Only slowly did the realization come that what many children in the "middle" and "low" groups lacked no ability but OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN.
We have been reading Designing Early Literacy Programs by Lea M. McGee and Donald J. Richgels. This books confirms why we are dedicated to partnering with community centers and preschools to ensure all students have access to high quality literacy instruction.⠀
"Only slowly did the realization come that what many children in the "middle" and "low" groups lacked no ability but OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN. Children from low-income families and from diverse cultural backgrounds who have had high levels of literacy support in the home or in preschool also display high levels of reading and writing knowledge at school entry (Barone, 1999; Taylor & Dorsey-Gaines, 1988).⠀
Think of your own children. Have they been put in groups at school that restricted their "opportunity to learn"?
Research in Action
Looking at what research tells us about opportunity to learn, we partner to create evidenced base literacy programs which provide ACCESS to literacy instruction. The student in this picture sends 108 days during the school year, after school practicing her literacy skills. What is the impact we see? Not only do we see literacy skills improve, but attitudes toward learning. She and her mom have started reading at home each night and she improved 4 reading levels in one semester.
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