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Elementary Education. U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency Save the Children’s Literacy Program NCFL Conference, April 28, 2013. Our Mission. OUR MISSION is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

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Elementary education

Elementary Education

U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency

Save the Children’s Literacy Program

NCFL Conference, April 28, 2013


Our mission

Our Mission

  • OUR MISSION is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.


Us presence

US Presence

Existing Afterschool Programs:

  • 16 States

  • Partnering with more than 150 public schools

  • Benefiting more than 17,000 children

Who We Are


Selection of partner schools

Selection of Partner Schools

How do we know a school is a good fit?

  • Located in rural areas

  • High percentage of children receive free or reduced lunch

  • Low school-wide achievement of state or national literacy standards

  • Strong commitment and engagement from school administration and community


Why focus on literacy

Why Focus on Literacy?

2.6 million rural children live in poverty

Rationale:

  • 68 percent of 4th graders in rural America read below grade level.

  • A lack of literacy skills is one of the most commonly-cited reasons for dropping out of high school.

  • Education and literacy levels profoundly impact workers’ job prospects and earning potential.

  • 45 percent of poor rural adults have less than a high school education.


Literacy programs

Literacy Programs

  • Supplemental Services:

  • In-School Direct Support

  • Afterschool Programming

  • Summer Programming

Abbreviated Description of the Literacy Programs


Supplemental literacy programs goal

Supplemental Literacy Programs Goal

“Accelerate the reading growth of struggling readers to put them on a track for success in school and beyond.”


In school literacy support

In-School Literacy Support

Program Offerings:

For developing readers in grades 1 through 6

  • Guided Independent Reading Practice

  • Fluency Building Support

  • Reading Tutorials

    For emergent readers in grades K through 1

  • Reading Together Activities

  • Emergent Reader Modules


Afterschool programming

Afterschool Programming

Program Offerings:

  • The Developing Reader Literacy Block

  • The Emergent Reader Literacy Block

  • Healthy Choices – Physical Activity & Nutrition


Summerboost camp

SummerBoost Camp

Program Offerings:

  • The Developing Reader Literacy Block

  • The Emergent Reader Literacy Block

  • Healthy Choices – Physical Activity & Nutrition

  • Mathematics

  • Enrichment

  • Community Service Learning

  • STEM (

  • Special Activities

U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency | ELEMENTARY EDUCATION


Common threads

Common Threads

Each component was designed to be:

  • Based on research

  • Easy to implement

  • Hands-on and fun for children

  • Targeted at specific skills or strategies that children need to succeed as readers


The developing reader literacy block

The Developing Reader Literacy Block

The Developing Reader Literacy Block consists of:

  • 20 minutes: Read-aloud and vocabulary activities

  • 10 minutes: Fluency building

  • 30 minutes: Guided independent reading practice (GIRP)


Formula for success

Formula For Success

GIRP:

Reading within one’s own

range and interest level builds success and love of reading.

Vocabulary

Growth

Vocabulary

Growth

INCREASED

READING

ACHIEVEMENT

FLUENCY:

Repeated reading

activities build

familiarity with words

and confidence.

READ-ALOUD:

Hearing fluent

reading modeled and

being exposed to go fiction and nonfiction

text builds interest in

reading and

background knowledge.

Vocabulary

Growth


Why read aloud

Why Read Aloud?

  • During a read-aloud, children

  • build literacy skills by:

  • Listening to what good reading sounds like

  • Observing think-aloud strategies

  • Building background knowledge

  • Encountering new vocabulary


Why focus on fluency

Why Focus on Fluency?

  • When children do repeated

  • reading, they build literacy

  • skills by:

  • Increasing accuracy and speed

  • Improving expression and phrasing

  • Gaining confidence

  • Practicing new vocabulary


Why do guided independent reading practice

Why do Guided Independent Reading Practice?

Why Do Guided Independent Reading Practice?

  • When children experience

  • success reading independently,

  • they improve literacy skills by:

  • Practicing reading strategies with authentic texts

  • Selecting books that interest them

  • Building confidence

  • Developing pleasure reading instincts


Emergent reader support

Emergent Reader Support

The Emergent Reader Literacy Block consists of:

  • Extended read-alouds

  • Reading together activities

  • Emergent reader skill-building modules


Staffing

Staffing

Site-based literacy staff consists of:

  • Program Coordinator

  • A sufficient number of literacy tutors to ensure a 10:1 child to staff ratio

    Regional and national literacy support consists of:

  • Program Specialist

  • Education Specialist


Developing reader results py 2012

Developing Reader Results PY 2012

  • 75% of kids in our target population achieved significant reading growth

  • Reading gains for evaluated students are equivalent to5 additional months of school

US Programs 2012 Results


Afterschool in school literacy results py 2012 emergent readers

Afterschool & In-School Literacy Results PY 2012 Emergent Readers

  • 96* sites with ER participation serving 3,441 children

    • PY11: 92 sites, 3,614 children

* Four ER sites were excluded from the evaluation

US Programs 2012 Results


Summary

Summary

  • Save the Children partners with communities to serve children in a continuum of services from birth through sixth grade.

  • Language and literacy are important components of both programs.

  • Activities are research based.

  • Results are strong.

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About the u s center for child development and resiliency

About the U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency

For additional resources and

training opportunities, please visit the

U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency

at

www.SavetheChildren.org/USCenter

Save the Children’s U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency is a community for professionals and advocates of children’s issues, including education, health, and emergency preparedness.

U.S. Center for Child Development and Resiliency | ELEMENTARY EDUCATION


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