From Pre-K to Fifth Grade: Early Literacy as Dropout Prevention For Philadelphia Students – Nov 5

Posted by Philadelphia Education Fund on October 20, 2020

It’s long been understood that literacy is the gateway to learning. No doubt you’ve heard the maxim: In grades K-3, a student must learn to read, so that in grades 4-12 they can read to learn.

In a 2014 report, entitled “Double Jeopardy”, researchers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation also found a link between fourth-grade reading proficiency and high school completion rates. Astonishingly, they discovered that students with low levels of proficiency were four times as likely to drop out of high school.

In Philadelphia, the struggle to improve upon rates of early literacy is a collaborative one. At the center of these local efforts are the School District of Philadelphia, the Children’s Literacy Initiative, and various community partners engaged through Philadelphia’s Read By 4th Campaign.

Join us on November 5, 2020, 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM, to hear from our local leaders in early literacy. What lessons have they learned prior to and during COVID. What adjustments have they made during this period of distance learning? What challenges remain? And, most importantly, what role can the larger Philadelphia community play in the effort?

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