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The challenge is meant to complement classroom instruction by helping students grow their love of learning, Superintendent Watlington said, while they practice literacy skills at home like vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Advocates and others say the city’s “Read by 4th” campaign and other efforts have built a strong foundation.
Brent Johnstone and Akeiff Staples started FathersRead365 from scratch five years ago and worked hard to expand its reach.
But district data suggest drops were similar across racial, socioeconomic lines
At El Futuro, the only bilingual site, students learn not only writing, but also about Mexican culture.
All kindergarten through 3rd-grade students will receive up to three free books every month through the nonprofit BookTrust, with a grant from the William Penn Foundation,
Ten elementary schools will have their 18-month projects funded and evaluated.
The Philadelphia educator and social entrepreneur focused on big-picture problems, founding several nonprofit organizations.
Many educators do not learn the science of reading.
Students and their teachers dress up as characters from their favorite books. It is the beginning of an annual tradition, teachers say.
The program is an example of using everyday activities to promote literacy in young children.
"People underestimate how complicated it is" to teach children how to read, a District official said. Yet it is a crucial job.