The ELevate Experience
A Community of learners
"A bit of attention and energy can transform an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one."
- Chip and Dan Heath, The Power of Moments
When they entered the center, Max’s face was hidden with his hoodie pulled tightly around his drooping head. With a red, tear-stained face, his mother said, “He had a really hard day at school, but he wanted to come here to see you.”
After a short time of reviewing (and rocking!) skills and games already mastered, Max slowly began to pull back his hood, engaged and boosted by the environment where all achievements are celebrated. Finally, he blurted out, “Why am I only smart in your classroom?”
In this moment, the entire concept of Elevate Reading Center began to take shape. Going beyond the ordinary isn’t just how we got our name: it is the very essence of who we are. Students may walk into the center expecting yet another version of their daily school experience, but they will leave as confident readers belonging to a strong community. What they find—and discover about themselves—at Elevate will be extraordinary.
There’s a lot of power in being someone’s teacher. A student can be dragged down by a focus on the frustrations and difficulties—or one can be elevated by a confidence-building reminder of what has already been accomplished. In our classroom, readers experience an atmosphere of positivity that creates enthusiasm and buy-in; many students actually run into the center, ready to jump into the day’s activities.
Students like Anna, who started out saying, “I have dyslexia so I can’t do that”—but doesn’t say that anymore.
Students like Kate, who jubilantly yelled, “I am amazing!” after initially believing the opposite—and then volunteered to read aloud at school for the first time.
Students like Luke, who blew his mother’s mind when he read the kids’ menu to her when they were out to dinner—and then said, “Bet you didn’t know I could read that many words?” with a big smile.
And students like Max, who felt smart in our classroom—and then took that belief out into the wider world as a confident reader who knew he could read words anywhere.
At Elevate, we transcend reading instruction into an extraordinary, life-changing experience for all developing readers, like Anna, Kate, Luke, and Max.