017

7:00 am – 8:45 am at the American Legion, Bristol.

April 24th, 2017

7:00 am – 8:45 am at the Parish Hall, King St. Vergennes.

*PURCHASE OF BREAKFAST NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND BUT HELPS OUR HOSTS TO DEFRAY THE COST OF OPENING THEIR HALL. Supported by: Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Addison County Regional Planning.