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.  


Our History

Our Processes

The Learning Alliance builds the collaborative capacity of our community and schools to learn and adapt through our Moonshot Transformation Process (MTP). MTP borrows principles and practices from Reverse Visioning and Emergent Learning processes to inspire action and provide rapid feedback for accelerated learning.  Using these strategies in collaboration with school and community leadership has allowed Indian River County to make unprecedented progress toward improving education.


Historical Timeline/Accomplishments:


  • Launched the first teacher training initiative,

  • Created 'Stop Summer Slide'  Summer Camps,

  • Piloted Fundations, foundational literacy programs at 3 schools, 

  • Launched Master Coach training program,

  • Launched Community Literacy Leaders Steering Committee.


  • Introduced Ready for Kindergarten Parent classes,

  • Opened a Teacher Training Lab at Gifford Youth Achievement Center.


  • Launched volunteer tutor program.


  • Scaled Fundations foundational literacy program to all 13 elementary schools,

  • Opened Moonshot Academy for Students and Teachers on 4 school campuses,

  • Co-created Literacy and the Lagoon summer camp at Treasure Coast Elementary,

  • Created Smart Baby Ambassadors to recruit parents for Ready! For Kindergarten.

  • 2015/2016

  • Helped found Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative,

  • Grew embedded coaching in schools,

  • Launched VPK teacher professional development pilot, 

  • Grew Master Coach program into the Moonshot Institute for all K-5 teachers,


  • Launched Unit Planning (UP!) Campaign in collaboration with the School District,

  • Launched the Moonshot Bookmobile which distributes books underserved neighborhoods,

  • Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) is created out of the former Literacy Leaders,

  • MCAN hosted a community summer summit with over 100 community leaders attending,

  • Smart Babies becomes "Play to Learn, Learn to Play,"

  • Unveiled the Moonshot Rocket Mobile Literacy Lab.


  • Launched Unit Planning (UP!) Campaign in collaboration with the School District,

2017 - 2020

  • Launched our bi-annual Community Summit with over 225 community and business leaders from the private, civic and public sectors to work together to understand the importance of third grade reading for our community, and to discuss solutions to reach the Moonshot goal
  • Launched the TLA microcredential program to provide targeted, intentional training and accreditation for our TLA-trained Moonshot educators
  • Continued to develop community awareness and support through fun, community-based learning and engagement activities such as literacy events, parades, and our Bookmobile and Luna the Literacy RV giveaways
  • Our Moonshot Reading Rocket began delivery Literacy in Action programs to our local pre-K and elementary classrooms, modeling arts-literacy lessons for educators while delivering a memorable learning experience to students
  • Our Moonshot Community Action Network (MCAN) grew to have over 125 committed community organizations working together to support the Moonshot Moment goal
Our History

Contact Information

The Learning Alliance
2066 14th Avenue
Suite 102
Vero Beach, FL 32960

P.O. Box 2647
Vero Beach, FL 32961



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