This is our moonshot mission...

“From Kindergarten through 3rd grade, a child learns to read, and thereafter, they read to learn.” -Ray Oglethorpe

Chairman of The Learning Alliance Board

Our Mission

To transform our community’s future and become a model for the nation by creating a culture in which 90% of our children read on grade level by the end of third grade.

Our Vision

For our children to become literate, compassionate, creative citizens who will improve our world.

Our Core Values

Compassion

We believe that every child is one caring adult away from achieving their potential and that every adult understands they can make an impact.

Opportunity

We believe every child deserves a world-class education
regardless of their circumstances.

Data Driven

We believe “one size fits no one” and that authentic and meaningful instruction, based on data, is the pathway to academic success.

Collaboration

We believe that schools can’t do it alone and that a community’s health and economic success requires investment in early education.

Transformation

We believe that transformation is a process that develops a learning culture characterized by positive mindset, civility, and kindness. It requires leadership that believes and strives for continuous improvement and the ability to move from breakdowns to breakthroughs.

We’re loving the new mural being painted at @verobeachelem, a Moonshot School, by muralist Sarah Peck!
Take a look at her progress! #moonshotmoment

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Register for “Not Without Teachers: Intentional Teacher Development for Improved Student Outcomes” featuring TLA Co-Founder Liz Remington and TLA/SDIRC employee Leslie Connelly on Tuesday, February 27, from 3-4:30 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gm99P7vAS9u3JChZZzlLPg#/registration

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Join @readingby3rd + @ThePattersonFdn on 1/16 for a funder convo w/ @exponentphil to learn about their catalytic leadership framework - a transformational philanthropic leadership style enabling lean funders to achieve big results for communities REGISTER: https://ow.ly/oIcO50PMf8y

VBE 2nd graders took a red, white, and blue look at the history of the National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” during their unit study of the War of 1812. The unit culminated with the creation of a giant American flag showcasing self-portraits of the students.

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OUr History

The Learning Alliance was founded on the premise that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and that literacy is the gateway to that success. Started in 2009, by two mothers and a philanthropist who realized the importance of literacy, The Learning Alliance set out to improve the social and economic welfare of our community by tackling the unacceptable literacy rate prevalent here and throughout the country. This movement, now comprised of an entire community, aims to achieve the audacious Moonshot Moment goal of 90% Literacy by the Third Grade. While our journey to student-centered literacy education began with a moral belief that no child should have to suffer with reading and learning, we soon realized this was also an economic imperative.
2023/2024
This Year: The Moonshot School Opens

The Moonshot School launched this fall at Vero Beach Elementary (VBE), one of our highest-needs schools. While VBE students are some of the most economically challenged students in our community, we know that if we can achieve 90% literacy there, we can achieve it anywhere. 

2022/2023
Faces Campaign

The Learning Alliance’s 2022 Moonshot Moment Campaign, “Faces of Early Literacy: Today’s Readers are Tomorrow’s Leaders” features large black and white posters of Indian River County children in hopes of generating conversations about literacy. These giant posters are part of a temporary art exhibit inspired by the global “Inside Out” art project featured on a 2011 TED Talk.

2021/2022
Moonshot Families is Born

In 2022 we rebranded and reimagined Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative as Moonshot Families Early Learning.

2020/2021
Meet the Puppets

 

 

 

 

Moonshot the Puppet, along with a few friends, appeared in classrooms, living rooms and throughout the community to continue teaching students virtually as we journey though the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020
Merging Our Communities

 

 

 

 

On April 1, 2020, TLA acquired Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative (KRC), expanding our reach to 0-5 year olds.

2019/2020
Additional Professional Development

 

 

 

 

Launched AIM Pathways PD

2018/2019
Expansion

 

 

 

 

  • Expanded MSA to 8 campuses
  • Expanded 3GI to 12 campuses
  • Added K-2 Coaches on 4 campuses
2018
Launched Moonshot Monday's Professional Learning Community (PLC)

 

 

 

 

Launched Moonshot Monday's PLC

2017/2018
Added Third Grade Interventionists (3GI) on 5 campuses

 

 

 

 

Added Third Grade Interventionists onto 5 campuses

2017
Children Services Advisory Council awarded More Millage

 

 

 

 

CSAC awarded More Millage

2016/2017
Unit Planning (UP) Campaign Launched with SDIRC

 

 

 

 

UP Campaign Launched with SDIRC

2016
Moonshot Summer Teacher Institute Launched

 

 

 

 

MSI Summer Teacher Institute Launched

2016
Blast off into Reading!

 

 

 

 

Team TLA launched the Moonshot Bookmobile to make literacy more accessible all around Indian River County. The Bookmobile gifts free books for all kids.

2015/2016
Moonshot Academy launched on school campuses

 

 

 

 

Moonshot Academy launched on school campuses

2014/2015
Conscious Discipline introduced at Indian River Academy

 

 

 

 

Conscious Discipline introduced at Indian River Academy

2012
PACESETTER Award Winning Programs

 

 

 

 

Since 2012, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has recognized our Moonshot Moment movement as a Pacesetter and BrightSpot for our collaborative work toward the 90% literacy goal.

Summer 2012
Set Moonshot Moment Goal

 

 

 

 

The Learning Alliance's Moonshot Goal of 90% literacy by the end of third grade was created.

2012/2013
Literacy Leaders / Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) created

 

 

 

 

Literacy Leaders / MCAN created

Fall 2010
Fundations program is in 3 out of 13 schools

 

 

 

 

Fundations program is in 3 out of 13 schools

2010/2011
The Beginning...

 

 

 

 

  • Sonday introduced into schools
  • Master Coach Training Initiated
  • Moonshot Academy started at Gifford Youth Achievement Center (GYAC)