We aim to unlock the great reader in every child. Specifically, our program will focus on increasing reading fluency and comprehension for all students, particularly Black, Latino, and Native American children and those experiencing poverty.
Every student is capable of reading challenging books, and every school should place students on that path. Today only one-third of American children read at grade level. The American education system is failing two-thirds of students. Even more, as students progress through school, the system does worse. This is especially striking for Black, Latino, and Native American students and those experiencing poverty. Only 1 in 7 Black students and 1 in 5 Hispanic and Native American students read at grade level in 8th grade, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Despite significant effort and resources over the last decade, literacy rates have not improved; in fact they have declined. It’s time for a new approach.
Reading Reimagined will engage in design efforts grounded in the lived experiences of the students and educators. We will do this in part by examining how all elements of reading instruction and social development must interact to support students to reach their full potential as readers. This commitment begins with the creation of an Educator Advisory Council. As a vital advisory body, this Council will partner with the Reading Reimagined team at each stage. Together, we will design and learn from research and development projects. . This commitment will continue with school communities, who can sign up to collaborate on this work with researchers and product developers in fall 2022.
In addition to leveraging reading research and practices that currently exist, Reading Reimagined will target its Inclusive R&D on three core areas that impact student reading, but which lack deep research-based approaches to instruction. The learning in these efforts will be made widely available and integrated into practical, coordinated tools and products:
Reading Reimagined’s Advisory Council consists of national leaders representing practitioners, researchers, and product experts who share the program’s belief that every student is capable of being a great reader when given access to adequate resources and instruction. The Advisory Council will help build and hold the standard for evidenced-based innovation projects and influence Reading Reimagined’s processes, goals, investment decisions, and overall outcomes during the program’s lifecycle.
Learn more about and apply to our Educator Advisory Council here.