Building the Literacy Capital of the World!
The Learning Alliance is committed to improving education for all children. Our vision is a future where 90% of children arrive ready for kindergarten and are reading on grade level by 3rd grade; where children are taught to think critically and creatively, possessing the skills to be successful in the 21st Century; and where community leaders, businesses and individuals work together for the greater good, so that our community can prosper.
The Learning Alliance is a vision driven, emergent learning organization dedicated to building innovative and collaborative solutions to help children learn to read. Our “Moonshot Moment" vision of 90% of all third graders reading on grade level motivates our work. Given that today only 35% of all third graders nationally and 54% locally are reading on grade level, success requires unprecedented levels of trust, collaboration, and leadership between schools and community partners.
Why It Matters
Our national shame:
Only 35% of children are reading proficiently by third grade and we know our economy requires that 9 out of 10 people be literate.
Third grade is pivotal because children learn to read by third grade, then they read to learn. If children miss the mastery of literacy by third grade, they only have a 1 in 6 chance of catching up.
Fourth graders who cannot read at grade level are likely to become our nation's lowest income, least skilled, least productive and most costly citizens.
Some states determine how many prison cells to build based on school third grade reading scores.
More than 75% of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers, 68% of those arrested and 60% of America's prison inmates are illiterate.
Our work has received national attention with three Pace Setter Awards from The National Campaign for Grade Level Reading and with a PBS NewsHour special. Like John F. Kennedy’s goal, our Moonshot Moment Goal has no known blueprint. It requires cultural transformation both within schools and across the community.