HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LITERACY PROGRAM READING IN MOTION LAUNCHING IN FOUR ENGLEWOOD SCHOOLS
Reading In Motion Uses Unique and Engaging Curriculum to Help Students Meet or Exceed Grade-Level Reading Benchmarks
(CHICAGO) – Reading In Motion, the most effective literacy organization for students whose environment or circumstances put them in greater need of support, has launched in four Englewood elementary schools – Charles W. Earle Elementary, Randolph Elementary School, Perkins Bass Elementary and Luke O’Toole School. The neighborhood schools will use the Reading In Motion program for the first time to teach reading in Kindergarten and first grade for the 2015-16 school year.
“We believe that a child’s reading level at the end of first grade determines success or struggle for the rest of his or her life,” said Karl Androes, Co-founder and Executive Director of Reading In Motion. “The goal of our program is to have every child reading at or above grade level by the end of first grade. Reading In Motion produces exceptional results for Chicago Public School students and we are excited to begin the school year with our newest school partners in Englewood.”
In the 2014-15 school year, 21 percent more Reading In Motion students met or exceeded grade-level reading benchmarks than the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) average – 82 percent compared to the CPS average of just 61 percent.
Serving more than 5,000 students – the majority attending public schools where 90 percent or more students are from families below the federal poverty level – Reading In Motion uses music and drama to provide an engaging learning experience for children in the early grades. Small groups teach students at all levels, allowing one-on-one instruction for children struggling to meet grade-level benchmarks and helping more advanced readers develop their focus and teamwork skills. On-site coaches work with teachers to help implement the Reading In Motion curriculum while also expanding teachers’ skills.
“Reading success in the early grades has a positive effect for children over the course of their entire academic career,” Androes said. “This new partnership with these four Chicago Public Schools will help build a strong community of lifelong readers in Englewood.”