Rowena Nichols, long time ReadWest Volunteer Tutor, passed away March 14, 2018. She was 90 years old. She tutored English as a Second Language and Basic Literacy Adult Students. She tutored a dozen adult students during her years at ReadWest. After a stroke confined her to a wheelchair, she continued to write newsletter articles for ReadWest on Tutoring Adult Ideas called, “Rowena’s Corner.”
“The substantial relationship between parent involvement for the school and reading comprehension levels of fourth-grade classrooms is obvious, according to the U.S. Department of Education.7 Where parent involvement is low, the classroom mean average (reading score) is 46 points below the national average. Where involvement is high, classrooms score 28 points above the national average – a gap of 74 points. Even after controlling for other attributes of communities, schools, principals, classes, and students, that might confound this relationship, the gap is 44 points.”
Why do I support ReadWest as the President of the Board of Directors? I was totally illiterate at the age of 16 and dropped out of high school to save myself the embarrassment and humiliation of being labeled “slow”.
Fast forward 46 years and I now have a BA in Human Resource Management, an M.Ed. in Organizational Development, and a Ph.D. certificate in Evidence-Based Leadership.