Who We Are
“From Kindergarten through 3rd grade, a child learns to read, and thereafter, they read to learn.” -Ray Oglethorpe
Chairman of The Learning Alliance Board
THIS IS OUR MOONSHOT MOMENT...
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.
For our children to become literate, compassionate, creative citizens who will improve our world.
Our Core Values
We believe that every child is one caring adult away from achieving their
potential and that every adult understands they can make an impact.
We believe every child deserves a world-class education
regardless of their circumstances.
We believe “one size fits no one” and that authentic and meaningful
instruction, based on data, is the pathway to academic success.
We believe that schools can’t do it alone and that a community’s health and
economic success requires investment in early education.
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.
Meet The TLA Team
Ray OglethorpeChairman of the Board and TLA Founder
“The Learning Alliance is committed to improving education for ALL children. Knowing that literacy is the number one predictor of success and that nationally only 32% of third graders are reading proficiently motivates our work. We know that third grade is the linchpin to success, because children learn to read until third grade and read to learn thereafter. We call our goal of 90% literacy by third grade the Moonshot Moment.
The Moonshot Moment goal has motivated action and started an unparalleled movement, but behind this goal is a PROMISE: A promise to our children, our schools and our community. There is no deadline on a promise – only a call for intensified commitment and action to ensure our children have the chance to succeed. The progress we have made motivates us to continue the work so we can make good on our promise!
I am proud to be part of a community of citizens here in Vero Beach who have joined the journey and who will help pave the way for other communities to do the same.”