Reach Every Reader
- Over half of U.S. children are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. Struggling readers face significant challenges in school and beyond. A student who fails to read adequately in first grade has a 90% probability of reading poorly in 4th grade and a 75% probability of reading poorly in high school.110
- There has been limited progress in science-based interventions to help students gain reading proficiency, and interventions are often implemented too late to create a successful impact.111
A collaboration between neuroscience and education research teams at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative, and Florida State University, Reach Every Reader (RER) works to address the urgent and persistent societal challenges of early literacy through five areas of research: pre-literacy skills and early childhood development, screening and diagnostic assessments of literacy development, early intervention and support for developing readers, literacy tools and practices for educators, and scalability and collaboration with other researchers and organizations.
RER has reached more than 58,000 children, 28,000 educators and 7,000 parent caregivers in 47 states.112 RER developed, validated and proved effective three mobile apps that promote pre-literacy skills, highlighting the role of conversations in early childhood language development. RER also established the Agile Teacher Lab to provide professional learning for educators at all levels of their career development, including a virtual classroom simulation and a board game to help improve decision-making and promote deeper thinking in the classroom.
RER tools are making an impact in early elementary classrooms. For example, RER’s Interstellar Express Hotshot quick literacy screener is used to determine if a child is at risk for being a struggling reader. The Model of Reading Engagement (MORE) curricular tools lead to lasting improvements in reading comprehension in science, social studies and English language arts. In North Carolina, students who participated in MORE for three years demonstrated higher achievement in reading and math, and the gains persisted after students were no longer receiving MORE lessons.113
Reach Every Reader’s vision is that all children will be readers with the skills, knowledge and interest to read for learning and pleasure.
“One of my hopes for Reach Every Reader is that we contribute to joyful, equitable and rich learning environments that support thriving readers. Beyond that, we seek a greater understanding of personalized interventions, and of how to leverage children’s talents and strengths and merge that with what they need to succeed. I’m excited to help change the way learning happens, even beyond literacy”