Literacy is key to a choice-filled life.
Children who cannot read by the end of third grade are 4x more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers.
In Minneapolis, less than 33% of BIPOC students are reading at grade level, compared with more than 75% of white students.
The Science of Reading
Over the last five decades, thousands of studies have been conducted across the world informing how reading and writing develop, why some have difficulty, and how we can most effectively teach our children.
The research revealed important information about how reading is processed in the brain, key components necessary in proficient reading (such as decoding and reading comprehension), and how those components translate into explicit skills and instruction.
Minnesota Literacy Coalition
Great MN Schools has partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools and the National Parents Union MN to build and co-chair the Minnesota Literacy Coalition. Together, we have convened more than 60 local organizations that care deeply about student literacy, including Hennepin County Library, ServeMN, EdAllies, Bellwether, and ANet.
The Minnesota Literacy Coalition is united around a common purpose to change literacy experiences and outcomes in our state. We identify and implement concrete, actionable efforts in the following areas:
Supporting Strong Instruction
Adoption and implementation of high-quality science-backed curriculum, teacher training, and support for instructional leaders
Expanding Access & Support
Family and community resources inside and outside of school
Changing the System
Building the conditions needed through public awareness and policy change
Join the movement for equity and excellence in literacy outcomes
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