The following lays out the logic model for our Early Literacy strategy.
Improve the reading proficiency of a minimum of 2,500 K-3 public school students by 2020
Oakland is aligned around a bold goal for increasing third grade reading achievement. A collaborative effort of families, schools, and community partners is needed to equip young students with the foundational literacy skills required for future learning and success.
Focus of Change
Early literacy service providers, public schools and school operators, and families of children ages 0-8.
Language-rich environments and interactions from birth prepare young children for school and reading success • Every classroom needs effective instruction supporting the majority of students to reach proficiency • Students have different learning needs and some need additional support to become proficient readers; schools need tiered interventions to enable all students to achieve • Teaching reading is the work of schools but they can’t succeed alone; collaboration with families and community partners is key
Evidence-based reading interventions and supports for early elementary students and educators. Children have diverse learning needs and even with effective classroom instruction there will always be students who require additional support in order to learn to read. The Foundation’s Early Literacy Initiative will identify and support reading intervention providers working with K-3 students to grow their impact by expanding their reach, improving their practice, and strengthening systems for coordination and strategic partnership with schools and school operators. Because oftentimes the students furthest from opportunity are disconnected from school-based services, the Foundation will also continue to partner with select community-based literacy providers. By 2020, literacy grantees will provide evidence-based interventions and support services to a minimum of 2,500 (approximately 15%) K-3 Oakland public school students to accelerate their rate of learning and help them reach proficiency in reading.
Strengthening the Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) strengthens the field of literacy service
providers to achieve more powerful impact together. Through the Oakland Literacy Coalition, literacy providers come together to learn, collaborate, and champion early literacy in the community.
OLC 2.0. The Foundation heard the important feedback during our strategic planning and outreach about the need to strengthen and deepen the impact of the OLC. To position the OLC to pursue its goals with greater community ownership and leadership, and sustain itself as an anchor institution for literacy efforts in the community, the Foundation will support the OLC to be operationalized as an independent organization. This reflects a natural evolution in the structure of an effort that the Foundation has galvanized and incubated over seven years. The OLC will continue to be a key implementing but autonomous agent for the Foundation’s literacy goals and the Foundation will remain a critical and active partner in its work in whatever future structure the OLC takes.
Oakland Reads 2020: Build awareness and community engagement for early literacy. The OLC will continue to spearhead the Oakland Reads 2020 campaign to ensure early literacy is reflected in community priorities and investments and to connect students and families with literacy resources. Taking a more deliberate and focused approach as a campaign, Oakland Reads 2020 will build awareness for early literacy, create targeted engagement opportunities, and advocate for early literacy as a priority in city/community efforts and investments.
Foster literacy-rich environments. The Foundation’s early literacy work recognizes the important role families and books play in the literacy development of children and youth. One of our continuing strategies will be to connect families and schools with books and early learning resources to create literacy-rich spaces.
Align investments across the Foundation’s Quality Schools and Blended Personalized Learning initiatives. A significant portion of the Foundation’s strategy connects through schools as the unit of change. We are aware that improving classroom instruction is critical for transforming third grade reading outcomes. The district’s implementation of a Balanced Approach to Literacy and Common Core aligned reading curriculum and assessments, along with the Foundation’s Blended Personalized Learning Initiative, are among the efforts underway to equip teachers with new tools and models to boost student achievement and reduce the need for additional intervention outside of the classroom. Through our work in Early Literacy, the Foundation will support promising capacity-building programs to further strengthen the ability of Oakland educators to provide effective and relevant literacy instruction in the early elementary grades. We are also committed to strategically integrating our work across all of our initiatives and co-locating investments to reinforce supports for early literacy across focal school sites.
Near-Term Outputs and Outcomes
- Literacy grantees will provide evidence-based interventions and support services to a minimum of 1,500 K-3 Oakland public school students by the 2016-17 school year
- 75% of K-3 students receiving interventions through literacy grantees will accelerate their rate of learning (achieve more than one year expected growth) by the 2016-17 school year and thereafter annually
- Capacity-building programs will result in 85% of participating TK-3 educators reporting increased ability to implement effective literacy programming/instruction
- 85% of Oakland Literacy Coalition (OLC) member literacy providers report that their participation increased their capacity to provide effective and impactful literacy programming by the 2016-17 school year and thereafter annually
- Oakland Reads 2020 will organize/sponsor community events to distribute a least 4,000 books to children while building awareness engagement for early literacy by the 2016-17 school year and thereafter annually
Impact and Anticipated Changes
- By 2020, literacy grantees will provide evidence-based interventions and support services to a minimum of 2,500 K-3 Oakland public school students to accelerate their rate of learning and help them reach proficiency in reading
- The OLC will support systems to be put in place to support district schools to strategically select and partner with effective literacy services and interventions that are responsive to the literacy needs of their students
- Oakland Reads 2020 will ensure early literacy is reflected in community priorities and investments with a shared goal of 85% of students reading proficiently by 2020