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Building a More Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Organization

Equity is at the forefront of Literacy First’s organizational goals. Staff continued efforts in 2020-2021 to ensure the entire organization reflects this core value. The Literacy First DEI Committee met twice monthly to plan and execute initiatives, with the mission of meeting strategic plan goals to increase diversity, strengthen inclusion, and ensure racially equitable outcomes. Trained staff hosted “Civic Reflections” […]

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Students Excel in Randomized Controlled Trial Study of Literacy First

Since its inception in 1994, Literacy First has invested in rigorous research to evaluate the impact of the program on student outcomes. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the American Institutes for Research partnered with Literacy First to conduct an independent evaluation of the impact of participation in Literacy First on the early reading skills […]

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Building Blocks of Literacy

By Gillian Pace, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Through the past year of tutoring, my understanding of reading instruction has improved tremendously. Before I learned about Literacy First, most of my knowledge came from personal experience. My memories of early literacy are reading with my parents or little brother. I didn’t have any formal knowledge of […]

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Finding a Voice Through Reading

By Kylee Pearl, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor There are some things you can never be prepared for when it comes to teaching. Although there are many lessons you learn while tutoring, one lesson that has, somewhat unexpectedly, impacted me the most is the relationships I have made with my students.  Every kid is different. You […]

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A Letter to My Students

By Amanda Woodle, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor Dear Students, I am sorry I could not tell you this in person, and I am so sad that we had to say goodbye sooner than expected. But more importantly, I am so proud of all of the hard work you have put in and all that you […]

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The Last Day

By Lauren, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor At the time, I was completely unaware that Thursday, March 12th would be my last day of tutoring. As far as I knew, it was a normal weekday. I do not remember much of the school day, but I do remember choosing a t-shirt to wear to field day […]

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A Literacy First Tutor’s Favorite Things

By Rachel Peterson, 2019-2020 Literacy First Tutor My Team By the end of our Pre-Service Training, I had interacted with as many of the 50+ Literacy First AmeriCorps members as I could. The 2nd/3rd year leaders were stationed around the room with signage to welcome their new crews. My name was called with three members […]

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Community Comes Together for 26th Annual Swearing In Ceremony

For the 26th consecutive year, Literacy First welcomed a new cohort of AmeriCorps members to the program with an inspiring Swearing In Ceremony. More than 50 tutors officially pledged a year of service at the Thompson Conference Center on Monday, September 9th. Dr. Mary Ellen Isaacs, Literacy First Director, opened the ceremony with a message on the persistent […]

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