Reading in Motion Expands to Racine


CHICAGO, IL – {September 11, 2014}, Reading In Motion and the Racine Unified School District in Racine, WI, have partnered to offer Reading In Motion’s proven reading improvement model to 14 dual language classrooms within the Racine school district. The Racine Unified School District becomes the first district outside of the Chicago area that will partner with Reading In Motion.

“We are very pleased to expand Reading In Motion to Racine,” said Karl Androes, Executive Director of Reading In Motion, a non-profit organization. “For more than 31 years, we’ve been getting students reading at grade level or above in Chicago and always believed what we did for students in Chicago could be done for students elsewhere. Now we have that chance with Racine and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”

Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms, participating in Racine’s dual language program, will benefit from Reading In Motion’s Spanish Benchmarks curriculum that is based on using music and drama to engage students’ learning. The innovative Spanish curriculum, together with the specialized, on-site coaching support given to teachers will provide dual language students the extra support they need to read at grade level or above and start them on the path for a lifetime of successful learning.

“We have been looking for a program to help boost our students’ reading results and we believe Reading In Motion’s engaging music and drama-based curriculum plus the coaching support for the teachers will be the right supplement to our core reading curriculum,” said Dr. Jose Martinez, Director of the Dual Language Program, Racine Unified School District.

Teachers participating in Reading In Motion went through a two-day training session in August. They practiced songs and various other effective techniques to use within small and whole group sessions within the classroom. They also learned how using data to differentiate instruction could help them tailor Reading In Motion to get the most reading growth from their students.

Reading In Motion is implemented for 50 minutes everyday for 32 weeks during the school year and serves as a supplement to a school’s core reading curriculum. A coach visits each classroom once every two weeks to support the teacher in implementing Reading In Motion, deciphering data, and understanding the curriculum.

Reading In Motion is a literacy organization that gets students reading at grade level or above within the first years of school, especially those students whose environment or circumstances put them in greater need of support. It offers an engaging, innovative literacy model, designed in both Spanish and English. Reading In Motion collaborates with teachers to measurably improve students’ reading to grade level benchmarks or above and builds basic, crucial reading skills early to start students on the path for a lifetime of successful learning. Reading In Motion is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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Posted on August 13, 2013 in News

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