READING SUCCESS

Reading Success Empowers Personal Success

How are the children?

Are they empowered to achieve their full potential?

Mission

Every student achieves their full potential

Goals

  1. Every student enters kindergarten ready to do well in school.
  2. Every student in 3rd grade achieves grade-level reading proficiency or above.
  3. Every elementary school student advances to middle school at grade level or above.
  4. Every middle school student advances to high school at grade level or above.
  5. Every high school student graduates with the skills to succeed in college, vocational school or career.
  6. No drop outs.

Note: There may be some exceptions where students cannot achieve these goals through no fault of their own or the families. However, we believe every student should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

What we do

Promote

  1. Build community awareness about how many students are being left behind. (The Data/Need)
  2. Inform and engage community organizations to help address the education crisis.
  3. Inform and engage families to help ensure they understand their role and options to help their children succeed.

Support

  1. We provide families with the tools, training, and support to help each child build the skills to succeed.
  2. We help ensure every family is connected to the Internet with a device students can use at home to do the training.
  3. Family ambassadors provide ongoing encouragement and support to ensure students stay on track.

Celebrate

  1. We help families track student success from kindergarten through post-secondary.
  2. We recognize student success at each key milestone with certificates, plaques, medallions, celebration events and incentives.

How we do it

  1. ​We focus on helping students in grades K-3 so most students achieve the 3rd-grade reading-proficiency milestone.
  2. We can also help older students improve achievement.
  3. Families become aware of the opportunity and want their children to participate.
  4. The Family Representative joins the Cornerstone Movement and communicates they want to participate in the education program. The cost for full Program access is $100 per student per year, but it is discounted by scholarships to $25 per year. If a Family were to purchase the Programs from our provider partners directly, the normal retail cost is $200 per year, so we are providing the programs at a substantial discount based upon scholarship funding. There is a free membership option to become involved in the program, learn more, and access some free line program content. If a family truly cannot afford the $25 per year membership fee, we will work to raise grant funds to scholarship these families. We do not wish for any child to not participate because of limited funds.
  5. The Family Representative is assigned to a Family Ambassador, unless the Family Ambassador recruited the Family. In that case, they would work with the Family Ambassador who recruited them.
  6. The Family Representative is provided an introduction and orientation to the Program. Orientations will be scheduled as needed. Initially, they will be held at the Cornerstone office at 506 East Moreno Ave., but over time we will expand through community partners to make locations convenient for families. In the past, we have often met at public libraries as needed. If families wish to participate, they will sign a pledge.
  7. Internet access and availability of a computing device students can use at home will be discussed and resolved as resources permit. Families are responsible for ensuring access. If a family cannot afford a device, they can apply for a scholarship. We will provide a 7-inch tablet as resources permit. Low-cost Internet is available through Comcast if the family has at least one student who qualifies for the school-lunch program. (Comcast Internet Essentials)
  8. The Family Representative reviews our website and materials.
  9. The Family Ambassador creates an account for the student or students in the Family. The Program is provided through scholarships.
  10. The Family Representative introduces the Program to their child, discusses Mindset principles, and works through the visual processing assessments and exercises. (Programs)
  11. The student begins the regular training on either Reading Kingdom and/or the Brain Training Program.
  12. The Family Ambassador reviews progress weekly through their admin portal and communicates with the Family Representative, usually by text, email, or phone. If the student is on track, they will celebrate and encourage continued diligence. If the student is not training consistently, or if there are questions, the Family Ambassador will work with the Family Representative to resolve any issues and hopefully get the student on track. If a student does not train properly for any one month period, and there are no extenuating circumstances, the student will be removed from the Program. We can only afford to provide scholarships to those who are willing to train consistently.
  13. If the Family Representative has any questions, they can contact their Family Ambassador. The Family Ambassador will do their best to answer the questions and support the family as best they can.
  14. We will offer events where Families can meet with other Families, Family Ambassadors and other volunteers as resources permit. We will offer special trainings as the need arises.
  15. Families will track progress through school test results and report them to their Family Ambassador so we can know if the student is progressing. Sometimes progress can be noted within two months, but a student must train diligently at least one year to see measurable results. Most students need to train for two years to fully upgrade their skills to grade level.
  16. Each year, as resources permit, we will hold an event to celebrate all participants who pass the state 3rd grade English Language Arts Assessments. Students will receive a Certificate of Achievement. As resources permit, we will also provide a very nice plaque that has slots to recognize ongoing achievement in grades 4-12.

The Need

We are allowing too many children to fail.

  • Based upon the Nation’s Report Card (US Dept. of Education), two of every three children are not proficient in reading by fourth grade.
  • Eight of every ten children of color are not proficient in reading by fourth grade.

Cheryl Grimes

Lead Family Ambassador

Working with her two sons on the Reading Kingdom Program.

Join the Movement

Education is the new civil rights.

Every student needs to build their skills so they can achieve their full potential.

This will help to build a better community and a better nation.

This will help more people achieve economic justice. ​

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Programs

Students in grades K-3 complete the award-winning online reading program Reading Kingdom.

Students in grades 2 and above complete online brain training programs to build cognitive skills to make learning faster, easier and more effective.

Irlen Project

  1. 10-12% of the population have Irlen Syndrome
  2. It is not an optical vision issue
  3. For some, reading is difficult because the brain cannot easily process all of the light bouncing off a page of text or from a computer screen
  4. Letters or words may move, it may cause headaches, it may cause trouble with tracking, or it may cause tiredness or attention issues.

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