LITERACY FOR ALL
Literacy Academy Collective brings evidence-based literacy instruction into the DOE Public School system.
We partner with schools, families, community-based organizations, and institutes of higher education to bring culturally relevant, structured literacy to the most marginalized students at the intersection of race, income, and disability. Our aim is to alter life outcomes by allowing children to access learning through literacy.
What is Structured Literacy?
Structured literacy is an approach to teaching oral and written language. It's based on the science of how kids learn to read based on decades of research.
What is dyslexia or a language-based learning disability?
"Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
We did a reading pilot this summer!
In collaboration with The Windward Institute, Superintendent Dr. Kristy De La Cruz in District 4 East Harlem, and 2 Title I NYC public elementary schools, LAC provided 16 hours of in-depth beginner professional development in a proven structured literacy program to three DOE teachers. They were paired with an experienced mentor teacher at a Summer Rising site to deliver 2 hours of reading instruction every morning to 30 mandated summer school students. The results were exciting...