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The Mentoring 4 Reading Achievement (M4RA) Program is a coming together of parents, schools and volunteers to support the reading achievement of Ohio’s students reading below grade level. M4RA is an outgrowth of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD), a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the educational interests of children with disabilities since 1972.  The intent of this collaboration between M4RA & OCECD is to engage families in the reading achievement of their students.  This will be accomplished by schools providing 1:1 reading mentoring for students needing supplemental reading intervention. http://www.ocecd.org/

Amy Freeman is the Mentoring 4 Reading Achievement Program Director and Debby Ambroza is the Reading Mentoring Specialist for M4RA. We welcome the opportunity to train schools and organizations using a systematic process and structured reading mentoring materials.

M4RA uses an evidence-based model of 1:1 reading mentoring for students reading below grade level, including students with disabilities. Students are mentored 4 times per week by trained mentors using Reading A-Z’s tutoring and mentoring packs.  Schools or organizations using these mentoring materials need to purchase the annual license fee through www.readinga-z.com.  Students using this evidence-based model can make month for month reading level gains for each month of intervention.

Any school or organization that has students who need intensive reading support can receive M4RA Reading Mentoring Instruction at no cost.  These instructional sessions will be scheduled at regional locations throughout the state on a monthly basis.  These Reading Mentoring Instructional Sessions include:

  •  1 full day of instruction
  • 2 M4RA Resource Guide Books
  • Ongoing consultation for questions, etc.

Please contact Amy Freeman for more information: amy.freeman@M4RA.org; 844.220.1647 (toll free)


Create Your Own NameAll schools or organizations are strongly encouraged to create their own name for their mentoring program in order to sustain their program into the future.  Students, staff, parents, and community will relate to the program as belonging to them.  Following are some of the names that schools are using: “The Reading Zone”,Bobcats PAWS 2 Read”, “Mentor a Pirate”, “Inspire”, and “WILDCAT READERS”, “Pirate-2-Pirate”, “R.A.D. Read and Discover”, “Readers 2 Leaders”, “CATS Read”, “B.A.R.K. Building Achievement by Reading with Kids”, “Project Pride”, “Falcons SOAR Students for Outstanding Achievement in Reading” and “MSS Middle School Success

 M4RA Brochure April 2015

About OCECD Fact Sheet 4 2015

About OCECD Fact Sheet 4 2015 Spanish Version

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Celina Primary B.A.R.K.

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Grant and Funding Ideas

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