urbanpromise targeted Literacy

Did you know that about 16% of children who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from high school on time… and that, when poverty is added to the equation, that percentage jumps to 35% [1]? As of a 2015 study, reading data shows that only 39% of Charlotte third graders were reading on grade level. For students struggling with poverty, the number was even lower [2].

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One of the most vulnerable times of the year for young readers is summer break. The average student loses a month of reading achievement during that time; for students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds, this “summer slide” learning regression increases to two to three months of loss [3].

But, over the last five summers, students who have participated in UrbanPromise Summer Camp have achieved an average of 3.5 months of reading growth in just six weeks! We're proud to help our students not only reduce or avoid the summer slide... but to actually reverse it.

UrbanPromise is committed to helping students grow in their love for reading and achieve literacy results that will set them up for success. The stakes are high, so we’re strategic about how we support our young readers.

BALANCED LITERACY APPROACH

Throughout UrbanPromise’s AfterSchool and Summer Camp programs, certified teachers lead literacy instruction in small classes. Literacy teachers use the Four Blocks Reading Program, a balanced literacy framework that integrates four key areas into reading instruction: guided reading, self- selected reading, writing, and working with words.

In this balanced literacy approach, teachers provide direct instruction of the underlying building blocks of reading and writing such as:

• Phonemic Awareness
• Phonics
• Fluency
• Vocabulary
• Comprehension Skills

We measure and track individual student reading data using the i-Ready diagnostic.

LITERACY LEADS

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Each of our UrbanPromise sites has a small group of "Literacy Leads", StreetLeaders who plan weekly with our Literacy Facilitator to help execute differentiated instruction for students and monitor student growth in phonics and fluency throughout the week.

All of our Literacy Leads are trained in the Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) model and utilize it for one-on-one tutoring. HELPS integrates easy-to-use instructional strategies that are specifically designed to improve students' reading fluency.

Additionally, all StreetLeaders practice active reading strategies with individual students or small groups.

HELPS tutoring allowed our kids to build closer relationships with StreetLeaders, grow in their reading, and change the way they viewed it. It allowed kids to see reading as something encouraging that they just kept getting better at when we showed them their progress.
— Cameron, UP West Site Literacy Lead

THANK YOU TO THESE GENEROUS COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHOse support goes specifically towards making OUR TARGETED LITERACY PROGRAM POSSIBLE!