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, educators, 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
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. Our work in early literacy will focus on identifying and supporting 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 educators. Part of identifying high quality evidence-based reading interventions also means investing in the increased capacity to collect, analyze, and use data in service of better serving students. The Foundation remains committed and best positioned to support early literacy programs grounded in academic best practices.
A significant portion of the Foundation’s strategy connects through schools as the unit of change. We know that improving classroom instruction is critical for transforming third grade reading outcomes. Oakland Unified School District’s implementation of a Balanced Approach to Literacy and Common Core aligned reading curriculum and assessments, along with the Foundation’s work in Blended Personalized Learning, 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 select professional development opportunities to further strengthen the ability of Oakland educators to provide effective and relevant literacy instruction in the early elementary grades.
The launch of the Oakland Literacy Coalition as a fully operational and independent nonprofit organization in 2016 continues to strengthen the field of literacy service providers to achieve more powerful impact together. While the Foundation and the Coalition continue to work in close alignment, this new structure has been pivotal in enabling both of our organizations to take on separate roles and approaches in how we support the field. As an anchor institution for literacy efforts in the community, the Coalition creates space for literacy providers to come together to learn, collaborate, and champion early literacy. With its newly launched Member Network and expanding staff, the Coalition offers additional capacity to the community including access to pro-bono consulting services for nonprofits, funder engagement, and specialized professional development opportunities. Further, the Coalition plays an instrumental role in coordinating several literacy data projects aimed at measuring programmatic impact, improving classroom alignment, and deepening partner collaboration. The Coalition continues to be a key implementing but autonomous agent for the Foundation’s literacy goals and the Foundation remains a critical and active partner in the Coalition’s work to strengthen the service provider field.